The menopause marks the time in a woman’s life when her menstruation stops and she is no longer fertile (able to become pregnant).
In the UK the average age for the menopause is 52 (National Health Service), while in the USA it is 51 (National Institute of Aging). About one fifth of women in India knowledge menopause previous to the age of 41, a study found.
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When you were younger, you may have heard your mother, grandmother, or aunts quietly complaining about it. Now, you may find that your friends are chatting about it, you co-worker are going through it, and you are worrying about it.
Often referred to with horror as “The Change,” menopause is a scary thing to have to face. Even scarier though, is having to face this time of life with no meaningful the facts.
What exactly is menopause? What can you expect during this time? What are the symptoms of menopause? Not to fear – menopause doesn’t have to be scary when you know the details.
Menopause is defined as the termination of menstruation as a result of the normal decline in ovarian function. Technically, you enter menopause following 12 consecutive months with no a period.
Menopause has become increasingly medicalized, which means it is view as something that requires intervention and treatment rather than as a natural life transition that may benefit from support.
Natural menopause occurs when the monthly cycle of ovulation comes to an end. This is because the ovarian supply of follicles and eggs declines sharply as a woman approaches menopause.
During this time, called perimenopause, which can last anyplace from five to fifteen years, the brain continues to send out hormones trying to excite the development of ovarian follicles, and it is common for a woman’s ovaries to take action erratically, so that her hormones ebb and flow a great deal from month to month.
Every year thousands of women among the ages of 15 and 44 experience an “Estrogen Crash”, a sudden drop in estrogen levels that leaves women in the command of early menopause.
Although menopause is traditionally seen as a difficulty in older women, the many younger women who experience early menopause find themselves unprepared for the unexpected changes that occur.
Estrogen Crash occurs when both of a woman’s ovaries are removed or suddenly stop functioning. When this happens the body stops producing estrogen.
“Naturally menopausal women have a gradual decline in estrogen levels over a two to ten year period.
Home Remedies for Menopause
Vitamin E is an antioxidant and studies have shown that it can prevent hot flashes and post menopausal vaginal dryness. As an added bonus, its antioxidant properties will also neutralise free radicals that cause and cellular damage and help to keep your circulation healthy.
Soy contains natural plant estrogens called phytoestrogens that behave in a similar way to estrogens in the human body and help balance your estrogen levels.
Damaiana has historically been used as an aphrodisiac and has been claimed to induce euphoria. However, it has since been discovered that this is a myth and that it is good at relieving anxiety and increasing relaxation.
Valerian root is known to be a good sedative. However, there are side effects, which can be quite serious – delirium and heart problems!