What Are The Symptoms Of Menopause?

Menopause,which is a natural part of aging, is the time in a woman's life when she stops getting her period.

Menopause, which is a natural part of aging, is the time in a woman's life when she stops getting her period. I will brief you on the changes and symptoms on approaching menopause and the health conditions you are at risk for after menopause.

The average age of women who go through menopause is around 50 years old, but it can also start near or about the age of 42. The natural events that each woman experiences differently are, perimenopause and menopause. The closer you get to menopause; the ovaries produce less estrogen, which has effects on your health.

Some of the immediate changes are usually the difference in your period schedule or flow. Some of the symptoms include quick mood swings, urinary changes like going more often, hot & cold flashes, excessive sweating, vaginal dryness, problems with sleeping at night & changes in sexual habits because of hormone changes.

You are more at risk for some health conditions once you have reached menopause. One of these conditions is called osteoporosis, which is the thinning of your bones, which makes them more easily breakable. The spine, wrists and hips are the joints more often affected by this. Another condition that you are at risk for is heart disease and a stroke, because your body doesn't produce estrogen, which in turn makes women more susceptible to these health conditions.

In order to help reduce these symptoms and risks, women should go on hormone replacement therapy. This therapy supplies your body with estrogen and progestin to aid in the reduction of the uncomfortable symptoms. It also helps protect against any other health conditions associated with menopause. As with any other medication warnings, and with all the benefits and risks, it is extremely important that you learn as much as you can about hormone replacement therapy, to be sure you are a good candidate for this medication. If you feel that you are possibly going through change of life, then by all means, set up an appointment to visit with your doctor to discuss your options. There is a blood test that can show whether or not you are starting menopause, which would be considered perimenopause.

Your diet and exercise are very important things to do to keep yourself healthy. You will need to eat a balanced diet enriched with calcium foods to protect you bones, consuming approximately 1400-1500 mg of calcium per day. You should reduce your fat and cholesterol intake also. Exercising helps to slow down the bone loss and it's good for your overall health. Some exercises should include, walking, swimming, biking, and taking possibly aerobic exercise classes. Do anything that you like to do to keep yourself in good condition during these times. Smoking and drinking alcohol if you must do it, should only be done in moderation.

It is absolutely necessary for women to visit with their doctor for regular checkups and a visit with your Gynecologist for routine screenings which include yearly Pap tests, breast exams and the wonderful mammograms.

Never be afraid to talk with your doctor about what you are experiencing, and by all means ask questions no matter how ridiculous they may seem. Because by knowing what to expect you will be able to take steps to ease your menopausal symptoms and alleviate health problems in the future.

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