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Menopause. The Change That All Women Must Face.

All women will eventually go through “the change”. Menopause is when the ovaries start to shut down, and the menstrual cycles cease. Most women will go through it in their 40’s and 50’s. For some women, it’s an easy transition with few problems. For others, it can be hell. 

Some menopausal symptoms that you can suffer from are severe anxiety attacks and heart palpitations. During the night, you may abruptly wake up in the middle of an attack unable to breathe. Trying to catch your breath can make the anxiety worse. Also your heart can start fluttering and beating irregularly.

Other symptoms are the night sweats and hot flashes. In severe cases, you can be drenched in perspiration several times a day. Vaginal dryness and sinus congestion can occur as your estrogen levels drop. With drops in testosterone, your sex drive can become nonexistent. You just don’t feel like yourself. It may be impossible to function because of your fatigue or depression. These symptoms can also occur during perimenopause, which is the period leading up to menopause. Some individuals can suffer for 10 years with these problems.

Certain foods can make your symptoms worse. Stay away from caffeine and hot spicy foods. Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol. Eating foods with a lot of omega 3’s such as fish, flax seed, avocados and drinking lots of water will counter vaginal dryness.

Because of the fluctuations in hormones during perimenopause and menopause, you may experience insulin resistance. This condition can also cause hot flashes to occur. Ways to alleviate the problem are to reduce the amount of simple carbohydrates that you eat. It’s best to stay away from breads and pasta. Eat vegetables and fruit that have a low glycemic load. This means that when the food is broken down in the body, it won’t rapidly increase the blood glucose.

Hormone replacement therapy has been controversial. Bioidentical hormones have gained a lot of popularity because they are derived from natural plant sources and are the similar to your estrogen and progesterone. However, there is no regulation on the bioidenticals. In addition, your hormones fluctuate hourly, so it is difficult to know what is the optimum dose to take. Bioidentical hormones still have to be used with great caution, even though they have been known to alleviate many women’s menopausal symptoms.

Fortunately, with the internet, there is support for those that are going through a rough time. It used to be that women had to suffer in silence. Menopause was a taboo subject, but now it is openly discussed. With a large population of baby boomers in menopause or approaching it, you are definitely not alone. Menopause is just a fact of life, but it doesn’t have to be difficult. 

Get more information on available natural remedies for menopause.

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