Menopause: Easing the Time of Change
Menopause is the proverbial time of transition and new paths physically, emotionally and intellectually. When you think menopause, you think of things like hot flashes, moodiness, irritability, hormonal changes, and the numerous jokes and skits about women going through this inevitable part of life. What can you do to make your journey a little easier? Please consider some of the information to make your time of change a little less harrowing.
What is menopause?
Menopause is defined as when the ovaries stop making estrogen and progesterone and, when a woman ceases to have a period for 12 consecutive months. The average age in the US is 52.
Common complaints of menopause are:
- Hot flashes
- vaginal dryness
- urinary problems
- Mood swings
- Sleep disorder
- Memory loss
- Weight gain
- Decreased sex interest
- Night sweats
Some common treatments for menopause have been HRT (hormone replacement therapy) to alleviate some of the symptoms described above. But, over the past 30 years or so, research has shown that these therapies place women at higher risk for breast and uterine cancers, blood clots-especially if the woman is a smoker- stroke, heart attack and weight gain. Because of this, many women are seeking alternative treatments. However, it is best to discuss all options with your health care provider, or nutritionist.
However, a woman can eliminate many food sources that contribute to some of the symptoms of menopause such as sugar, hot and spicy foods and by exercising regularly. Also, avoid the artificial sweeteners on the market, which may also contribute to some of the symptoms of menopause. Besides, they are controversial anyway as far as overall health is concerned.