EVERYTHING I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MENOPAUSE
A tricky time in a woman’s life, menopause usually sets in between the age of 45 to 55 and can last between 5 to 10 years – although sometimes longer. Menopause is often presented as a reproductive cliff, but in reality, it’s more of a slow fade out of the reproductive cycle.
It is a time of change for a woman, and while it can be frustrating and debilitating, it really doesn’t have to be; with the right treatments, it can be an opportunity for your own health assessment and promotion to a healthier you.
Management of unwanted menopause symptoms is key to your mind and bodies’ progression during this time, and, if well-treated, women often come out of menopause feeling a new, better version of themselves.
WHAT ABOUT PERIMENOPAUSE?
Sometimes there can be confusion around the stages of menopause. As what some people refer to as the ‘start’ of menopause, perimenopause is actually the period of time preceding menopause.
Women start perimenopause at varying ages. You may notice signs of progression toward menopause, such as menstrual irregularity, sometime in your 40s. But some women notice changes as early as their mid-30s.
Symptoms become noticeable when the amount of estrogen produced by the ovaries begins to change. Periods may change in length, heaviness, and even frequency. A change in bleeding is normal, however, consult your doctor about any irregular bleeding during this time.
Once you've gone through 12 consecutive months without menstruating, you've officially reached menopause, and the perimenopause period is has completed.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?
While every woman will have a different experience during menopause, typical menopausal symptoms are vasomotor symptoms (hot flushes). Hot flushes are also known as hot flashes or night sweats.
You know you’re getting a hot flush when you might have a sudden feeling of warmth spreading through your chest, neck, and face. You also might have a flushed appearance with red, blotchy skin and a rapid heartbeat.
Hot flushes are often a gateway symptom which unfortunately may lead to many others such as:
- Vaginal Dryness
- Sleep Disturbances
- Mood Changes
- Weight Gain and a Slowed Metabolism
- Irregular Periods
The good news is there are things you can do to reduce these symptoms, so let’s look at some common things you can do to get the relief you need.
The focus on menopause treatment is the relief from its symptoms. Common treatments of menopause include hormone therapy, vaginal estrogen treatment, anti-depressants, and so forth. Consult a doctor for an examination and see what may be right for you.
Many women nowadays are also switching to or supplementing their treatment of the symptoms of perimenopause and menopause with natural herbal medicines in the form of Traditional Chinese Medicine. These 100% natural treatments have no known side effects or dependency concerns like other treatments.
ThisHerb’s Anti-meno capsules are a purely herbal formula that utilises knowledge of TCM practices. It is a natural remedy for menopause designed to strengthen the liver and heart and regulate your Qi and blood flow to balance your internal organ functions.
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