What To Do When Menopause Hits
What is menopause? Most people know of it, but are not clear on what menopause truly is. Menopause by definition is the end of menstruation. Menopause is the natural aging process that a woman experiences when her ovaries produce lower levels of progesterone and estrogen hormones. It also is when a woman can no longer become pregnant. The changes that lead up to menopause commence over several years. The common age for menopause to begin is 52, yet it can also happen anytime between the ages of 42 and 56. Sometimes there are cases of early menopause and other times cases of late menopause depending on each individual’s body.
There are a variety of menopause signs and each woman will experience them differently. Some pre menopause that will carry out till post menopause. Most women have no or few menopause symptoms, while some women have many mild or severe symptoms. The most common menopause symptoms that signals the beginning of menopause, is irregular periods that are often heavier or lighter than before. There are more menopause effects and symptoms to look out for such as menopause night sweats, hot flashes, vaginal dryness, fatigue, insomnia, joint pain, menopause weight gain, short-term memory issues, itchy skin, mood swings, and urinary tract infections. Menopause symptoms can last from 5-10 years. All of these symptoms can be bothersome, but there is menopause treatment available. At times it can be difficult to fully feel back to your old self or loose menopause weight.
Menopause treatments focus on menopause relief and can lessen or prevent chronic conditions that may occur with aging. These treatments can include; Hormone therapy (HT) which is known as hormone replacement therapy or menopause HRT. It is a hormone treatment prescribed by your doctor. Some women take HT to offset the lower levels of estrogen and progesterone that happen naturally at the beginning of menopause. Check with your doctor if this is a good form of menopause treatment for you. The Gabapentin drug is approved to treat seizures and is commonly used to manage nerve-related pain and it also has been known to reduce hot flashes. Clonidine is a pill or patch that is usually used to treat high blood pressure and it also may reduce the hot flashes. Doctors may recommend bisphosphonates as they are non-hormonal menopause medications, to prevent or treat osteoporosis.
There are also specific menopause vitamins that can keep your immune system healthy while you are experiencing menopause. Always consult with your doctor and get the menopause support you need. Post menopause you will find that you might need to add a few extras to your daily routine. Even though the menopause mood swings, night sweats, hot flashes and all the extra menopause symptoms have disappeared, you still have to take care of yourself by exercising, taking vitamins, maintaining a healthy weight, not smoking, and engaging in some relaxation techniques such a yoga, swimming, crafts or gardening.