What Is Menopause?
Menopause is a normal part of life, just like puberty. It is the time of your last period, but symptoms can begin several years earlier. Menopause can happen in your 40s or 50s, but the average age is 51yrs. Some symptoms of menopause can last for months or years after. Changing levels of estrogen and progesterone, which are two female hormones made in your ovaries, might lead to these symptoms.
What are the Signs and Symptoms of Menopause?
Women may have different signs or symptoms at menopause. That’s because estrogen is used by many parts of your body. So, as you have less estrogen, you could have various symptoms. Here are the most common changes you might notice at midlife. Some may be part of aging rather than menopause.
Change in your period: This might be what you notice first. Your periods may no longer be regular. They may be shorter or last longer.
- Your periods come very close together or you may skip a cycle.
- You have heavy bleeding.
- You have spotting.
- Your periods last more than a week or just for few hours to a day etc.,
Hot flashes: Many women have hot flashes around the time of menopause. They may be related to changing estrogen levels. Hot flashes may last a few years after menopause. A hot flash is a sudden feeling of heat in the upper part or all of your body. Your face and neck become flushed. Red blotches may appear on your chest, back, and arms. Heavy sweating and cold shivering can follow. Flashes can be very mild or strong enough to wake you from your sleep (called night sweats). Most hot flashes last between 30 seconds and 10 minutes.
Problems with your vagina and bladder: Changing estrogen levels can cause your genital area to get drier and thinner. This could make sexual intercourse uncomfortable. Or, you could have more vaginal or urinary infections. Some women find it hard to hold their urine long enough to get to the bathroom. Sometimes urine leaks during exercise, sneezing, coughing, laughing, or running.
Sleep: Around midlife, some women start having trouble getting a good night’s sleep. Maybe you can’t fall asleep easily, or you wake too early. Night sweats might wake you up. You might have trouble falling back to sleep if you wake during the night.
Sex: You may find that your feelings about sex are changing. You could be less interested. Or, you could feel freer and sexier after menopause.
Mood changes: You might find yourself more moody or irritable around the time of menopause. It’s possible that stress, family changes such as growing children or aging parents, a history of depression, or feeling tired could be causing these mood changes.
Your body seems different. Your waist could get larger. You could lose muscle and gain fat. Your skin could get thinner. You might have memory problems, and your joints and muscles could feel stiff and achy. Are these a result of having less estrogen or just related to growing older?
How Can I Stay Healthy After Menopause?
Staying healthy after menopause may mean making some changes in the way you live.
- Eat a healthy diet, low in fat, high in fiber, with plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole-grain foods, as well as all the important vitamins and minerals.
- Make sure you get enough calcium and vitamin D—in your diet or with vitamin/mineral supplements.
- Learn what your healthy weight is, and try to stay there.
- Do weight-bearing exercise, such as walking, jogging, or dancing, at least 3 days each week for healthy bones. But try to be physically active in other ways for your general health.
- Don’t smoke. If you do use any type of tobacco, stop—it’s never too late to benefit from quitting smoking.
Menopause and Homoeopathy
- Homeopathy is the safest treatment before, during, and after menopause because it stimulates the natural hormonal balance without the use of harmful drugs.
- Effective mode in the treatment for hot flushes, mood-swings, menopausal headaches and a host of other troublesome symptoms related to menopause.
- Hormonal imbalances respond very well to Homoeopathic treatment.
- Homoeopathic treatment has long lasting effects.
- Homoeopathic medicines boost the constitution by strengthening the body’s vital defenses and by restoring a healthy balance and sense of well-being.