What Are The Signs?
Irregular periods are an early sign of the onset of menopause. Hot flashes which involve sudden tingling in parts of the body such as fingers, toes and cheeks which can last for a few minutes. Hot flashes during sleep periods and night sweats are another common sign as the production of estrogen begins to slow. Vaginal dryness, again because of the lack of estrogen being produced is another common complaint which if not treated could lead to possible urinary infections particularly if a women is still sexually active.
Fatigue and anxiety accompanied by hot flashes is a sure sign in most cases that a women is in pre menopausal stage and rather than go into some sort of denial, it’s time to visit your doctor for confirmation.
Acceptance And Realization
The onset of menopause usually occurs between the age of 35-58. It’s when it begins at an earlier age that many women seem to have a hard time accepting the fact that it has “arrived.” If symptoms occur during the late 30’s and early 40’s then acceptance is difficult. Feelings of being old and “past it” can accompany a women’s thoughts but this is where women need to understand that because her body is experiencing change, it doesn’t mean she has joined the “aged” race. Far from it. In today’s world, a women has so many more options for help than her mother and grand mother had and that’s why it’s important to sit down with your medical physician and discuss them.
Relieving symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats will be on the menopause help agenda. Your doctor will outline several suggestions and offer guidelines. Concern over osteoporosis is very real and decreasing the risk of it should be high on your agenda. Ask about Hormone Replacement Treatment and whether it applies to you or if there are alternatives.
Meeting menopause head on will usually see a women get past this often difficult stage of her life with minimal disruption. While medical help is available don’t ignore the possibility that implementing several lifestyle changes will compliment any help suggested by your doctor. Exercise is one area to consider particularly if it’s lacking while an overhaul of your nutritional intake could be necessary, particularly in the area of diet. The “old chestnuts” such as alcohol and smoking if present, may need eliminating from your daily routine.
Accepting menopause as a part of your life and seeking help will only assist you in working through this natural stage of life’s evolution. Trying to sweep it “under the carpet” and ignoring it will not.
By: Dean Caporella
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