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Menopause is a time in life when women change from being able to have babies to not being able to. This transition is also a time when a woman’s period stops. Menopause is reached when a woman does not have twelve periods in a row and usually is somewhere past 45 years old. Some women call it the “change of life”. Menopause is caused or rather started through a hormone change in the female body. The body will produce fewer amounts of the hormones progesterone and estrogen.
The body undergoes several changes and many women are confused about the symptoms they are experiencing and are trying to treat them. Menopause symptoms are not treatable as such; all you can do is make yourself feel better. Learn as much as you can about menopause and talk with your physician about the symptoms and issues related to menopause. There are remedies that can take discomfort with menopause as well as any related pain away.
Symptoms of menopause can appear in many different ways and affect every woman differently. Some women only experience the stopping of their periods while others experience additional problems. Several common symptoms of menopause include: change of the period, hot flashes, night sweats, trouble sleeping through the night, vaginal dryness, trouble focusing, being confused, mood swings and sometimes even hair loss or more hair growth in the facial area.
Menopause cannot directly cause bone loss, but is related to bone loss. Due to changing hormone levels, the bone mass density in the female body decreases and bones are getting weaker. Weak bones can break easier and therefore more women can get osteoporosis after their menopause.
There are options available to manage and assist with menopause and its symptoms. As with so many things and situations in life, exercising and a healthy diet are one essential factor to make you feel more comfortable and fit. As a matter of fact, many women do not need any treatment or medical options during menopause. If you do think you need treatment for your menopause symptoms, talk with your physician about your symptoms and possible medical treatments that are available. There is no single treatment that makes menopause symptoms go away and different medications need to be used for different women.
There is hormone therapy, which is one way of treating and dealing with the more severe menopause symptoms. This therapy was also known as hormone replacement therapy. This is the only FDA approved treatment for such symptoms as hot flashes and dryness in the vaginal area when dealing with severe ones. But before jumping right to the hormone treatment bandwagon discuss this issue broadly with your physician. There are different hormonal treatments for the different symptom and it is not easy to determine which one might work for you.
Also, hormonal treatment has benefits and risks attached to it, much more than any other regular medication. Should you decide to receive hormonal treatment, use the smallest and shortest amount possible and check with your physician every few months to determine whether you still need hormones or whether you can stop them.
There are also a few natural treatments that are recommended with menopause. Two of the most common herbal and plant-based treatments are soy and sources of phytoestrogens. Soy contains these chemicals that are like estrogens but there is no proof that these herbal treatments actually help improve hot flashes or any other symptoms.
Just as with any other medication taking herbal remedies needs to be controlled and should not be combined with medications without consulting your physician.
One of the most important things to know for women is that these symptoms will go down after a certain period of time that is different for every woman.
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on Sep 10 2010. Filed under Women.
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