Menopause is often a baffling term. Women are either misinformed or uninformed about it. Many women get devastated on even hearing this word.
No doubt it is life changing and an essential milestone in any women’s lifetime. It is a natural process, and we all have to face it at some point in lives.
Some of the symptoms of early menopause are:
- Irregular periods
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats,
- Gastrointestinal problems,
- Mood changes,
- Vaginal dryness,
- Decreased sex drive.
- Increased weight
- Dry skin
- Increased facial hair
- Increase in allergies
Every woman will experience different symptoms and diagnosis.
A disruption the monthly cycle brings a lot of challenges in the daily health and life. One or two missed period is not that problem but if you have had early menopause have a higher risk of infertility, diabetes, heart disease and osteoporosis.
The female reproductive hormones, get affected as our bodies start to age. This may result in lower production of Estrogen. Estrogen is responsible for making us, woman. It is responsible for breast development, the lining of the uterus and regular monthly cycle. Ovaries are responsible for producing around 90% of estrogen in the female body. If the ovaries are not functioning correctly, their ability to create estrogen is also diminished. Women’s body also produces a small amount of testosterone (a male hormone). If the body stops producing this hormone, your cycle can be disrupted.
There is a standard hormone replacement therapy available in which through medications female hormones are given to replace the ones the body no longer makes after menopause. Sometimes doctors also prescribe birth control pills to boost the hormone levels. Though like every external medication, there may be some pros and cons of hormone therapy and contraceptives. Take an informed decision and do necessary research about your choice of treatment.
But do remember to complement your hormone therapy with specific lifestyle changes. Increase intake of fruits, vegetables, and protein-based food items. You should take food with low – glycemic index as it will help boost the hormones naturally. To reduce the risk of cardio diseases and diabetes, take up a physical exercise. You can choose from swimming, cycling, yoga or salsa. Your exercise regimen should be moderate.
Your crazy and whacky hormones will also affect your mood. You need to relax and try to go for a massage or start meditation. You can take up a new hobby or join a volunteer group.
You’ll have to take extra care of your bones, skin, hair, nails, and eyes. Regularly monitor your cholesterol and blood pressure levels.
Your sex drive may decrease so talk to your partner about it.You can take appropriate medications for that. Female Viagra has already hit the market!
And always remember, that you are not alone. There are many women out there suffering from same issues.
Do talk to your doctor and be brutally honest to her about your choices.