Menopause & What To Do?

DISCLAIMER: this article is written by a 30 year old Man – for the benefit of 45-55 year old females. Please consult your Doctor if you suffer from any of these symptoms.

I have taken on the task to research and deliver in the simplest terms possible, a serious topic in which a women’s monthly cycle comes to an end.

Many say it’s the beginning of your new Life.

To be perfectly honest this is a topic that I would not normally write about, however due to the interest within our VIP member area (join here) I have taken on the challenge.

When It comes to information on the internet, it can become so confusing sometimes that you just don’t know where to start.

My goal for this short yet informative piece, is to be able to provide you with a snapshot and some tools in which can either:

1: prepare you, if you are facing Menopause

2: if you are a current participant.

I say participant, because if I was to say sufferer, that would then hand the power of menopause over to the menopause gods.

Rule #1 don’t let it beat you

Lets Look at some facts.

Most women will go through menopause between the ages of 45 and 55, it is important to remember that each woman will experience menopause differently.menopause the musical

Menopause put simply is when a woman’s monthly periods stop. It happens because as women age they slowly run out of eggs. [1] Some scientists believe this happens to protect women and their children from the dangers of late childbearing.

In some cases Menopause can actually occur during the 20s, however this is generally bought on by other medical conditions.

It is important to remember that my first ever experience with menopause was somewhat interesting.

I was told this story.

Picture this, middle of winter, 5 degrees Celsius, you walk into the kitchen to get some food, and to your amazement you see someone laying down on the freezing cold tiles, half naked, looking like they are passed out.

Your first initial reaction is to jump over the person and make your way to the pantry, remember you are hungry… oh sorry, I mean your first initial reaction is to check if the person is ok then call emergency services, like any normal, un-hungry person would do.

As you proceed to take a closer inspection, To your amazement the person stands up quicker than a greyhound on raceday. Furthermore they have sweat dripping from their brow, red cheeks and a slightly embarrassed look.

This is a failry awkward position to be in for both parties, I am sure you would agree. The next words out of your mouth need to be chosen wisely – you don’t really have time to think, so you proceed to say – You hungry? Im going to make something to eat if you want any. GREAT save, you think to yourself, whilst the half naked person who looked unconscious just seconds earlier, scrambles from the room.

It is amazing how stories can change your perception on things.

I remember back when I was a young lad around 14, one night I woke up in the middle of the night, absolutely dripping of sweat. To be honest I thought I actually wet the bed (disclaimer: I didn’t) I jumped out of bed and ran directly to the kitchen, along the route my PJS were being left in my wake, I took a dive on the cold kitchen tiles and tried to soak up all the cold goodness.

The next day I woke up and went on to tell my mum that I must have had menopause. Because I was all hot and sweaty and had to lie down on the cold floor.

After a 101 lesson on menopause I was relived. In fact what I had actually suffered was a fever – fewwww.

Lets take a look at some common symptoms during the menopausal transition:

Scientific evidence of a link to menopause is strongest for the following symptoms:

• Hot flashes and night sweats (also called vasomotor symptoms, because they involve the expansion of the blood vessels)

• Vaginal dryness, which can lead to painful intercourse.

[2] Some women also may experience problems with reasoning or remembering things. This may be related, in part, to changes in estrogen during the menopausal transition.

Some other symptoms may include:

• achy joints;

• disturbed sleep patterns;

• palpitations;

• backache;

• crawling feelings under the skin;

• light-headed feelings;

• weight gain;

• headache;

• new facial hair; and

• changes in sexual desire.

I think what I have described here is the symptoms of a very big night out.

Please keep in mind, you may not get all of these symptoms — or even any of them! [3] Some women do not experience these adverse effects and aren’t aware of any other changes in their body

Here is the real kicker – To top it off, not only do you need to manage and work through menopause, but when you come out the other end, you are then faced with another serious issue, that being Osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis happens when you age regardless, however 1 in 3 females suffer from this vs 1 in 12 men. Menopause just speeds up the process.

Lets look at a few ways in which you can manage Menopause:

Take less caffeine: Caffeine can produce high levels of anxiety and hot flushes, combined with menopause and this becomes a recipe for disaster.

Create regular sleep patterns: Don’t sit up all night reading the Mills and Boons romance novels, it will only put your mind into romance overdrive which will inevitably lead to disturbed sleep

Don’t Smoke: Other than the horrible images now displayed on smoking packets, which should be a big enough reason to stop, smokers wake more often and therefore have disturbed sleeping patterns. Women who smoke have an earlier menopause than non-smokers, have worse flushes and often don’t respond as well to tablet forms of HRT. It’s never too late to stop smoking.

Exercise: Yes that’s right, moderate exercise on a regular basis, such as swimming or walking, can help to relieve some of the tension built up over the day. But don’t do vigorous exercise too close to bedtime as it may keep you awake, even more so than the Mills and Boons novel!

Look into Acupuncture: For natural menopause, one large study has shown acupuncture to be superior to self-care alone in reducing the number of hot flushes and improving the quality of life [4]

Dietary Supplements: In a study on herbal remedies, [5] St. John’s wort and black cohosh appear to be the most useful in alleviating mood and anxiety changes during menopause.

Relax: If you can, buy a secluded island, and set up on the beach and listen to the sounds of the ocean, if you are unable to do this, listen to relaxation music / tunes to help relax the mind and body.

So there you have it – some causes, some solutions, a crazy story, all bought to you in the name of Menopause.

 

Id love to hear what you think below – comment away.

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  1. http://www.healthinsite.gov.au/
  2. http://nccam.nih.gov
  3. http://www.mydr.com.au/
  4. Maturitas. 2010 Jun;66(2):131-4. doi: 10.1016/j.maturitas.2009.12.010. Epub 2010 Jan 8.
  5. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17194961

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