As long as you are curious, age cannot harm you.
– Burt Lancaster
The Phase of Menopause
Every woman goes through two major hormonal changes in her life: puberty and menopause. In both phases, major physical and psychological changes occur. Even though menopause is mainly characterized by lack of menstruation, there is much more change going on in the body of a woman. Though many view menopause with uncertainty, there are many things that are certain and can be prepared for.
What is Menopause or Climacteric?
Menopause is a natural physiological phase starting in the late 40’s mid 50’s of a woman’s life. The medical term for menopause is climacteric. This name already indicates the importance of menopause: climacteric, translated from Greek, means “a critical point in the human life.”
Menopause is a phase that takes place over several years and begins when a woman has her last period.
Causes of Menopause
Menopause is a natural process that will inevitably happen due to the hormonal changes that occur at a certain age, like menstruation. During this time (your Golden Years, as we like to call it), the function of the ovaries slows down and produces much less estrogen and progesterone. When these hormones decrease, ovulation becomes more irregular and , often times, women experience longer intervals between ovulation than normally. There is the beginning signs of decreased fertility. One theory that menopause is imperative to humans and the female cycle is that grandmothers play an important protective and social role.
One thing to consider when it comes to menopause causes is that genetic factors, diet, weight, height, fat distribution and mental stress have an impact on the onset and course of menopause.
Symptoms of Menopause
Every woman reacts differently to the hormonal changes of menopause.
About one third of women go through menopause without symptoms.
Another third notice only mild signs of menopause and usually don’t seek treatment.
The last third, however, suffer from severe complaints. Typical symptoms that can occur during menopause include hot flashes, mood swings, sweats, palpitations, dizziness, nervousness, headaches, dry vaginal mucous membranes and loss of libido.
For many women, menopause can be a phase of doubt and upheaval. They question and rethink their previous lives and critically examine themselves, their life situation and their social environment.
Natural Treatment for Menopausal Symptoms
Many women will experience different menopausal symptoms and not all treatments will work the same for every woman. However, many women can feel confident about many proven natural therapies for menopausal symptoms.
To harmonize mild to moderate symptoms, nature has a lot to offer. Plants such as lady’s mantle, red clover, chaste tree, yam or black cohosh contain phytohormones which have hormone-like effects in order to regulate the female hormone balance. Medicinal plants like valerian, hops, balm or St. John’s wort can relieve symptoms such as depressive moods and nervous restlessness. These natural products for menopausal women will surely relieve symptoms.
Alternative medicine techniques such as acupuncture and homeopathy are on the rise and can be helpful for various symptoms occurring throughout menopause.
For very severe menopausal symptoms of estrogen or progesterone deficiency, doctors may offer hormone replacement therapy to replenish the missing hormones. In this case, the hormones can be of synthetic or bioidentical quality. Hormone supplements come in the form of tablets, gels, creams, suppositories, patches or injections. In recent years, hormone replacement therapy has had a bad rep because studies have shown that various cancer risks increase with hormone replacement.
Some women, before choosing hormone therapy, prefer to try natural remedies. This method is usually carried out over a longer period. It takes more time than synthetic medicine but it has gentler implications and much less harsher repercussions.
Read more on menopause