1. Are you experiencing hot flashes and/or night sweats?
2. Do you experience short-term memory loss or difficulty concentrating?
3. Are you experiencing vaginal dryness or pain during intercourse?
4. Have you noticed a decrease in sexual desire (libido)?
5. Do you suffer from insomnia?
6. Have you noticed changes in the skin such as acne or facial hair growth?
7. Do you have mood swings?
8. Are you experiencing hair thinning or hair loss?
If you answered, “yes” to two or more of these questions, you may be experiencing the natural event known as menopause.
When all ovarian activity ceases, menstruation ends permanently. A woman has officially entered menopause when the menstrual cycle has not occurred for 12 consecutive months. Due to a decrease in hormone levels, namely estradiol, progesterone, and testosterone, the transition into menopause is often accompanied by uncomfortable physical, mental and emotional changes, such as those mentioned above. Chronic stress and insomnia, poor dietary habits including sugar and caffeine intake, nutrient deficiencies, and lack of exercise can exacerbate the effects of menopause.
When considering options for managing menopausal symptoms, natural approaches such as dietary changes, nutritional supplementation, exercise, and natural hormone replacement should be among your strategies for eliminating the symptoms. Each of these measures will not only improve the health and well-being of the menopausal woman by correcting deficiencies, but they will also reduce the risk of conditions like osteoporosis and heart disease which are often associated with decreased hormone levels.
Menopause is the time when a woman should look ahead to what her future holds. How she chooses to handle this next step of her life is key for her future well being. Just because you don’t have night sweats or hot flashes doesn’t mean you shouldn’t think about hormone therapy. These are not the hormones of yester-year. Hormones are proven to add quality ones life and as well prevent a myriad of disease. There are so many approaches to this anti-aging approach to your health whether it be holistic, bioidentical creams, pellet therapy or standard pills and patches. Become empowered by learning how to be a better you.
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“The health of your body greatly determines the degree of success you have with all the other aspects of your life.” ~Dr Eva