What is Menopause?
Menopause is a process that effects all women at some stage in life. It is a natural occurrence and not a medical condition.
It normally occurs between a womens late 40s and early 50s.
Menopause is caused by an imbalance of the Autonomic Nervous System. This is where a women stops having her monthly cycle caused by a reduction in hormones, primarily Progesterone and Oestrogen.
How Does Menopause Effect Me?
Menopause effects all women in different ways but presents itself in 24 recognisable symptoms, some more common than others.
If you have not ovulated for twelve months then you are medically considered menopausal, the period of transition is known as perimenopause.
Menopause can occur earlier in women that have an oophorectomy, where the ovaries are removed. Post-surgery this will cause immediate menopause. This type of menopause is known as ‘hysterectomy menopause’ and will result in the same symptoms as any normally occurring menopause.
Living With Menopause
Menopause doesn’t have to be a traumatic experience and simple changes in lifestyle can make a big difference to living with common symptoms.
Medically a GP or doctor will advise hormone replacement therapy also commonly referred to as HRT. HRT has a number of side effects and can increase the risk of cancer, heart disease and strokes.
A more natural focus on diet, exercise, stress reduction and more sleep can reduce the symptoms of menopause.
Complementary therapies such as acupuncture, aromatherapy massage, reflexology offer some natural relief and help reduce stress.
Natural drug free alternatives such as LadyCare Plus have been able to reduce symptoms in 70% of cases.