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Aging gracefully with menopause..

You are above 40 years old, relatively healthy and fit. But during the last 6 months, things have become different. You are more tired, anxious and nervous. Small things which didn't bother you before are now annoying. Foods which never troubled your stomach cause pain. Sometimes you feel overheated and cold all at once. When other people turn up the heat, you feel compelled to remove a layer of clothing. You look in the mirror and the "plumpness" from your face has disappeared. You are, in a word,"peri-menopausal"-- around menopause.

"The terms menopause and change of life often arouse feelings of fear, dread, uncertainty and confusion. Yet, though menopause is one of the greatest physical milestones in a women’s life, it does not have to be traumatic or painful. Menopause is a normal part of life. It is one step in a long, slow process of reproductive aging," said Dr. Deena Malpani, homeopath at Prime Medical Centre.

Between the ages of 42 and 55, a woman’s biological clock stops ticking, signalling the loss of fertility and loss of sex hormones estrogen and progesterone. Because the ovaries do not produce consistent amounts of hormones, the menstrual cycle becomes irregular. Eventually, the ovaries stop producing enough of the estrogen hormone, periods cease, and menopause arrives.

Menopause is marked by a woman’s last menstrual period. You cannot know for sure what is your last period until you have been period free for 1 full year.

Postmenopause follows menopause and lasts the rest of your life. Pregnancy is no longer possible. There may be some symptoms, such as vaginal dryness, which may continue long after you have passed through menopause.

What Are the Signs of Menopause?
Changing hormone levels can cause a variety of symptoms that may last from a few months to a few years or longer. The most common symptoms are:

  • Changes in periods. One of the first signs may be a change in a woman’s periods. Many women become less regular; some have a lighter flow than normal; others have a heavier flow and may bleed a lot for many days
  • Hot flushes. A hot flush is a sudden feeling of heat in the upper part or all of your body. Flushes can be as mild as a light blush or severe enough to wake you from a sound sleep (called night sweats).
  • Problems with the vagina and bladder: The genital area can get drier and thinner as estrogen levels change. This dryness may make sexual intercourse painful. Vaginal infections can become more common. Some women have more urinary tract infections. Other problems can make it hard to hold urine long enough to get to the bathroom. Some women find that urine leaks during exercise, sneezing, coughing, laughing, or running.
  • Mood changes. There may be a relationship between changes in estrogen levels and a woman’s mood. Depression is NOT a symptom of menopause.
  • Changes in your body. Some women find that their bodies change around the time of menopause. With age, waists thicken, muscle mass is lost, fat tissue may increase, skin may get thinner. Other women have memory problems, or joint and muscle stiffness and pain. With regular exercise and attention to diet, many of these changes may be eased or prevented.

Menopause and homeopathy
Homeopathy is a natural health care discipline that is person-centred; meaning all aspects of a patient's make-up is assessed including the physical, emotional, and mental. It is based on the principle of "like cures like". The principle of "like cures like" is that a substance which has the power to cause certain symptoms in a well person, will heal those same symptoms in a person who is ill. In this way, a patient receives the remedy from nature which mirrors the pattern of their physical and emotional symptoms.

"The experience of homeopaths shows that the more similar the remedy, the greater the healing that takes place. For the very same reasons, homeopathy taken during menopause can drastically reduce symptoms that cause discomfort during menopause and can play a significant role in making you feel naturally better," Dr. Deena Malpani continues.

"Also, with homeopathic medicines it is recommended that women should take natural foods and herbs which have natural more estrogens like annie seeds, cabbage, olives and cucumber to name a few," concludes Dr. Deena.

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