The time when a woman ceases to ovulate can cause some problems and some uncomfortable symptoms.

What to look for:
*  hot flushes
*  night sweats.
*  pain during intercourse
*  increased nervousness, anxiety, or irritability.
*  increased need to urinate
*  swollen ankles
*  headaches
*  painful intercourse

Menopause refers to the time in a woman’s life when she stops ovulating and is a process not a final event. She may or may not have any symptoms.

Menopause usually occurs in women between the ages of 45 - 55 but it can happen earlier or much later.

Some symptoms are only temporary and will go in time. But more-permanent problems can also result.

Causes and treatments

It is caused by a decrease in the levels of oestrogen and progesterone. Her periods will cease over time and ovaries will slow and cease their normal functions.

Traditional Treatment
A popular yet still controversial treatment is the hormone replacement therapy. It simply replaces the oestrogen levels in the body but may still have certain side effects.

Alternative/Natural Treatments
Chinese Herbs - Some Chinese herbs - including Dong Quai (Angelica sinensis) and Asian Ginseng (Panax ginseng) - contain a form of oestrogen. Exact proportions are important - consult a Professional.

Diet and personal care

Eating foods high in plant estrogens, such as soy beans and lima beans, may alleviate symptoms; other sources include nuts and seeds, fennel, celery, parsley, and flaxseed oil. Some foods high in B vitamins may assist with nerves and emotional problems. These are brewer’s yeast, yeast extracts, eggs, wheatgerm, breads, wholegrains, organ meats, pulses and cereals.

Personal Care:
*  Raise your calcium intake and engage in weight-bearing exercises to avoid osteoporosis and maintain general good health.
*  Take vitamin E daily to treat hot flushes and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

When to seek further professional advice:
you experience bleeding after menopause

Menopausal Problems

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