Posted by kathryn on June 13, 2012
After experiencing years of debilitating menopausaul symptoms, Kathryn Colas offers a new solution to this age old problem. Menopause has been described as a passing phase, a natural symptom of ageing and, not least, biological sabotage, lasting from 5 – 8 years. At no other time do women experience such physiological and psychological changes. Some fifteen million women are trying to work out what is going on in their lives with over 50% experiencing severe symptoms. The road to redemption is rocky but with guidance, this metamorphosis can and should result in the emergence of a healthy confident woman eager to enjoy her new found liberation. It is the start of the next chapter of a woman’s life; a new beginning where she should have new found confidence and a feeling of inner peace.
Menopausal symptoms coincide with the natural symptoms of ageing and for convenience most are listed here:
- Missed periods
- Hot flushes
- Eye dryness
- Deterioration in skin elasticity (collagen)
- Joint pains and stiffness
- Muscle spasm and tone
- Raised cholesterol levels
- Cardiovascular/heart disease
Some symptoms can mirror Under Active Thyroid which is a breakdown in the immune system to repair itself. These are:
- Weight gain
- Reduced energy
- Reduced libido
- Less effective memory
Your GP can arrange a blood test to highlight any abnormalities as well as confirming your hormonal status. Testosterone levels should also be checked as they provide balance and support to the other hormones.
Divorce can be a symptom! Divorce rates soar at this time by disillusioned women. 1 in 7 will go into retirement as a divorcee. Dishearteningly, a GP recently said that if he had only understood more about his wife’s symptoms, they would still be married. Divorce statistics could be drastically reduced if therapy or marriage guidance help were sought.
If you’ve had babies you could experience incontinence; temporary and not life threatening, but embarrassing and confidence draining all the same. These are generally cured by exercising pelvic floor muscles. Ask your GP for a referral.
Osteoporosis, the silent disease, is not detected until a bone is broken, or family history exists and will benefit from diet and exercise in your 40’s as a preventative measure.
- HRT is not the only answer but a more personalised regime undoubtedly restores balance.
- Healthy diet and exercise should not be ignored. Declining hormone levels initiate an open-season for raised cholesterol levels, cardiovascular disease and breast cancer. Breast cancer is not a young woman’s disease.
Alternatively, there are many complementary therapies and homeopathic solutions which can be tried. Seek out a holistic medical practitioner as he/she will take time to listen and discuss symptoms, medical history and lifestyle in order to get the medication right.
Treatment may include HRT, or homeopathic remedies, together with nutrition and exercise advice and psychological guidance. The risks of HRT are all relative and should be fully discussed.
Sympathetic GP’s are in the minority. As menopause is not a life-threatening disease you may pass through the surgery unnoticed. Apart from HRT, anti-depressants are often prescribed; these mind numbing drugs are not the answer. Phyto-oestrogen (plant source that mirrors oestrogen) based HRT remedies are now available but you do need to ask.
Mind over Matter?
Five psychological symptoms repeatedly occur at menopause:
- Memory loss/concentration
- Loss of confidence
The psychological aspect represents nearly 60% of all symptoms experienced and yet are rarely acknowledged. The existence of high divorce rates is an unnecessary tragedy that can be avoided.
Women must actively participate in their own well being at menopause and take time to rediscover themselves. Menopause does NOT qualify as a medical condition.
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