What is Menopause and what are the key symptoms?
The menopause happens because a woman runs out of eggs. Without eggs, the hormones oestrogen and progesterone decline and no longer stimulate the lining of the womb to prepare for a baby. Eventually, over the course of a few years menstruation ceases. The average age for the onset of menopause is fifty-one although it can be much earlier in some countries.
Menopause is your body telling you it no longer wants to spend time and energy preparing for pregnancy and producing babies. We are still able to produce a form of oestrogen (called oestrone) from our adrenal glands in order to compensate for the decline from the ovaries and we also produce oestrogen from fat cells. Your body has now moved into self preservation mode.
Some symptoms that are associated with menopause may include night sweats, hot flushes, heart palpitations, mood swings, and in a few cases, osteoporosis. There is a reason why some women suffer from more symptoms than others do. For some women the changes in hormone levels drop rapidly, and it is as though they had a rug pulled from under their feet. But for most women, the changes are gradual. A hot flush is believed to be your body noticing that oestrogen levels have dropped and so it is rushing in extra supplies. So hot flushes can be welcomed as they are natural. Occasionally hot flushes may be accompanied by heart palpitations which are generally considered a result of fluctuating hormones. Many women have no symptoms at all other than the wonderful freedom from the monthly period.
It is really important to view this change as positive and natural. It is a new phase in your life to be enjoyed to the full and it is wonderful to be free from menstruation. This leads to a phase of more physical freedom and a time to be enjoyed when women are free from monthly menstruation and are still young but have more control over their bodies and can enjoy a very active life.
If you do have symptoms that bother you I recommend Pause & Go!, a completely natural remedy developed to provide everything you need to relieve symptoms for a supported menopause.
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