|Menopause and female health concerns
MENTION menopause and what comes to mind are hot flashes and
(even hotter !) tempers.
But did you know menopause involves more than just physical
Menopause is the permanent cessation of reproductive
fertility for a women. The outset of menopause is often accompanied by a series
of physical and emotional symptoms such as hot flashes, profuse sweating,
insomnia and mood swings.
Menopause happens as a result of the sudden decline in
estrogen and this decrease puts women at higher risks for various health
When the body lacks estrogen, it becomes more susceptible to :
The body builds and discards old bone tissues in order to
keep them dense and strong.
After menopause. however. the ability to build new bone cells
is drastically reduced and while the body still continues to discard old bone
tissues, the current ones lose their density, becoming porous and brittle.
This increases the risks of osteoporosis, especially at the
spinal column, wrist or hip.
Heart disease and stroke
After menopause, women become more at risk of heart attacks
and stroke. According to the Framingham Study, the leading cause of death among
American women above 50 years is heart disease.
Although menopause does not bring about increased risks of
endometrial and breast cancer, most menopausal women are aged around 50 -- an age
where such diseases may begin to manifest.
Experts advise menopausal women to stay healthy by adopting a
healthy and active lifestyle, including having a low fat balanced diet, regular
exercise and positive outlook.
Scientists have detected estrogen receptors in the skin
cells, which show estrogen to be responsible for the levels of collagen and
moisture content in the skin.
When estrogen levels dip during and after menopause, skin
ageing starts to take place and it appear more dry and listless.
Collagen reduction also results in wrinkles and fine lines
especially around the eyes, lips and chin.
Urinary tract changes
Like the vaginal walls, the urethra also undergoes changes
during menopause. This result in various urinary problems, such as increased
chances of getting urinary tract infections, frequent urges to urinate and
To prevent urinary tract infections, experts advise
menopausal women to avoid overfilling the bladder and reduce their intake of
diuretics such as tea and coffee.
The drop in estrogenic after menopause affects the mucus
membranes surrounding the vagina. On top of that, many menopausal women may
experience reduced libidos.
Unlike hot flashes that go away after awhile, the reduction
in sexual desire will decline further with time without menopause therapy.
Estrogen is known as the "female hormone" because it gives
her the curves.
Women generally have a shapely figure like an hourglass, but
this shape changes after menopause. This is where a healthy diet and exercise is
crucial, in order to stay fit and shapely, even after menopause.
Facial hair growth or hair loss
Menopausal women may find coarser hair growth on their faces.
On the other hand, hair loss (from the scalp) may be apparent
in the early stages of menopause as the body adapts to the changes caused by
Disruption in cognitive function
As the ovaries stop their function, it affects the major
hormones in the body such as estrogen, progesterone and testosterone.
Menopausal women may feel excessively tired, depressed and
anxious. They may also experience short-term memory loss and difficulty in
The irrational outbursts may affect relationships with the
people around her and disrupt her normal life at home or work.
Over the last decade, increased awareness of menopause has
led women to seek menopause therapy.
With rising concerns about conventional medications, more
women are opting for non-drug, natural therapies and herbs such as soy, "dong
quai" (Angelica sinensis), Black Cohosh (Actaea racemosa) and Red Clover (Trifolium
Extensive clinical studies on over 11,000 women worldwide
report that black cohosh, pharmacologically derived form the root and rhizome of
the herb, can effectively relive menopausal symptoms and reduce the risks
associated with long-term implications of menopause of mentioned above.
Hormone-free and free from side effects, black cohosh was
originally used by North American natives to treat various aliments particularly
It is believed to be the best natural alternative to women
who are unsuitable for hormonal treatment due to increased cancer risks.