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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 discomfort ?

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 conditions.

When the body lacks estrogen, it becomes more susceptible to :

Osteoporosis

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.

Female cancers

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.

Dry skin

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 incontinence.

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.

Weight gain

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 menopause.

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 focusing.

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 pratense).

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 for women.

It is believed to be the best natural alternative to women who are unsuitable for hormonal treatment due to increased cancer risks.

 
 

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