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Coping With Menopause

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Menopausal symptoms can be so debilitating that some women find themselves withdrawing from their daily activities. This change is a natural occurrence in a woman's life, but it's not an illness. However, the physical, mental and psychological symptoms can greatly impact a woman's quality of life. In today's society there is far more support for women than there once was. In this article, we will provide important and useful information for getting through this difficult time.

There are a variety of menopause symptoms and women can experience any of them in varying degrees. Some women are lucky enough to experience no symptoms of all. About 75 to 85% of American women get hot flashes during the change, which are a sudden, transient sensation of warmth or heat that spreads over the body creating a hot flush, which is noticeable on the face and upper body and is the body's reaction to a decreased supply of the hormone estrogen. Night sweats are the evening cousin of hot flashes, but typically are more intense.

Menstrual irregularity is common in the mid-forties as women approach menopause. A lack of hormonal balance or a decrease in estrogen production is the main cause of it. During this time, women may also experience low libido and vaginal dryness. When your estrogen levels drop, your vaginal tissues start drying and become less elastic. Sex becomes uncomfortable, you may be more prone to infections, your vagina is frequently itchy and easily irritated, and on the emotional side, you may feel older.

Fatigue is one of the most common effects of menopause , is defined as an ongoing and persistent feeling of weakness, tiredness and a lowered energy level. Chronic fatigue can have a drastic impact on a woman's quality of life. She may find herself withdrawing from relationships and experience reduced work productivity. Fatigue goes hand in hand with menopause sleep disorders. When you begin going through the change, you may suffer from insomnia or find that your sleep is less restful.

In addition to physical menopausal symptoms, some women experience emotional and psychological symptoms. It is critical that these are addressed because they can greatly impact a woman's quality of life. Depression, anxiety, mood swings and even sudden tears are all conditions that can be treated with medication and lifestyle changes. Happily, women don't have to suffer through the change of life like they once did. By getting the appropriate medical treatment and with the support of their family and friends, menopausal women can continue to live a full, happy life. For further reading check out Menozac .


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