Menopause, like you may have already know, it not actually a disease. It is just a new phase in the life of any woman that causes ovulation to stop and consequently menstruation is brought to a cease as well. This natural life progression in the life of any woman often begins several years before the common menopause symptoms begin to show. Your hormone levels may fluctuate from time to time becoming so slow that your endometrium remains thin and ceases to bleed. Your ovaries will just start slowing down production of essential hormones like progesterone, estrogen and testerone. Contrary to what so many women may think, estrogen is not only important when it comes to sex. It is also found in other non reproductive organ s in your body and is useful in other body functions like bladder function, bone formation, heart, breast and even the liver. It is also needed by your body to maintain an ideal body temperate and to keep your skin healthy and moist.
Low estrogen levels normally causes changes in the production of collagen thus affecting nails, skin, hair and the tendons. Your skin may therefore become thinner than you expect, dry, less elastic and prone to any itching and bruising that may occur. Hot flushes, palpitation, insomnia, night sweats, headaches, vaginal dryness and joint aches are among the most common symptoms of menopause. Unfortunately, menopause cannot be avoided. But there are a few home remedies that can effectively deal with all these symptoms and make you feel like that young lady you once were.
But before considering any of these home remedies, keep in mind that 51 years is the average age of natural menopause. But it sometimes can occur much earlier, a condition which is medically termed as premature menopause. In most cases, premature menopause occurs before the age of 45 while perimenopause which is the stage from the onset of menopause symptoms to post menopause may begin any time from 50. If by any chance you have premature menopause seek medical assistance first as the condition may be corrected and you may find that you have a chronic underlying condition causing premature menopause. Do not take chances as it is your health at stake.
Increase your estrogen levels by consuming plants that are rich in estrogenic substances. Such foods include pumpkins, alfalfa, soybeans and soy products, corn, apples cabbage, cucumber, flax seeds, oats, papaya, beets olive, yams, wheat beets, garlic and sesame seeds. These foods are rich in vitamins fibers and other minerals that are not just essential for menopause but also for your general wellbeing.
Keep your body cool by dressing in layers to cub hot flashes. Then practice slow rhythmic breathing to manage stress. Avoid alcohol and smoking as they will only make things worse. Then reduce the risk of osteoporosis by consuming calcium rich foods. Kegel exercise or vaginal lubricants can help you to prevent vaginal dryness during sex. Then take birth control measures to prevent unexpected pregnancies during perimenopause.