Menopause is a normal part of aging, usually affecting women in their
50s, that marks the end of menstruation. But the transition to
menopause can start years before your period stops during a phase known
as perimenopause. This phase usually begins in the 40s when menstrual
periods generally become either more closely or more widely spaced and
the ovaries gradually produce less estrogen.
The perimenopausal stage
can also include heart pounding or racing, hot flashes, night sweats,
skin flushing, loss of sex drive and insomnia. About 70% of woman
experience such symptoms. Lifestyle changes, diet, exercise, and
medications can help through both perimenopausal and menopausal stages.
Learn the basics about menopause like when it begins, how long it lasts, and more.
Is there life after menopause? You bet!
Goodbye cramps, bloating and PMS. Menopause is cause for celebration.
Yet, it can create conflicting emotions. We've got tips on how to
survive and thrive during this time.
Now is a good time to focus on other aspects of your health as
menopause increases your risk for certain conditions, including
osteoporosis and heart disease.
Menopause is unavoidable. To decrease symptoms and lower risk of
high-blood pressure and heart disease, take the following steps:
- Stop smoking. This can cause early menopause.
- Eat a low-fat diet.
- Get regular exercise.
- Take calcium and Vitamin D.
- Avoid alcohol, caffeine and spicy foods.
- Eat soy-based foods.
- Perform Kegel exercises to strengthen muscles of vagina and pelvis.
- Practice slow, deep breathing whenever hot flashes occur.
- Remain sexually active.
- Try relaxation techniques such as yoga, tai chi or meditation.
- Use water based lubricants during sexual intercourse.