If you or someone you know are going through menopause, you may benefit from today’s article by guest blogger, John Newman.
Literally meaning, “a pause in the monthly cycle,” menopause is the time when women‘s menstrual periods stop, along with their capability to have children. It’s a time in their life that all women will eventually encounter. But it only starts with irregular periods and hot flashes.
The worst part of menopause is the host of other unfortunate symptoms such as irritability, tiredness, and even lack of sex drive. But why does this happen, and is there a way to stop it?
Why Menopause Happens
Upon birth, a woman only has a set amount of egg cells for reproducing. This number is then continually lowered until she has only about 400,000 upon reaching puberty. From these egg cells, even fewer end up getting released from the ovaries for possible fertilization. By the time a woman reaches the ages of 45 to 55, a woman starts to run out of egg cells, signalling the onset of menopause.
This whole process is also linked to the production of two vital hormones: estrogen and progesterone, the absence of which is a clear sign of the onset of menopause. Since this is a natural phase that comes with ageing, a so-called cure is neither available nor necessary.
Unfortunately, there are sometimes to its symptoms than intense discomfort.
How Menopause Affects You
Adding fuel to the fire, studies have also shown that menopause can actually open doors for more severe health problems. In addition to the previously mentioned symptoms, studies have also linked menopause to greater risks of osteoporosis, coronary heart disease, and even cancer.
With the many negative effects associated with menopause, it’s understandable to feel a little bit of anxiety. Thankfully, some of the symptoms – like hot flashes – can be reduced by avoiding tobacco, caffeine, and alcohol. Meanwhile, dietary choices and proper exercise can decrease the chances of sleeping problems and lack of energy.
But if you think your symptoms might be causing you too much discomfort, then it might be in your best interest to seek specialized treatment. The most viable of these options is hormone replacement therapy, which supplies the body with enough hormones to reach its natural level.
A Suitable Solution
Hormone replacement therapy specialists from the University of California in Los Angeles have had countless of studies, confirming the beneficial effects of estrogen treatment alone with improved circulation. However, the treatment isn’t meant to put a pause on menopause. Instead, the purpose is to alleviate the major discomforts it’s associated with – thereby making this life stage more bearable and pleasant.
The details of the actual treatment can vary per person, but can range from the more simple estrogen replacement therapy, to a combination therapy that includes estrogen, progesterone, and progestin. But hormone replacement therapy can do more than help with symptoms. After all, solutions like this aren’t just for the women who are going through these life changes, but also for the people around them.
Depending on the dosage and the hormones involved, replacement therapy can have side effects such as bloating, breast tenderness, and headaches Before you decide if this is for you, make sure to weigh the pros and cons with the help of a trusted medical professional.
About the Author
John Newman is a writer with a background in health, business and technology journalism as well as public relations. He is also one of the writers at Genemedics Health Institute. In his spare time, he enjoys surfing and traveling the world.
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