Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Coping With Menopause

As sure as death and taxes, menopause will occur to every woman at a certain point in their lives. It is a very traumatic experience for every woman that experiences it.

Technically, menopause is the stage in a woman?s life when her body stops producing eggs and her ability to bear children ends.

Although menopause usually takes place between the ages of forty to fifty years old, it can occur at anytime in a woman?s life.

There are many symptoms of menopause. Some are uncomfortable, such as hot and cold sweats, and irregularity in sleeping, as well as weight gain and muscle pain. The more moderate symptoms include mood swings, irritability, becoming increasingly emotional or depression.

Many women feel that menopause is the worst thing in the world. They can no longer bear children and they fall into a deep depression. There are other women who welcome menopause. With their families and careers established, they embrace the fact that they will no longer have to deal with monthly cramps and all that goes with it.

The most important thing that a woman can do to get through menopause is to be informed. Four thousand women start menopause every day. More than one third of these women have no idea what is happening to them.

There are many treatments for the symptoms of menopause. Some involve the use of estrogen to replace what the body has lost. Anti-depressants are prescribed when a woman has emotional issues that she cannot deal with.

There are some women who have chosen to use natural and herbal remedies to ease the symptoms of menopause. However, there are some herbal remedies that can counteract medication for other illnesses. This makes it crucial that you discuss anything that you intend to take with your doctor.

Menopause does not have to be the worst time in a woman?s life. It is a journey into the next plain of life. By working with your doctor, you can greatly reduce the symptoms of menopause and make them more manageable.

Ruth Kelly is a writer and administrator for Menopause Discuss, a site that specializes in menopause.


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