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Symptoms Of Menopause and Early Signs is exactly what I’ll be sharing with you in this article, and if you’re at my age you will really need to read this, you may be already experiencing some symptoms with a clue of where its coming from, so read and learn.
If you are female and in your late 30s to early 40s and you are noticing some changes in your menstrual cycle, it may be time you learn what the symptoms of menopause are.
The first thing you will notice is that your periods will start to become irregular. They may get shorter or longer and the bleeding lighter or heavier. Some months you may even skip a period. Premenstrual symptoms may get worse, as well.
Other early signs you may notice are insomnia and night sweats. You may have trouble falling asleep or find you are often awake throughout the night. These are forms of insomnia and you should talk to your doctor about it sooner rather than later. Do not wait until you are completely exhausted. You need your rest, just like everybody else, and when you don’t get it you could get sick or have a serious accident.
Night sweats may not seem like a big deal and in the grand scheme of the symptoms of menopause you will experience, they may not be. But, it can be disconcerting to wake up in the middle of the night drenched in sweat and have to get up and change your pj’s and the linens on your bed.
You need to know that perimenopausal symptoms can last for as long as ten years before you are actually considered ‘in menopause’. Menopause is when you have not had a period for 12 consecutive months.
You would think that all the symptoms would be done then, wouldn’t you? Not so at all, you will still experience the hot flashes, the nausea, the mood swings, the food cravings, the decreased interest in sex and the fun doesn’t stop there. No, the further you get into menopause then you have to worry about vaginal dryness and vaginal atrophy.
Every woman is different and so are the signs she will experience. Some of you may just sail through menopause completely unscathed, while others will have severe symptoms and need assistance in finding effective treatments.
I know we all used to laugh at our mothers when they had hot flashes, we thought it was so funny. Now we wish we hadn’t laughed quite so hard…payback is a b—h like karma!
A few other symptoms that you may or may not experience are headaches, weight gain, and anxiety. Weight gain is common in menopausal women but there are things you can do to combat the battle of the bulge like eating right and getting some exercise every day.
You will no doubt be looking for ways to treat your symptoms and there are several natural ways to start. Herbal supplements are big weapons in the war your hormones are waging on you. Things like Black Cohosh and Valerian Root help with hot flashes and help you sleep better. St John’s Wort can help with the mood swings.
Talk with your doctor and find out what they recommend. Your doctor will probably talk to you about Hormone Replacement Therapy, or HRT. While HRT is the most common treatment for symptoms of menopause, it can increase you risk for heart attack and stroke, breast and ovarian cancer.
Treatment For Male Menopause, Yep Male Andropause
Treatment for male menopause, or Andropause, focuses on increasing the amounts of testosterone and cortisol and treating the symptoms. Symptoms can be much like those experienced by women.
Other symptoms or physiological factors that can be present in men are – erectile dysfunction, loss of muscle mass, decreased sex drive, mood changes, weight gain, urinary problems caused by an enlarging prostate, hot flashes, the development of breast tissue due to the decrease of testosterone, hair loss, irritable male syndrome, sleep apnea, and depression.
As men reach the age of 40 the production of the hormone testosterone is gradually decreased over time and can result in male menopause symptoms. Since these symptoms can also be related to other conditions it is best to consult your doctor and have some tests run to rule out the other conditions.
Testosterone is important not only for building muscle and maintaining a normal sex drive but plays a part in several functions like bone formation, liver function, growth of the prostate gland and the production of red blood cells in the bone marrow.
Diagnosis of male menopause
Diagnosis of male menopause is made by blood tests and one treatment for male menopause is bio identical hormone replacement therapy. Obviously, there are risks as well as benefits to this type of treatment and hormone declines can be treated easily.
Treatment includes not only the testosterone replacement but also an individualized nutrition plan along with supplements and a regular exercise plan. You don’t have to feel older than you really are. With this type of treatment you can start to feel younger and more alive than you have in a long time. You can start doing the things you thought you would not be able to do anymore.
According to the US Census Bureau, approximately 5 million men have low testosterone and the symptoms that go along with it. But only 5-10% of these men will go to their doctor for diagnosis and treatment.
This is because most men believe that any decline in sexual function or any of the other symptoms related to Andropause are just signs of normal aging. This is far from the truth. It is not normal to feel depressed all the time, can’t sleep or have gained so much weight in such a short time.
If you just do not feel like yourself there is help out there for you. All you have to do is realize that something may be wrong and then make an appointment to see your doctor to discuss your symptoms and get some tests run. No big deal and probably worth the effort if you could start to feel like yourself again.
This is what used to be called having a midlife crisis. Men would all of a sudden leave their wives of 25 years and find a girlfriend in her 20s or go buy a motorcycle or fancy sports car to try to compensate for the feelings they are feeling. Research and studies and testing have shown that testosterone is the culprit and treatment for male menopause is probably saving many marriages
Weight Gain Menopause – You Can Avoid It
How do you stop weight gain menopause from ruining your life? Just like any other weight loss plan, you have to choose what is right for you and stick to it. You may need to make some changes if you want to get and stay thin and healthy.
For one week, keep a food journal and see for yourself in black and white what kinds of things you put in your mouth on a daily basis. You may be surprised at the things you eat. After you have kept your food journal for a week then you can make whatever changes you need to and start to eat healthy meals.
Portion control is important. We all know that good food tastes good and we go back for seconds almost unconsciously. You need to stay conscious about what you are doing with food, especially after menopause.
If you do not want to be one of the 2/3 of women in menopause who gain upwards of 15 pounds, then make the changes your body needs you to make. This includes some form of daily exercise.
Walking, biking, jogging, playing tennis, swimming or whatever floats your boat, just get out there and do it. You won’t be as fast as you were when you were young or have the rhythm and coordination you used to. But, the more you do whatever it is you do, the better you will get at it and when you get to be in better shape you will no longer have to worry about weight gain menopause.
Weight gain is caused by a number of factors that can be overcome whenever you want to overcome them. Overeating is one reason and that can be overcome by watching your portions at every meal as I have explained above.
Weight gain is caused by decreased physical activity. All that needs to be done to overcome this is to get regular exercise on a daily basis. Make a pact with yourself and try hard not to let yourself down. You will be the only one who suffers. Start slow if you have to and work your way up to a nice moderate level routine.
A couple of things to watch out for when learning to pace yourself during a work out, you should be able to carry on a casual conversation with your work out partner during your work out. If you cannot then you are probably working too hard and should slow done a bit. And you should be perspiring slightly when you are done with your work out
Another factor of weight gain is hormones and this is what we are talking about here today. Hormones produced by the ovaries are waning and the hormones produced by other glands in the body get confused. Metabolism slows down and we just don’t burn the fuel we put in our bodies like we used to. Weight gain menopause is a gradual thing and before you know it you are considered obese
Vitamins To Relieve Menopause Symptoms
Even though all women know that someday they will have to deal with menopause symptoms at some point in their lives, the reality of menopause can be so severe that they can knock even the strongest, most fit woman off balance.
We’ve all heard of things like hot flashes, and night sweats, decreased sex drive, and many other very negative side effects. But the sheer intensity of the actual symptoms can have an enormous impact on your everyday life.
Not being able to sleep night after night, while you are still expected to perform all your normal daily obligations can take a huge toll on your health, both mentally and physically.
While finding effective menopause relief can be very hard to do, it’s not impossible. There are a lot of things you can do to help lessen your symptoms. It’s often a matter of trial and error, some things will work for some people and not for others so you may have to try several products before you find something that will give you the relief you need.
It’s important to remember that you do have options in dealing with symptoms and that there are vitamins to relieve menopause symptoms.
Today most doctors are staying away from prescribing Hormone Replacement Therapy for their patients due to the dangerous side effects that these drugs can have. There have been many studies to show an increased risk of breast cancer with the use of HRT so many doctors are very reluctant to prescribe it for their patients. Instead, more emphasis is placed on natural menopause remedies.
The effectiveness of these remedies will vary greatly from one woman to the next, but if you’re a woman suffering from hot flashes, mood swings, vaginal dryness, or irritability, you’ll be willing to try just about anything to find relief.
Many women have found relief of their menopause symptoms with the use of black cohosh. This natural remedy won’t help everyone but it is worth it to give it a try and see if you are one of the lucky women who can find relief by using this herb.
Vitamin E is one supplement that has been shown to help reduce hot flashes in many women. It can also help promote strong bones and overall good health.
The recommended dosage is 400 – 800 I.U. daily, of course always consult with your doctor before taking any type of supplement to make sure there aren’t any potentially harmful drug interactions between your vitamins and any prescription drugs you may be taking.
Bone loss is another common problem for women going through menopause so it’s important to take a calcium supplement, usually 1500 mg daily, added to 500- 750 mg magnesium to help improve absorption.
Menopause is no fun for any woman, or her immediate family, but there are vitamins to relieve menopause symptoms. Try to find an effective and natural way to relieve, or at least lessen, your menopausal symptoms.
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