Menopause generally occurs when a woman is between the ages of 45 and 55 years old. When symptoms begin to occur at an earlier age, this is often called premature menopause, and because it generally arrives unexpected, it can cause a great deal of anxiety and worry. Menopause results when the ovaries are no longer producing eggs on a monthly basis. The signs are an irregular menstrual cycle and finally the cessation of bleeding altogether. When the ovaries are not producing eggs anymore, this means they are also not producing estrogen and testosterone, which leads to a myriad of changes as a woman goes from one stage of her life to another.
Vaginal dryness, hot flashes, mood swings, insomnia, and changes in the skin are some of the symptoms associated with menopause. Early menopause can happen when a woman suffers from an autoimmune disorder such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus, or when there are chromosomal abnormalities present that cause the ovaries to stop producing eggs. The symptoms can often be demoralizing, especially if a woman is seemingly too young to experience them.
We at Live Well Holistic Health want you to know that there are natural ways to cope with early menopause, and here are some of the ways to alleviate discomfort, whether physical or emotional:
•Exercise every day, using your energy to engage in physical activity is an excellent way to offset menopausal symptoms, channeling them into something positive and helping to maintain bodily functions.
•Practice relaxation techniques such as those associated with yoga or Tai Chi. Through the repetition of calming exercises, you can help reduce feelings of anxiety, as well as relive the symptoms of depression.
•Reduce your alcohol, caffeine, and spice intake and stop smoking if you are a smoker, as these can be triggers for mood swings and other debilitating factors.
• Follow a regular sleeping routine in order to regulate your sleep cycle. Getting to bed at a reasonable hour helps instill a balanced sleeping habit. Take a warm bath or shower before going to bed in order to regulate your body temperature. If you have trouble sleeping, drink Chamomile or Lemon Verbena tea to calm the nerves and induce a more tranquil state.
• Consult with your doctor to make sure you are taking the right amounts of Vitamin D and calcium. Vitamin D plays an extremely important role in helping to absorb calcium in order to build bones and avoid osteoporosis, which is a risk factor in menopausal women. Vitamin D also helps protect against heart problems, disease, and also has positive effect on mood and cognitive performance.
• If you find that you are experiencing anxiety levels that you cannot control, join a support group, find a professional, talk to an empathetic friend or family member in order to vent your emotions.
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