Information and facts on Menopause

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Menopause which begins when a woman stops menstruation and her ovaries stop producing as much of the hormones estrogen and progesterone. Estrogen is used by the body for the following: bones, smooth skin, body heat regulation, artery health, and normal cell operations. The average age at which menopause occurs in woman is 50 years old and lasts for about 5 years. Symptoms may include hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, depression, breast tenderness, skin dryness, burning and pain in sexual intercourse, and sleeping problems. Reducing meat, dairy products, caffeine, and sugar eaten will help. Stop smoking and avoid alcohol. Drink at least 5-6 glasses of water a day. A good multi-vitamin mineral supplement and a female herbal supplement may also help.

Menopause, also referred to as the "change of life," is the point at which a woman stops ovulating and menstruation ceases, indicating the end of fertility. When a woman stops ovulating, her ovaries largely stop producing the hormones estrogen and progesterone. Estrogen is normally thought of as a sex hormone related just to reproduction, but it also acts on many organs in the human body. Cells in the vagina, bladder, breasts, skin, bones, arteries, heart, liver, and brain all contain estrogen receptors, and require this hormone to stimulate these receptors for normal cell function. Estrogen is needed to keep the skin smooth and moist, the body's internal thermostat operating properly, and the arteries unclogged, for example. It is also necessary for proper bone formation.

Although estrogen levels drop sharply after menopause, the hormone does not disappear entirely. Other organs take over from the ovaries and continue to produce some estrogen and other hormones. The organs known as endocrine glands secrete hormones to maintain proper bodily functions. The menopausal period is different for every woman. Some begin earlier and some later on, but the average age at menopause is about fifty. The transition normally lasts up to five years.

A woman who undergoes a hysterectomy but who keeps at least one of her ovaries stops menstruating after surgery, but she will still go through menopause. If the ovaries are removed during hysterectomy, menopause occurs suddenly, and symptoms may be more severe. Some women go through menopause with few or no noticeable symptoms. However, many women experience short-term or acute symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, fatigue, dizziness, headaches, anxiety, depression, poor libido, bladder problems, vaginal dryness and itching, burning and discomfort during sexual intercourse, breast tenderness, dryness and aging of the skin, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, and insomnia.

All of these symptoms are due to estrogen and progesterone deficiency. Over the long term, the diminished supply of estrogen increases the likelihood of cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and vaginal atrophy. Osteoporosis is an especially major problem for women after menopause. An estimated 80% of the 250,000 hip fractures that occur in the USA each year are caused by osteoporosis. Note it is important to remember that menopause is not really a disease. But rather a natural process in the woman's life.

How a woman looks at this time of her life may affect both how frequent and severe her symptoms are. If menopause is viewed as the end of youth and sexuality, this time will be much more difficult than if it is viewed as the next, natural phase of life. With a proper diet, nutritional supplements, and exercise, most of the unpleasant side effects of menopause can be minimized, if not eliminated almost completely.


Nutrient / Supplement Importance
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Helpful notes
Multi-vitamin & Mineral supplement 10 contains vitamin E , vitamin B , magnesium, calcium, boron, zinc and selenium all which may be helpful for both treatment of hot flashes and other female problems of menopause. A daily supplement provides nutrients needed for general good health and well being.
Black Cohosh 10 herb that has been long used for menopause and related female health issues 
vitamin B 10 the B vitamin complex helps to improve blood circulation and also cell operations. Vitamin B6 may help in reducing water retention.
Omega fatty acids 10 found in flax seed oil, borage seed oil, and omegas in fish oil
Pyridoxine 9 vitamin B6 helps with water retention and relieve symptoms
Royal Jelly 9 contains nutrients helpful for menopause
Pantothenic acid 9 vitamin B5 is good for stress and required for adrenal function
Folic acid 9 works with B vitamins and also protects the heart
Dong Quai 10 herb that helps to reduce hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and depression. Works well in a formula that also has both ginseng and vitamin B6.
Damiana  9 herb that helps enhance sexual desire and pleasure
Licorice 8 herb that helps with the female hormone estrogen and works well in a general herbal formula for women
vitamin E 8 vitamin E helps to reduce hot flashes and other symptoms of menopause.
Boron 8 the mineral boron can help improve calcium absorption in the body which is normally a problem for women
Calcium 8 aids with nervousness and irritability
Magnesium 8 mineral that works with calcium
Bioflavonoids  7 useful for hot flashes and general health
Zinc 7 can help reduce bone loss and improve healing and the immune system problems resulting from menopause. It works well in a good multi-vitamin supplement with B vitamins and vitamin E.
Potassium 7 replaces what is lost thru menopausal hot flashes 
Selenium 6 mineral that helps with hormonal balance


Other Changes To Make

  • drink 6-8 glasses of steam distilled or filtered water a day

  • eat 50% raw fruits and vegetables (organic is best)

  • nuts, seeds, and whole grains are good

  • juice is good (make your own with a juice machine)

  • do not worry as much about calories as eating the right foods

  • carrot and celery sticks are good to use as a snack

  • a colon cleansing can be very helpful - (do several times each year)

  • do not drink coffee, alcohol, soda pop, other junk food drinks

  • do not eat processed foods white sugar, white flour, etc...

  • use stress relief like going for walks in the park (or the 10/90 rule - see Stress)

  • brown rice is good to eat

  • avoid red meat and animal fats

  • reduce dairy products cheese, milk, and others

  • fast a few days a month

  • get at least 8 hours of sleep 

  • exercise light to moderate amounts

  • avoid artificial sweeteners like Aspartame and NutraSweet

  • do not smoke and avoid second hand smoke

  • do not skip meals - just eat better and not as much at each meal

  • do not chew gum - it can cause you to feel hungry

  • do not watch too much TV try reading a book or something else


All information presented on these web pages is not meant to diagnose, prescribe, or to administer to any physical ailments.
In all matters related to your health please contact a qualified, licensed Medical Consultant or Doctor.
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........Symmetry herbal and nutritional products for Women, Children, and Men includes vitamins, herb supplements, skin care, weight loss, water filters, sport's nutrition, and health maintenance. Giving you and your family an alternative natural way for prevention and healing treatment of disease - also to aid in well being of mind, body, and spirit.