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Why menopause is actually an opportunity for self-care

SPONSORED BY MARTIN & PLEASANCE DR. OLIVIA ROSE, ND WHAT IS MENOPAUSE? Menopause is defined as the absence of a menstrual period for 12 months. 51 years of age is the average age of onset in North America. Once in menopause, the function of the ovaries–the female gonads–drastically decline. This leads to cessation of ovulation and a decrease in the primary sex hormones–estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. But menopause is not a disease. It’s important to remember that your hormones do not need to be replaced and menopause itself does not need to be treated. Instead, this is a period of time in your life to focus on self-care and to examine the holistic ways to manage the discomforts your body is experiencing.  Remember, it...

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Menopause Treatment

Four Recommended Exercises To Add To Your Menopause Treatment

Improving flexibility and mobility during menopause is important to ensure the good health of your bones, joints and a healthy strong heart. Moving around more during menopause may seem like a hassle due to symptoms such as hot flushes, fatigue angd low mood. While you may be disinterested in keeping active during this time it is more important than ever to include movement as part of your menopause treatment. Here are some recommended exercises to include in your daily routine: Windmills This exercise involves moving the arms forward and then the reverse. Doing two to three sets of 10 can give the heart a workout in addition to enhancing circulation in the body. Two great advantages of this exercise is that it...

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perimenopause symptoms

Worried About Perimenopause Weight Gain? Try Using These 4 Tips

Weight gain is a common concern with women worldwide. Managing perimenopause weight gain requires a different approach to typical weight gain issues, as hormonal and metabolism changes in your body may trigger an increase in weight. This is often not in your control and while dieting and exercise do help, your perimenopause weight treatment plan requires a bit more willpower. The perimenopause weight gain difference Perimenopause weight gain can be more challenging because the hormonal changes taking place begin to influence the way your body works, so what are the potential causes of perimenopause weight gain? : The decreasing oestrogen levels from ovaries make body fat the next important source for its production. This results in the body storing more fat. The...

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Early Menopause Symptoms

Don’t Let Early Menopause Pull The Rug From Under You. Here’s How To Lessen The Impact Of Early Menopause

One of the most uncomfortable periods of a women’s life is the onset of early menopause. The many challenges and horror stories of the symptoms produced by menopause – from hot flushes to weight gain – can create anxiety for women about to enter this rite of passage. Early menopause can come as quite a shock leaving you unprepared for The Change. Rather than burying your head in the sand in denial, staying proactive and positive proves more beneficial in helping you cope. Addressing hormonal imbalances The first step is to recognise the symptoms and then find ways to alleviate them. Early menopause is a time when menopause symptoms are experienced early for women, from the age of 40 to 45. Menopause...

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Menopause Symptoms

Don’t Let Menopause Master Your Libido – Here’s How You Can Stay In Charge!

Female sexuality is said to be more complex than male sexuality. Some women describe the experience as a mind-body connection that changes depending on various factors from stress to mood to diet. So when treating a flagging libido, it may be worth looking at treating menopause symptoms holistically. Especially during menopause, a time of great physical and mental change. A study on post-menopause from the Women's Healthy Ageing Project found that at least half of the Australian women population remain sexually active well after menopause, but do experience some sexual distress, possibly from common menopause symptoms. When signs of menopause begin, estrogen levels are starting to decline, which in turn produces unpleasant physical menopause symptoms such as hot flushes and night sweats...

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Menopause Symptoms

Vitamin D Plays An Important Part In Treating Menopause Symptoms

Often when questioned on the health benefits of Vitamin D, the development of healthy bones and teeth spring easily to mind. A lesser known role of Vitamin D, that is critically important to women’s health, is its ability to help treat menopause symptoms. Vitamin D works in harmony with other essential nutrients to: promote healthy bone renewal, keeping hormones balance and sustaining a healthy immune system. The vitamin stimulates the production of calcitriol – a powerful steroid responsible for assisting in the growth and breakdown of healthy tissue in cells. A recent health study highlighted the concern of Vitamin D deficiency as a major health issue. Research found that almost one third of the Australian adult population were lacking in suitable levels...

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early menopause

Is there a higher chance that you could experience early menopause?

Menopause is a stage in a woman’s life that is as much a certainty as it is getting your first period. A woman can begin to experience menopause symptoms from as young as 45 to 60 years of age. So is it possible to experience menopause at an age earlier than expected? The answer is yes. This is called early menopause, which is where the final menstrual period ends and menopause symptoms arise before a woman reaches 45. There are many causes of early menopause. Recent research by Australia’s University of Queensland reveals that women whose periods started earlier than normal (11 years old or younger) and women who’ve never had kids have more chance of experiencing early menopause. Additional factors...

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Menopause Hot Sweats

Menopause Hot Sweats – Beat Those Hot Sweats By Working Up A Sweat!

Of all the symptoms of menopause that women find unpleasant to deal with, hot flushes would definitely be in the top ten. Living in a country as hot as Australia we’re used to dealing with temperature extremes, but when it’s your own body producing unpredictable and inconvenient surges of heat, then you have a problem. But if recent research is anything to go by, it seems as if the antidote to enduring hot flashes might lie in exercise. A recent study was undertaken by researchers at the University of Grenada in Spain for the online medical journal Menopause. It involves taking a selected group of post-menopausal woman aged 45 to 64 years old and placing them on a 5-month long program...

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End of Periods

Anxious That Your Period Cycle Has Ended? Understanding The Body’s Biological Processes May Help

While many women dread the menstrual cycle and all its related challenges, regular periods can evoke a sigh of relief and be a reassuring sign that your reproductive organs are working as they should. Erratic periods or the end of periods altogether can be a very stressful time especially if you do not know why. When the period cycle ends or is interrupted There is a medical term for the absence of the menstrual cycle – Amenorrhoea. There are two types of this: Primary and Secondary. The first type is very rare and is characterised by the non-appearance of periods up to 16 years of age. This is caused by irregularities in the functioning of the reproductive system. The more common type, Secondary Amenorrhoea,...

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Menopause Symptoms

5 Uncommon Menopause Symptoms You May Not Have Heard About

Whether it is overhearing a conversation at your local wellness spa or at the doctor’s rooms, or even reading your favourite woman’s mag, modern woman should feel comfortable talking about their menopause symptoms. Knowing the symptoms that other women are experiencing can be immensely beneficial in helping you cope with this natural process when your time of transition comes. You’ve heard it all before: the distressing hot flushes, sleep-wrecking night sweats and Jekyll and Hyde-like irritability and mood swings. Along with common menopausal symptoms there are also lesser known signs to be aware of. Itchy skin This is one of the more rare symptoms women experience. It is worth including on this list as itchy skin can not only be uncomfortable and...

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