Things We Should Know About Menopause

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Posted on 9th November 2010 by admin in Uncategorized

Menopause is the cessation of menstruation, when the ovaries stop releasing eggs and producing estrogen.  Women in their late forties to early fifties traditionally begin menopause.  This time line can vary widely between each person.  There are many factors that can influence the timing of menopause.

  1. Trauma can trigger premature menopause before the age of forty.  This is because prolonged stress can stop the production of sex hormones.
  2. If the ovaries are removed surgically, menopause will begin immediately.
  3. Low body weight can cause early menopause because of the decreased hormone output by the ovaries.  Anorexia can cause the ovaries to shut down completely.
  4. Extra fat from being overweight can delay menopause.  This is because the extra fat increases estradiol.
  5. Adrenal exhaustion from too much stress and poor diet can cause early menopause.
  6. Physically active women who eat healthy diets usually experience late menopause.  Smokers tend to experience earlier menopause.

Supplement support for menopause include black cohosh, Vitamin C, red raspberry, dong quai, Vitamin E and B complex.

Good lifestyle choices for menopause include having a bone density test performed to measure bone mass which begins to deplete during menopause.  Doing weight-bearing exercises to increase bone density.  Have a regular mammogram done.  Practice deep breathing techniques and exercise regularly.

If you are going through menopause be sure to support your adrenal glands.  The adrenals will have more work for your ovaries as your hormone production decreases.  Taking an adrenal glandular supplement with licorice and Siberian ginseng in the same formula can be beneficial to the adrenals.

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