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Red CloverMenopause is the term used for the end of menstruation. The word comes from Greek, meaning monthly, and pausis, meaning cessation.

Menopause is part of a woman's natural aging process when her ovaries produce lower levels of the hormones estrogen and progesterone and when she is no longer able to become pregnant.

Unlike a woman’s first menstruation, which starts on a single day, the changes leading up to menopause happen over several years. The average age for menopause is 52. But menopause commonly happens anytime between the ages of 42 and 56.

A woman can say she has begun her menopause when she has not had a period for a full year.

The life expectancy of a woman is now over 80 years; she will live 30 or more of these years in a post-menopausal state. Menopause is often a time of many physical and social changes. It could be viewed as a "rite of passage", a time in life's journey when we move from one stage to another. It signals an interval during which we welcome new opportunities and challenges. In a rite of passage, something dies and something is born. The past is put to rest as we welcome new opportunities and new ventures. For some, menopause is a time to enjoy release from responsibilities of children. For others, it is a time to take on new responsibilities and care for aging parents.

Menopause is a creative time, a time to give a new expression to life. And, with all that we know and with all the help that is available to you, it is your choice whether to suffer through this passage or whether to enjoy life and happiness.

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Symptoms

Menopause is a natural process that happens to every woman as she grows older, and is not a medical problem, disease or illness. Still, some women may have a hard time because of the changes in hormone levels during menopause.

There are many possible signs of menopause and each woman feels them differently. Most women have no or few menopausal symptoms while some women have many moderate or severe symptoms.

The clearest signs of the start of menopause are irregular periods (when periods come closer together or further apart), and when blood flow becomes lighter or heavier.

Other signs may include some of the following:

  • weight gain;
  • hot flashes;
  • insomnia;
  • night sweats;
  • vaginal dryness;
  • joint pain;
  • fatigue;
  • short-term memory problems;
  • bowel upset;
  • dry eyes;
  • itchy skin;
  • mood swings; and
  • urinary tract infections.

Most of the time, these symptoms will lessen or go away after a woman has finished menopause.

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Causes

 

Menopause occurs due to a complex series of hormonal changes. Associated with the menopause is a decline in the number of functioning eggs within the ovaries. At the time of birth, most females have about 1-3 million eggs, which are gradually lost throughout a woman's life.

By the time of a girl's first menstrual period, she has an average of about 400,000 eggs. By the time of menopause, a woman may have fewer than 10,000 eggs. A small percentage of these eggs are lost through normal ovulation (the monthly cycle). Most eggs die off through a process called atresia (the degeneration and subsequent resorption of immature ovarian follicles - fluid filled cysts that contain the eggs).

Progesterone and estrogen are the two major hormones in women's body. These hormones are primarily produced in the ovaries, and their most important role is in the control of the menstrual cycle.

At menopause, the body reduces the production of estrogen to 40 or 60 percent of what it was. At the same time, since there's no longer ovulation, the production of progesterone is reduced to almost zero. Ovulation triggers the production of progesterone in the body.

At menopause, the body reduces production of estrogen and halts production of progesterone. Basically, menopause occurs when the ovaries stop ovulating and the monthly production of natural progesterone comes to a halt.

This creates a very unpleasant physical imbalance called hormone imbalance which leads to menopausal symptoms. And most of the menopause symptoms experienced by women in the industrialized countries ARE NOT NORMAL! The consequences of hormone imbalance causes early menopause.

Stress, lack of exercise, progesterone deficiency due to missed ovulations, obesity, exposure to chemicals, synthetic hormone replacement therapy, poor diet, heredity and estrogen dominance are all factors in creating this "hormone imbalance" which causes early menopause.

This imbalance can cause a long list of symptoms:

• increased body fat
• salt and fluid retention
• depression, irritability
• headaches
• low sex drive
• blood clotting
• heart disease
• memory problems, forgetfulness
• hot flashes, night sweats
• sleep disturbances, insomnia
• urinary tract infections
• breast cancer

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Home Remedies

Consume green leafy vegetables, fruits, grains, sprouts, milk and cheese. Freshly ready fruit juice is extremely recommended during this period.

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Herbal Remedies

St. John’s Wort is a natural perennial plant that contains flavonoids, tannins and hypericin which help to maintain your brain chemicals and consequently keep your moods balanced.

Black Cohosh is a plant found in the buttercup family. The root has estrogenic properties (as does Red Clover) that help to balance the estrogens in your body. Black Cohosh also has relaxant properties and may affect the uterine contractions so that heavy bleeding is decreased. It may also contain substances that act as pain relievers and sedatives.

Red Clover is extensively grown for pasture, hay, and green manure. The flowers are reported to possess antispasmodic and estrogenic properties, meaning that they help to balance the estrogens in your body.

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Eat small meals. Rather than load your system three times a day, five or six small meals will help your body regulate temperature more easily.

Drink lots of water. Don't forget to refresh yourself with cool water or juice, especially after exercising.

Cut the caffeine. Caffeine-containing beverages stimulate production of the stress hormones that trigger hot flashes.

Limit your alcohol. Some women find alcohol is another hot flash trigger.

To increase your levels of estrogen try increasing your consumption of plants which contain estrogenic substances:

Alfalfa, soybeans, soy sprouts, crushed flaxseeds, garlic, green beans, sesame seeds, wheat, yams, pumpkin seeds, cucumbers, corn, apples, anise seeds, cabbage, beets, olive oil, olives, papaya, oats, peas, sunflower seeds, are all important sources of natural estrogens and as you can imagine they are loaded with vitamins, fiber and minerals essential not only for menopause, but to maintain an overall good health.

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