But what exactly is the menopause? According to Armand Grimshaw
Menopause is the period of life when women stop having menstrual cycles. In general menopause could come at 50-55 but sometimes women could have early or late menopause. At menopause, women’s ovaries are not ovulating any more, and levels of female hormones produced by the ovaries are decreasing. If a woman (after 48-50) does not have menstruation for one year – it means she is entering to the menopause period.
As a result of these hormonal changes, many women experience both physical and emotional symptoms. If the menopause occurs in a woman who is under 45 years of age, it is known as premature ovarian failure. The period of life leading to menopause is called peri-menopause, and is associated with some decrease in estrogen production.
Most women reach the peri-menopause and menopause without seeking medical advice.
However, modern treatments are available that can ease menopausal symptoms which are severe or distressing.Menopause SymptomsAbout 75-80% of women experience some symptoms of menopause.
Some women find menopause symptoms very disturbing and they seek medical treatment.
First symptoms of peri-menopause are disturbances of the menstrual cycle - irregular periods
In some respects I am quite looking forward to it, never particularly saw the need for a period every month once I decided I wanted no more children. Seems a shame nature just cant give you a switch of some sort to turn them on and off as you require them. Could save a fortune in sanitary protection of nothing else.
Im not fussy about getting old(er), I don't feel my age, but my granddaughter no longer believes I am 29, she is getting to smart for her own good that one!!
As I said I notice a few more creaks as I move around, I often fall asleep in an afternoon for ten or fifteen minutes and find I am really grumpy and irritable of I don't get that chance.
My memory is poor and the girls at work chuckle with me ( as most of them can sympathise) as I walk down the corridor talking to myself so I don't forget what I am actually going down the corridor for and I get up off the couch and walk the six feet to the kitchen I have forgotten what I am going for - which ends up with me getting annoyed at myself.
But like any other phase of life there are things you can do for yourself that may help lesson the effects, and I thought I would share with you an article I found on line the other day written by Woman and Home Magazine.
They recommend trying to help yourself through diet and lifestyle. I was pleasantly surprised by how many I actually do already. Of the twelve items they recommend you eat/drink I already consume nine of them, and all five of the things they recommend you to avoid I already do. So who knows I may be worse if I didn't.