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MANAGING MENOPAUSE THE NATURAL WAY

Updated: Nov 25, 2021

Are you 42 years or older?

Are you experiencing reduced period flow?

Are your experiencing symptoms like hot flushes, Insomnia?

Then it could be perimenopause or Menopause.


Menopause is a period when a woman stops having periods, and is not able to get pregnant naturally. Periods usually start to become less frequent over a few months or years before they stop altogether, sometimes they can stop suddenly. Menopause is a natural part of ageing that usually occurs between 45 and 55 years of age, as a woman's oestrogen levels decline. In Nigeria the average age for Menopause is 42 while in the UK, the average age for a woman to reach the menopause is 51.

Menopausal symptoms can begin months or even years before your periods stop and last around 4 years after your last period, although some women experience them for much longer. Most women will experience menopausal symptoms. Some of these can be quite severe and have a significant impact on everyday activities. This includes; hot flushes -75% of women experience it, night sweats, vagina dryness and discomfort during sex, difficulty sleeping – insomnia, low mood, or anxiety, reduced sex drive (libido) problems with memory and concentration.


WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MENOPAUSE

Long term symptoms of oestrogen withdrawal increase the risk of serious health conditions such as:

  • Osteoporosis: Many women begin to lose bone density after menopause, making them more vulnerable to fractured or broken bones.

  • 1 in 2 women over the age of 50 are expected to break a bone during their lifetime, the incidence is higher in women due to the depletion of oestrogen during the menopause.

  • Women can lose up to 20% of their bone density in the five to seven years after the menopause.

  • Cardiovascular disease and stroke: Oestrogen provides some protection from heart and blood vessel diseases. Heart disease is the number one killer of women