What is the menopause?
Menopause is a natural biological process (usually between ages 45 to 55), in which women stops having their monthly period (amenorrhea). This happens because a women’s regular cyclical production of the hormone levels of oestrogen and progesterone, which began at puberty, is in continual decline due to a limited number of oocytes being produced. Once there are no more oocytes available the production of these hormones stops also. During this period in which these hormone levels decline, menopausal symptoms can present themselves. Such symptoms can typically include hot flushes, night sweats, vaginal dryness etc.
How do you know you are in menopause? What are the symptoms of menopause?
Typically if you are aged over 45 and you feel changes in your periods (i.e more irregular) it is possible that your body have begun perimenopause. Perimenopause is the first step of the menopause transition. This process can begin up to 10 years before the menopause or just a few months. Adding to the irregular periods there are a few symptoms linked with this process:
- Hot flashes.
- Night sweats.
- Mood swings and irritability.
- Difficulty sleeping.
- Cognitive changes (difficulty remembering names, directions…) and headache.
- Vaginal dryness.
- Reduced sex drive (libido).
- Vaginal/vulvar itching.
- Generalized itching.
- Bone loss.
Following perimenopause comes the menopause. The symptoms are quite similar to the perimenopause, although can also present with physical changes, the most common in menopause is gain weight.
What is the most common treatment for menopause? What is the best option?
Have a good diet high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, high-quality protein, and dairy products may reduce menopause symptoms. Also, there are a few supplements and product that we can take to relief the symptoms and help us in this process. Regular exercise at least 3 times per week is also beneficial. Repetitions of light weight bearing exercise can also help bone density in someone who has had the menopause.
Yoga or pilates where relaxation and stretching exercises are undertaken has also been shown to be beneficial to help with menopausal symptoms.
With regard to supplementation there are a number of prescription based medicines which may help symptoms. Over the counter there are a few worth noting also.
Menopace original by Vitabiotics has been developed with 22 nutrients (vitamins and soya flavonoids) to support those during the menopause. With vitamin B6, contributes to the regulation of normal activity, vitamin B1 to normal heart function, and vitamin D and magnesium to maintenance of normal bones. Menopace is a good choice to consider along with a balanced diet to help with the good maintenance of bodily function during the menopause.
Cleanmarine MenoMin is an Irish brand all in one supplement for symptom relief of women approaching menopause or during menopause. Cleanmarine MenoMin is rich in Omega-3 with Phospholipids, Vitamins B1, B2, B6, B12 and D3, as well as Rosemary Extract, Soy Isoflavones, Folate and Biotin. With Vitamin B6 to help regulate hormonal activity, biotin to help maintain normal mucous membranes which line the vagina and other parts of the body including the mouth. Cleanmarine MenoMin also contains Vitamin B2 to reduce tiredness and fatigue and Vitamin D to help maintain healthy normal bones.