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Article: Menopause | Premature Menopause | Symptoms of Menopause

Menopause | Premature Menopause | Symptoms of Menopause

Menopause 

Author:

Dr. Veena (Ayurvedic Physician)

Menopause refers to the natural cessation of menstruation, typically occurring between the ages of 45 and 50. It is a part of the natural aging process, marking the end of fertility. Women should not overly concern themselves with this aging process or the loss of their beauty, as it is a natural transition.

Causes:

Menopause occurs when the ovaries stop producing eggs, leading to marked changes in hormonal levels, especially a decrease in estrogen.

When menopause occurs at the age of 45 or later, it is considered a normal part of the aging process. However, when it occurs before the age of 40, it is termed Premature Menopause.

Causes of Premature Menopause:

Hysterectomy, chemotherapy, premature ovarian failure, infections such as tuberculosis, mumps, and hyperthyroidism may cause premature menopause.

Perimenopause:

This is the period around the onset of menopause, often marked by various physical signs such as hot flushes and menstrual irregularities.

Symptoms of Menopause:

  • Psychological: Mood swings, irritability, depression, negative thought processes, and anxiety.
  • General: Fatigue, headache, increased pulse rate, increased heartbeats, disturbed sleep, hot flushes, night sweats, irregularities in menstrual cycle, breast tenderness, increased facial hair growth, and narrowing of arteries.
  • Skeletal: Joint pain, muscle pain, backache, decreased bone density leading to osteoporosis and increased risk of fractures.
  • Urogenital Atrophy: Dryness, watery discharge, urinary urgency, itching, and predisposition to urinary tract infections.
  • Sexual: Painful intercourse, decreased libido.
  • Skin Changes:Skin on the neck and face may become red, dryness, itching, tingling sensations, thinning, drying, loss of elasticity, and the development of wrinkles.

Postmenopausal Period:

This is the period that occurs after menopause. Risk factors during this period include osteoporosis, poor muscle tone, heart disease, and weak vision.

Herbs to Treat Menopause:

  • Herbs containing phytoestrogens such as Shatavari and Yashtimadhu are advisable.
  • A powder mixture of Withania somnifera (winter cherry) and Bacopa monnieri can help alleviate irritability.
  • Nardostachys jatamansi (Jatamansi) helps relieve stress and anxiety associated with menopause.

Natural Home Remedies:

  • Follow an appropriate diet and lifestyle modifications to promote postmenopausal health.
  • Increase intake of soybeans, garlic, apples, pumpkin seeds, wheat, beetroot, cabbage, oats, and cucumber.
  • Consume foods rich in vitamin E and raw sprouted seeds.
  • Massage with aroma oils may alleviate emotional disturbances.
  • Coconut water and sunflower seeds are beneficial.
  • Ensure sufficient intake of calcium through milk products, cheese, and beans.
  • Drink milk daily and consume foods containing vitamin D.
  • Incorporate phytoestrogen-rich foods such as soy products, lima beans, and chickpeas into the diet.
  • Exercise regularly with activities like jogging, walking, swimming, and cycling.

Hormonal Replacement Therapy (HRT):

  • HRT should be assessed in individual women and not prescribed routinely.
  • Perimenopausal women may benefit from cyclic HRT rather than continuous HRT.
  • HRT is indicated for preventing osteoporosis in women with early menopause and treating osteoporosis in women in their early fifties with troublesome menopausal symptoms.
  • Natural estrogens are preferred over synthetic ones due to fewer side effects.

If experiencing postmenopausal bleeding, consult a doctor immediately, as it could indicate serious health issues.

Consult with an Ayurvedic physician or doctor before trying any of the aforementioned remedies.