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Getting Through the Menopause

May 02, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 184

Obstetricians and Gynaecologists have reported that in the countries where women's status improves with age, there are less incidents of hot flushes, and other short-term effects of menopause.

Why then do some women suffer debilitating symptoms over a number of years?

Hormonal changes that take place.

For most of a woman's life hormonal messengers have flooded into the bloodstream and stimulated the ovaries to produce mature eggs, which in turn produced oestrogen and progesterone. After menopause, there are no more eggs to respond to these messengers so the pituitary gland tries to compensate by sending huge amounts of FSH and LH to awaken the dormant ovaries.

While these adjustments take place, some women suffer hot flushes, night sweats, mood swings, mild depression, insomnia, loss of confidence, reduced sex drive, weight gain and panic attacks.

And, yes some may find their short-term memory is letting them down. This does not need to be forever, not unless you allow the subconscious mind to think it is.

The subconscious has no sense of humour. Tell it often enough that the memory is failing it will eventually oblige and make sure it does just that.

Menopause is a normal human cycle: it is the end of the reproductions years but it is also the beginning of many years of empowerment and a new period of usefulness. It is a time when women can pass on the wisdom they have spent a lifetime learning and developing. Now they are matriarchs, leaders and advises of the family.

I liken the woman's life cycle to the cycle of the butterfly. The early years are like the caterpillar busily bearing children, attending to family and social matters, and pursuing careers, and then it is time to go into the cocoon rest up a bit. This period of change is only a short time, and then there emerges from the cocoon a beautiful butterfly.

It is only one opinion that, when the reproductive years are over, the bones crumble, you lose your marbles, your waistline and your sex appeal.

Be gentle with yourself while you are in the cocoon. If you can't recall something, give yourself time to bring it to mind. Remind yourself "I know this, it will come to me in a minute" and it will. Sounds too simple? Good. That's all the more reason to do it. What have you got to lose?

Menopause is not an illness. It is a time of change. Embrace it and know that soon you will move on to the next exciting phase of your life. Focus on the stories about women who study for degrees, travel the world or write books in their butterfly years. They are no different from the rest of us, except maybe in the belief they have in themselves.

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