Menopause literally means last menstruation. It is normal for an aging woman. However, menopause is used to describe the stage in a woman’s life when the ovaries start to produce fewer eggs and hormones (progesterone and estrogen). Because of this reduction, the periods become irregular until it finally stops. When a woman has not had period for a year, menopause is said to be completed. With the average age for menopause being 52 years, menopause occurs between the ages of 45 to 55 years. But when a woman’s period stops before the age of 40, it is called premature menopause. Every woman is born with a particular number of eggs that are stored in the ovaries. The ovaries are also in charge of estrogen and progesterone, hormones that controls ovulation and menstruation. Menopause happens when the ovaries no longer release eggs. Menopause before the age of 40 is not normal and can be caused by chemotherapy, damages to the ovaries, or hysterectomy. Because the ovaries no longer produce estrogen, women are more likely to have heart diseases, poor muscle tone and power, more skin wrinkling, poor working bowel and bladder, osteoporosis, weak vision, and greater risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
Premenopause, Perimenopause, and Postmenopause
Premenopause is the first of the four stages in menopause. It is the stage when a woman enters her reproductive years and finishes it with the first signs that menopause is impending. The beginning of premenopause is sometimes identified with a woman’s first menstrual cycle. Premenopause manifests variably in the late 30s or early 40s with menopausal symptoms like mood swings and hot flashes.
A woman can enter the stage of perimenopause 8 to 10 years before menopause, a period when the ovaries gradually produce less estrogen. Although perimenopause usually start in a woman’s 40s, it can also start in their 30s. Perimenopause lasts up to the point when the ovaries stop releasing eggs (menopause). The drop in the level of estrogen generation drops rapidly in the last 1 to 2 years of perimenopause. Most women start to experience the symptoms of menopause at this stage. However, women still menstruate during this period and are still able to get pregnant.
Postmenopause is the years after menopause. At this phase, menopause symptoms like hot flashes start to leave some women. But because of lower estrogen level, postmenopausal women sometimes suffer health conditions like heart disease and osteoporosis. Healthy lifestyle and/or hormone therapy are capable of reducing the risk posed by postmenopause.
Major Differences between Perimenopause and Menopause
At the premenopause stage, the ovaries are still secreting progesterone and estrogen in fluctuating amounts. After menopause, this secretion stops completing. Resulting symptoms, menopausal, are worse during premenopause compared to after menopause. This is particularly so for hot flashes. While some of these symptoms continue after menopause, others leave with menstruation. A woman can still get pregnant and conceive at premenopause meaning contraception is a necessity if you don’t want to get pregnant.
Hormonal Changes during Menopause
The ovaries are the reproductive glands that stores and releases eggs into the fallopian tubes, as well as produce the female hormones (testosterone, progesterone, and estrogen). Estrogen and progesterone work together to control menstruation. Estrogen takes care of how a woman’s body makes use of calcium. It also maintains the body’s cholesterol level. As a woman edge closer to menopause, the ovaries start to run out of eggs and eventually stop releasing eggs into the fallopian tubes ending the woman’s menstrual cycle.
Influence of Mother’s Menopause on Daughter
Danish researchers, after analyzing data from 527 women between 20 and 40 years of age, found that women whose mothers had an early menopause had fewer eggs in their ovaries than women whose mothers had a late menopause. According to the study, fertility levels decreased faster in women whose mothers had an early menopause before age 45, compared to women whose mothers had a late menopause after age 55.
Cancer Treatments and Menopause
Chemotherapy is said to cause early menopause in women who are already close to their natural menopause. Cancer treatments often make use of hormonal therapy that blocks the effects of estrogen or reduces the level of estrogen in the body. These hormonal treatments can give rise to temporary menopause or make a woman experience menopausal symptoms. Sometimes, cancer treatment may require getting rid of a woman’s ovaries through surgery. Women sometimes have radiotherapy to the ovaries to stop them from working. This mostly causes permanent menopause. Also, chemotherapy sometimes delay menopausal symptoms for some years after the treatment.
Signs and Symptoms of Menopause
In most cases, the first sign of menopause is a change in bleeding patterns. Periods can turn heavier or lighter, shorter or longer, there may be occasional missed menstruations, and the time between menstruations may increase. Although these changes often occur gradually in some women, they can still be abrupt in other women. Menopause can also lead to psychological and physical changes in women. Some women become severe while some become mild. This change can last for few months or several years. On average, menopausal symptoms last for three to five years. Here are some physical signs and symptoms:
- Hot flushes. This occurs in about 60% of women
- Sweating at night
- Bladder control problems
- Body, bone, muscle, and joint pain
- Racing heart
- Unusual skin sensations
- Vaginal dryness
Psychological signs include:
- Mood swings
- Irregular or skipped periods
- Loss of libido
- Inability to concentrate
- Loss of confidence
- Mood swings
Diagnosis of Menopause
There is no test used to diagnose menopause, but signs and symptoms experienced are an indication of menopause. Menopause can only be confirmed after a woman has not menstruated for 12 months. At this stage, the blood is tested to see if the levels of Luteinizing Hormone and Follicle Stimulating Hormone are high. Also, heavier periods and absence of periods are an indication of different medical conditions. A woman that experiences bleeding after 12 months without menstruation should see a doctor as this is not considered normal.
Medical Treatment for Symptoms
Because menopause symptoms are mild, they can be easily managed without medication. However, treatments like clonidine, antidepressants, vaginal lubricants, Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), and tibolone will be considered when symptoms become severe. The type of treatment employed depends on symptoms, medical history, and personal preference.
- Homeopathy for Menopause
Homeopathy offers many natural treatments for menopause with some really remarkable in its relief of symptoms.
- Cimicfuga: This alleviates all symptoms of menopause including night sweats, warm ups, vaginal dryness, bleeding and changes in mood. It is particularly suitable for women with arthritic pain in the joints of hands, headaches on the right side of the head and neck and depression.
- Lachesis: This is good for women who have extreme flushing both day and night. The night heat can be worse than the daytime. Women who need Lachesis are often very verbal and can be negative with cruel and hurtful comments. These women are usually warm and may crave alcohol.
- Sepia: It is a natural treatment of menopause symptoms for many. Women who need Sepia can be cold all the time except when they have hot flashes. They can easily mourn and wish strenuous exercise or activities that often alleviate symptoms temporarily. Sepia offers relief for sadness, indifference, mood swings, vaginal dryness and painful intercourse.
- Ginseng: It has been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years for many health diseases including treatment of menopause. It is especially useful for maintaining healthy vaginal walls flexible and avoiding drying, breakage and pain. Ginseng helps relieve insomnia, mood swings and warm-ups.
The use of plants for medicinal purposes has spread in recent years as a remedy for the symptoms of menopause. Usually, they are used to treat digestive problems and emotional changes. As for bone problems, such as the onset of osteoporosis, black cohosh plays a positive role on bone metabolism. For hot flashes, wild Nyam or Angelica sinensis can be used, and for night sweats, salvia, red clover or witch hazel should be consumed more often. Gastrointestinal problems such as constipation can be alleviated with the introduction of vegetables, flax oil and infusions of chamomile, lemongrass and oregano in meals. Herbal medicine is also effective when treating mood swings and anxiety. Infusions of hops and lavender shortbread or consumption of valerian are the most recommended natural therapies.
- Vitamins and minerals
Certain vitamins and minerals can provide particular benefits for menopausal women. These include vitamin E, to help reduce hot flashes and night sweats; calcium; magnesium, essential to help with calcium absorption; vitamin C, which helps absorption of vitamin E and decreases capillary fragility.
- Hormone replacement therapy (HRT)
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is as its name suggests, additional taking of a number of hormones chemical during menopause. The medication can be taken in the form of tablets, patches or creams. Although hormone therapy that is widely used in women with symptoms moderate or severe during menopause, it is important to consider that when this is not the case and we are not yet in menopause, we must know their risks. It remains a fact that hormone therapy remains a hotly debated topic. However women that have experience of the following may not be suitable:
- Think they might be pregnant
- Have problems with vaginal bleeding
- Suffered from certain cancers
- Suffered a stroke or a heart attack
- Had blood clots
- Had liver disease.
We’re all aware that cigarettes are severely damaging to our health. When tobacco burns, more than 7000 harmful chemicals are released, 69 of which are known to cause cancer. The list of harmful effects of smoking should be enough to make you quit instantly: premature aging, gum and tooth problems, Bronchitis, Heart Disease and Cancer. Plus, what about those less destructive but annoying side effects, such as needing constant cigarette breaks, bad breath and your hair and clothes smelling of smoke.
So why don’t you just stop smoking? Engaging in such a malignant habit that will eventually lead to severe health problems or even death, is surely insanity. However, those that have tried to quit before, will know of the tremendous difficulty in doing so. If you’ve been unsuccessful in past attempts, hypnosis could offer a way to become a non-smoker for life.
Why use hypnosis to stop smoking?
Lasting change – A study involving 43 smokers undergoing hypnosis to quit smoking, reported that 39 of the participants remained cigarette free for periods of 6 months to 3 years after undergoing treatment. This represents a 90.6% success rate!
Twice as likely to quit – Another case with 71 participants found that after a 2 year period, those that quit smoking with hypnosis were twice as successful as those that try to quit on their own.
High success rate – A larger study involving 93 male and 93 female patients who all underwent hypnosis, revealed the high success rate of this treatment. After a 3 month follow up, a whopping 86% of men and 87% of woman remained smoke-free.
What is Kicking The Butt?
Kicking The Butt is a 5 session hypnosis download that allows you to quit smoking at your own pace. Each session lasts 20-25 minutes and works to tap into your unhelpful and subconscious desire to smoke, break the habitual patterns and leave you permanently smoke-free and embracing a new, healthier you.
6 Reasons to Choose Kicking The Butt
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There are many reasons to quit smoking: improved health, more cash or just to prove to yourself that your life isn’t ruled by little white sticks. Quitting smoking on your own is difficult and requires incredible willpower. However, it doesn’t have to be that hard. The statistics show that you greatly improve your chances of quitting smoking for good using hypnosis, more so than any other method such as patches, gum etc. Kicking The Butt is a proven self-hypnosis program that is effective in achieving long term results and can make quitting smoking easy for you. If you are interested in using hypnotherapy to stop smoking, you can find out more information here.
Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) is the way we communicate with ourselves. Neuro means “of the mind”. Linguistic is the study of language. Therefore NLP simply means that we can program the language of our mind.
Using NLP we can influence our brain behaviour through the use of language and other types of communication to enable ourself to “recode” the way our brain responds to stimuli and create new, better behaviours for ourselves.
NLP often incorporates hypnosis and self-hypnosis to help achieve the change that is desired.
The idea is to create successful patterns of behaviour including patterns of thought that provide us with an ideal way to live. By using NLP we become self-aware of our limiting patterns and change these unhelpful patterns of mental and emotional behaviour.
To explain this further, we are all made up of a neurology that conveys information about our environment to our central nervous systems and brain. Since we are also intelligent creatures, we translate these perceptions in our brains into meanings, beliefs and expectations. As we grow from a baby into an adult, we have millions and millions of life experiences that, based on our individual neurology, we have made “our own sense of”. We have filed these experiences and our reactions away so as when a similar event arises again we “know” how to react to it. In doing this we have filtered, distorted and magnified the input we got from our environment and so it now matches the elaborate program we evolve to explain our life experience. We call this our unique “map” of our reality. Every person has their own “map of their world” based on their previous life experiences. This is the reason why 2 people can be present at exactly the same “event” and yet have different feelings about it, thoughts about it and even recollection of it.
Those memories of our life experiences are stored as sequences and montages of visual, auditory, kinesthetic, olfactory and gustatory representations. These are known as submodalities. NLP adjusts the submodalities that can have the effect of defusing an overwhelming challenge or obstacle, increasing the pleasure, comfort and value.
NLP is often used by top people in different fields to obtain outstanding results. The communication skills learned through NLP can help anyone improve their effectiveness both personally and professionally.
Utilising NLP with hypnosis enables changes that are much richer and more effective. Generally speaking, NLP combined with hypnosis offers clients faster results.