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First Signs of Menopause You Should Know

July 4, 2013

That Forbidden “M” Word

Why do you want the air conditioner on when the rest of the household is in coats and sweaters? Why does your face resemble the ‘comedy’ and ‘tragedy’ masks because your moods change so abruptly? And, why do you go on crying jags for no reason? If you are a woman from 40 to 61 years of age, the answer is simple. You are experiencing the first signs of menopause.

There, it’s out. Take a deep breath. Believe it or not, menopause is not a death sentence nor does it mean you are no longer a complete woman; quite the contrary. It means you are moving into the next stage of womanhood. Think about the freedom that you will feel not to have to bother with monthly periods again. Many women feel even sexier after menopause for that very reason. You no longer have to worry about getting pregnant. Because of these reason, many women form an even closer connection to their husbands. You can also focus more attention on you now that you have raised the kids.

Beards, Mustaches, And Chest Hair

No, in spite of the myths you have heard, you will not be in danger of being mistaken for a Yeti and shot down. With certain hormone treatments, some (emphasis on ‘some’) women may experience very slight facial hair growth, but it is nothing a little waxing cannot take care of. It’s good to talk to and network with other women, but don’t take to heart everyone’s horror stories. You may experience some uncomfortable moments, but today we are able to address these issue far better than when your mom was going through “the change.” There are over-the-counter remedies as well as prescription medicines.  Each first signs of menopause case is as unique as the woman experiencing it.

“I’m Every Woman

So the song goes, and it is so true. Every woman, if she lives long enough, will experience the first signs of menopause. It is a normal part of life. Try some of the alternative treatments available, including herbal supplements to help with the first signs of menopause. Foods that you should include in your diet include grains, oats, wheat, brown rice, tofu, almonds, cashews, and fresh fruits and vegetables. Some symptoms you may experience are hot flashes, mood swings, irregular periods and fatigue, slight incontinence upon laughing or coughing, and difficulty concentrating. No two women will have the exact same symptoms, so try not to compare. You may breeze through the first signs of menopause, while someone else may have a more difficult time. Remember to have regular check-ups with your doctor.

Try to remember that this is not a curse, and it does not last forever.  There is no right or wrong way to get through menopause only your way, what is best for you. This is an opportunity to make adjustments to ensure the years to come are most enjoyable. You’ve earned it.

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