Robina 7 Day Doctors and Acupuncture recommends this video on Menopause:
Menopause, also known as ‘the change of life’, marks the end of the monthly cycle of menstruation in a woman’s life. It is a natural occurrence and marks the end of the reproductive years, just as the first menstrual period during puberty marked the start. You will know that the menopause has taken place if you have not had any bleeding for 12 months.
Most women reach menopause between the ages of 45 and 55, the average being around 51.
Some of the symptoms that women may experience include:
Hot flushes, night sweats
Aches and pains
Crawling or itching sensations under the skin
Lack of self-esteem
Reduced sex drive (libido)
Tiredness, difficulty sleeping – wakefulness or waking hot and sweaty
Discomfort with sexual intercourse.
Suggestions for managing menopause symptoms through diet include:
Choose a wide variety of foods, including plenty of fresh vegetables, fruits, cereals, whole grains and small portions of lean meat, fish or chicken.
Increase fluids and eat low-fat dairy foods with high calcium content.
Decrease caffeine and limit alcohol.
Regular exercise is important. At least 30–45 minutes on most days of the week will:
Maintain your heart health and improve your general health
Keep your bones healthy and prevent bone density loss through osteoporosis
Help maintain good balance and reduce the risk of injury from falls
Provide a feeling of relaxation and wellbeing
Possibly help improve hot flushes.
Some women experience mood changes such as mild depression and irritability. These symptoms are often related to physical changes such as hot flushes, night sweats and poor sleeping. It’s important to keep a positive outlook. Consult with your health practitioner or a psychologist if you are experiencing any significant or persistent changes in mood
Hormone replacement therapy ((also known as HRT or hormone therapy) effectively reduces many of the unpleasant effects of symptoms of the menopause and may be appropriate for short-term use in women with moderate to severe menopausal symptoms. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of hormone therapy with your doctor.