Menopause

Written by Norene Anderson
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Menopause is a dreaded phase of life that millions of women are enduring and thousands enter into every year. There are two types of menopause. One type of menopause is natural and generally begins with subtle signs that may not be recognized as the initial menopause phase. The other type of menopause is surgically induced. When the ovaries are removed before menopause is complete, it throws the body into an immediate, full-blown menopause.

The most obvious symptoms are hot flashes, mood swings, vaginal dryness, fatigue, weight gain, and changes in the hair and skin. When these symptoms occur, most women seek for some type of intervention. Some women have minimal symptoms while others have them all in force. With natural menopause, symptoms usually begin slowly; however, surgical menopause begins all at once.

Menopause Is Here

Changes in the hormonal level in a woman occur at three basic levels. The initial phase is during adolescence when the ovaries become active and produce hormones introducing menstruation. The next phase is the fertile time lasting from early teens to about age 40. Following this is the menopausal phase where the hormone level tapers off to the point that menses stops.

One of the major concerns associated with menopause is osteoporosis. Loss of bone mass results in thousands of injuries every year. Hip fractures are a common occurrence in older women. It is important to take the appropriate amount of calcium to counteract the aging impact resulting in the hormonal changes in the body. Your physician can do a simple test to determine your risk for bone loss and if a supplement is indicated.


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