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Mind, Body, Soul
The Big Change
By Mona Lease

Greetings, Gals!! Keep pushing for your goals and dreams. With each goal we realize - each dream we achieve...it causes a good change. I thought now was as good a time as any to submit to you readers some information about the "big change."

"A Guide to Menopause Symptoms..What Most Women Can Expect Excerpts
Growing older is simply a fact of life, and while greater wisdom often comes along with age, the gift of age also poses new challenges for many women.

Just as with most other things, knowing what's going on with your body can make it easier to prepare and adapt to the changes your body is going through.

Menopause occurs when a woman's ovaries no longer release eggs and her menstrual periods end. The phase that occurs directly beforehand is called perimenopause, a time when some women may notice symptoms similar to menopause.

Every woman's body is different, which means not all will experience symptoms in the same way.

The Menopause Cycle
What age will menopause start? When a woman approaches her late 30's, estrogen and reproductive hormones decline, which begin the process of menopause. The first phase is perimenopause. While the symptoms will likely begin in your late 40's or early 50's, there is no specific age when menopause should begin or end. Check with your Dr if you have questions.

Perimenopause
This is the first stage of menopause, often experienced 3-5 years before undergoing menopause. During menopause, hormones begin to drop, and periods become irregular.

Symptoms of this transition to menopause can include: Hot flashes, Elevated heart rate, Lower sex drive, Night sweats, Insomnia, Vaginal dryness or discomfort during sexual intercourse, Urinary issues, and Mood changes...irritability, depression, anxiety.

It's recommended that women eat healthy, get a good night's sleep, and stay active during this time.

Menopause
In the United States, the average age of women at the time of menopause is 51. Your Mother's age at this time will  help to predict your timeframe.

Symptoms and Treatment For Menopause
Symptoms associated with menopause can last a few years and most women make the transition in five years.

Hot flashes can cause anxiety and night sweats can cost you a good night's sleep. Mood swings and fuzzy thinking can take you off of your A-game in a hurry.

Weight gain and acne are connected to the onset of menopause.

The first priority should be a nutritious diet, daily exercise, and limited caffeine and alcohol consumption. Quitting smoking can reduce hot flashes.

Dressing in layers aids in the control of hot flashes as you can take off a layer when you feel a hot flash start. Eating foods rich in probiotics - like yogurt - can help improve production and regulation of insulin, which can help prevent weight gain." - Menopause Matters

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The best is yet to be!!     MONA


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