5 THINGS WOMEN SHOULD KNOW ABOUT MENOPAUSE
Menopause is that stage in a woman’s life where she stops seeing her monthly flow and it is considered a natural biological process, which usually occurs when a woman is in her 40’s or 50’s. Menopause happens because the woman’s ovaries have stopped producing hormones such as estrogen and progesterone which work together to promote the healthy development of female sex characteristics during puberty and to ensure fertility.
A woman can only confirm she has reached menopause if she has not had a period for a year.
Below are important things women approaching the menopause stage should know:
Because estrogen level drops during menopause you are more prone to sun damage and this is the major cause of fine lines and wrinkles. Try to use an SPF 30 facial cream or moisturizer to help with the sun damage.
Do you feel hot this minute and next minute you are really cold? This is called hot flashes and it is normal for you to experience them during menopause. Always try to avoid hot drinks, spicy foods, alcohol and stress because they are all common triggers.
Not to worry, having mini meltdowns are also normal during menopause because anxiety sets in. A way of containing this, can be trying out yoga, creating an interesting playlist on your phone, watch movies you love or visit sites that can guide you through relaxation. Another important point is trying out moderate exercises because it helps to reduce the level of stress chemicals like cortisol and adrenaline.
From research, about 60% of women experience insomnia during menopause; try to establish soothing bedtime habits like always taking your baths before going to bed and turning off T.V two hours before bedtime.
Menopause Leads to Bone Loss
Due to the loss of estrogen, the level of you getting osteoporosis increases and this is a massive problem amongst women with menopause. Osteoporosis is a silent and serious disease. Luckily it is preventable by Increasing the calcium in your diet, adding weight-bearing exercise to your routine, checking your vitamin D levels and finally asking your doctor to check your bone density.