Menopause. It’s more than just the end of menstruation. It is a significant time of passage—physically, mentally, and emotionally—that generally occurs for women between the ages of 45 and 55.
Physical indicators of menopause are: hot flashes, headaches, heart palpitations, fatigue, insomnia, gastric upset, and bone loss.
Mental/emotional symptoms are: mood swings, anxiety, depression, and decreased sex drive.
More than 30 million American women are menopausal or postmenopausal. And many of these women choose alternative therapies to help alleviate the symptoms of menopause, because of the potentially dangerous side effects of prescription Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT). In the new millennium, women not only have more control over balancing their changing hormonal levels, they have safe, natural alternatives to hormone therapy.
And best of all, menopause—a reduction in the body’s production of hormones like estrogen and progesterone that regulate the menstrual cycle—doesn’t have to result in suffering from a distressing array of symptoms. There are more ways than ever to minimize the effects of menopause and post-menopause on your body.
Tomorrow: a look at a few natural remedies.