How long does menopause last?
It lasts approximately 10 years according to doctors. It's
another part of a woman's life where she ceases to have menstrual
periods and will never be able to have children. Women can suffer
from mood swings, depression, hot/cold flashes, lethargy, sore
breasts, weight gain or sometimes weight loss along with low
Menopause is nothing to fear and it's no different than starting
your periods, getting pregnant, and now you are simply into a
different phase of your life. A good healthy diet, those 8 - 8
ounce glasses of water per day and exercise is a must! Yoga and
other relaxing techniques also help a great deal. Hot flashes ....
put a cold cloth on the back of your neck, or run the under-sides
of your wrists under cold water. Works every time. If a woman is
moody and depressed constantly it's better to be treated with
antidepressants than HRT. HRT should be used as a last resort.
- Women are also between a rock and a hard place. Hormone
Replacement is the only answer from most doctors, but I went
through it naturally with a good diet and could put up with some of
my symptoms. I also took Tai Chi and worked out. Hormone
Replacement is related to breast cancer, stroke, heart attacks, no
correlation for not getting Osteoporosis and can cause blood clots
in especially the legs. If some women are having a very rough time
then short-term Hormone Replacement can be effective. Long term is
simply a no-no.
- I was discussing Menopause with a nurse and told her that I
felt Menopause just didn't last 10 years and that the symptoms just
lessened and how could doctors (mostly male) derive that a woman
was only in Menopause for 10 years when she would never have
periods again. She was interested because she was doing a study on
this very thing and agreed with me.
- Ask your question and learn about the transformation going on
in your body and you'll be less perplexed and fearful of the
changes going on in your body. Don't keep it a secret and share
your knowledge with your husband (I did.) I find this a time of my
life where I am free to do the many things I always wanted to do
and I'm writing a book and hope to have it published. I'm
considered a good artist and I love to garden and go fishing. I'm
enjoying life, but of course, like anyone else I have my bad days
and that's normal.