Let's Talk about Menopause during World Menopause Awareness Month
October is World Menopause Awareness Month which began in 2009 with the International Menopause Society (IMS), in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO). Additionally, October 18 is celebrated as World Menopause Awareness Day. The purpose of the day is to raise awareness of menopause and the support options that are available to women.
Menopause is the period when a woman does not have her period for 12 consecutive months, which usually occurs in her 50s. During menopause and after menopause a woman naturally loses estrogen, which is often the big culprit behind many of the symptoms that women experience.
Common menopausal symptoms are more than hot flashes and night sweats; there are actually more than 30 symptoms (e,g. joint pain, brain fog, range of emotions such as anxiety, depression, mood swings). The more we talk about them the more likely women will get the help they may need.
Not every woman will require hormone replacement therapy or medications. Some women simply need lifestyle changes, a better diet, more exercise, selfcare and effectively manage their stress. Other natural solutions that can also be helpful include essential oils, herbs and supplements. My mission is to help educate women and let them know that there are solutions that can help to alleviate or reduce their symptoms.
According to nationaltoday.com, here are a few ways to observe World Menopause Awareness Month:
Pause to reflect on the liberating aspects of menopause
Use the newfound independence if you are an empty nester to pursue the passions and projects you’ve put aside until now. Put the focus back on yourself and what makes you happiest.
Share information openly Sarting a frank discussion about menopause helps clarify and demystify it. Use your experience to help others be better informed and approach the process with less anxiety.
Add exercise to your daily regimen Studies show exercise does wonders for reducing any bothersome menopausal symptoms. For instance, yoga can help manage hot flashes. Do
All month long I will be doing my part to continue to raise awareness of menopause and how we can support the women in our lives.
In Good Health,
DISCLAIMER: This information is not intended to provide medical advice. The purpose is to provide education and broader understanding to my readers. Always seek the advice of your qualified healthcare provider before making any dietary or lifestyle changes. I do not recommend or prescribe, or recommend changing dosage or discontinuing, any prescription medications or pharmaceutical drugs.
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