What EVERY Woman Needs to Know About Menopause (By Deon Hall Garriques)
October is World Menopause Awareness Month and October 18 is World Menopause Awareness Day, which has been celebrated since 2009 to raise awareness and provide education, information, and support to women to improve their overall health and wellbeing.
The theme for this year is cardiovascular disease because there are so many hormonal changes associated with menopause that can have wide-ranging impacts on cardiovascular health.
Watch this short video where I summarize this blog.
As a wellness coach, I work with a lot of menopausal women to support them through the ebbs and flow of menopause, and their symptoms can range from mild to severe.
I will be celebrating World Menopause Awareness Month by providing information, tips, hacks, and resources to help you smoothly navigate and manage your own menopause journey. My hope is to provide knowledge and education to as many women as possible.
Every woman needs to know the following:
Many women enter menopause unprepared, not knowing what to expect because they were never taught.
The menopausal period includes both perimenopause and postmenopause.
The first sign of perimenopause is often changes in your period.
Most women will experience natural menopause, but some women may experience early menopause induced by surgery, also called surgical menopause (e.g., hysterectomy, removal of your ovaries), which causes various hormonal changes.
Menopause is a normal part of the aging process which occurs when a woman has not had her period for 12 consecutive months, which signifies permanent infertility or the end of the reproductive years.
The functions of the ovaries decline.
During menopause, there is a natural decline in hormones (e.g., estrogen and progesterone), which usually starts in the late 30s resulting in changes in the menstrual cycle and could lead to different symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, and sleep disturbances. that may vary from woman to woman ranging from mild to problematic.
Menopause usually occurs between the ages of 45 and 55 but could vary; the average age in the US is 51.
Black women experience hot flashes for an average of 10 years; Latina women for an average of 8.9 years; and white women for an average of 6.5 years.
Facts and Stats
In the U.S., an estimated 6,000 women daily and more than 2 million women yearly reach menopause.
According to the National Institute on Health, during menopause, women experience an increased rate of bone loss of 3% to 5% per year for 5 to 7 years.
Various treatment options are available to help women manage their symptoms (natural and/or medical).
I will be going into more detail about natural and medical treatments available to help women through this phase. Be on the lookout.
In Good Health,
DISCLAIMER: This information is not intended to provide medical advice. The purpose is to provide education and a 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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