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  Postmenopausal Syndrome
Postmenopausal Syndrome can occur between the ages of 44 and 55 and the standard definition is when menstrual periods have completely stopped for more than 12 months.

Postmenopausal syndrome can also be surgically induced by hysterectomy (surgical removal of the uterus) at any age and afterward you can no longer have children or menstrual periods. 

After menopause, every woman will be affected differently and they will be at higher risk for breast cancer, hair loss, post menopausal weight gain, wrinkly skin, urinary incontinence, low sex drive, cardiovascular disease, fibroids post menopause and osteoporosis.

At the same time, since there is no longer any ovulation, progesterone production drops to almost zero. After the body's progesterone declines to this "zero" level, the postmenopausal woman is open to a number of unhealthy symptoms and post menopausal hormone surges. For a woman concerned about post menopausal symptoms and estrogen production post menopause, her estrogen production drops to 40 or 60 percent of what it once was before menopause.

Progesterone and estrogen should balance each other in the healthy body to avoid hormonal imbalance. When both hormones - estrogen and progesterone - are balanced in your body, you become more energetic, optimistic, and disease free. The reason for signs and symptoms after you stop ovulating is more likely progesterone deficiency, not estrogen deficiency.

When women are diagnosed as being 'post menopausal', there is often the elated thought that all those hormone-related post menopause symptoms are going to stop, and that life can resume on an even keel. Unfortunately, this is not often the case! The more common experience is that hormone levels continue to flux, and different problems, perhaps brought on by the lack of estrogen, can start to occur.

Post Menopause Symptoms

  • Bleeding after menopause is one of the most worrisome problems, and should always be checked out by your doctor. Whilst it is often nothing to worry about, it can be a symptom of a serious health problem. This is simply a result of hormone fluctuations.
  • Hot flashes after menopause are not as common, as most women only have them for 2 months to 2 years.
  • A vaginal discharge after menopause can be an indicator that the vaginal wall is atrophying, due to the declining levels of estrogen. If this is the case, the discharge is thin and watery, and may be tinged with blood. Of course, there could be other reasons for a discharge.
  • Facial hair growth after menopause is a result of a change in the levels of estrogen and testosterone. Women also have testosterone, albeit in smaller amounts than men.
 

When experiencing post menopause symptoms, it can often seem like we will always be 'at the mercy' of our bodies. But it helps to know that there are many things we can do to minimize the impact of recalcitrant hormones. Nutrition and exercise play a pivotal role in the health of women after menopause, though it is often the case that we might prefer the solution was easier! But instead of feeling our bodies are in control, we can reassert control over ourselves with surprisingly effective results.

Reducing the severity of symptoms of menopause is possible through a healthy lifestyle. Getting plenty of rest and exercise is important or seeking alternative treatment may prove to be beneficial. Make smart food choices by eating low-fat, high-fiber, and plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Avoid caffeine, spicy foods, and practice relaxation techniques to help combat stress. Smoking can affect symptoms by aggravating other health risks such as blood pressure, cholesterol, and heart disease as well as speeding the aging process.

Some suggestions:

  • Take a good quality essential fatty acid supplement.
  • Take a calcium and magnesium formula that also contains vitamin D - Vitamin D helps with calcium absorption. Around 400 IU of vitamin D is suggested.
  • Get a good multivitamin.
  • Hormone therapy has mixed effects on quality of life among older women. The effects of hormone therapy depend on the presence of menopausal symptoms; women without flushing had greater declines in physical measures, while women with flushing had improvements in emotional measures of quality of life.
  • If you are going through menopause, as all women will once in their life, you may want to get some menopause medication . With the right medication, you will be able to find relief of your menopausal symptoms and live as normal a life as possible. If you are experiencing menopause just now, you will be given a pre menopausal medication, whereas if you have already gone through menopause and are looking to get relief of the symptoms of the phase that are still bothering you, you will have post menopausal medication.
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