Menopause is a natural event in women's lives that normally occurs between the ages of 45 and 55. It is the transition period in a woman's life when her ovaries stop producing eggs, her body produces less estrogen and progesterone, and menstruation becomes less frequent, eventually stopping altogether. As the ovaries become less functional, they produce less estrogen and progesterone and the body responds with an array of symptoms that can last from one to two years before menstruation ends completely. A gradual decrease of estrogen generally allows your body to slowly adjust to the hormonal changes. When estrogen drops suddenly, as is seen when the ovaries are removed surgically, symptoms can be more severe. Specific menopause symptoms and their severity vary from woman to woman.
Some of the potential symptoms of menopause include hot flashes and skin flushing, night sweats, insomnia, mood swings including irritability, depression and anxiety. In addition, the long-term effects of menopause may include the potential loss of bone density and changes in cholesterol levels, which may increase the risk of heart disease. Blood and urine tests can be used to measure hormone levels that may indicate when a woman is close to, or has already gone through, menopause.
Menopause is a natural process. It does not require treatment unless the menopause symptoms are particularly bothersome. One big decision you may face is whether or not to take hormones to relieve your symptoms. Discuss this thoroughly with your doctor, weighing your risks against any possible benefits. Pay careful attention to the many options currently available to you that do not involve taking hormones.
For severe symptoms of menopause, your doctor may prescribe medication. You should be aware of the side effects of any medicine. There are some natural supplements—one of which is Natur-Leaf ®—that may help reduce menopause symptoms. In a recent clinical study of Menopausal syndrome, more than 1 out of 3 women taking Natur-Leaf ® showed symptomatic relief. Natur-Leaf ® is a natural product composed of a proprietary phytonutrients blend composed of sprouts, wild African potato root and tree bark (Pygeum africanum) imported from South Africa. Click here for more information about sterols, sitosterolins, and beta sitosterols.
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