Now… do we really hate menopause… somedays yes, somedays no.  In reality though, we recognize it is a natural part of life.  But, it doesn't make dealing with some of the symptoms any easier.  So, I would say no, we don't hate menopause, we just hate all the symptoms that can make some days a bit much to deal with. 

What is menopause?

Menopause is a normal change in a woman’s life when her period stops. That’s why some people call menopause “the change of life.” During menopause a woman’s body slowly makes less of the hormones estrogen and progesterone. This often happens between the ages of 45 and 55 years old. A woman has reached menopause when she has not had a period for 12 months in a row (and there are no other causes for this change).

 What is premature menopause?

Premature menopause is menopause that happens before the age of 40 — whether it is natural or induced. Some women have premature menopause because of:

  • family history (genes)
  • medical treatments, such as surgery to remove the ovaries
  • cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy or radiation to the pelvic area

Having premature menopause puts a woman at more risk for osteoporosis later in her life. It also may be a source of great distress, since many women younger than 40 still want to have children.

And then there's HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy)…

The truth begins to emerge about artificial hormone supplementation and cancer. The truth is finally starting to come out about hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and the use of estrogen** during menopause. As the science is showing, what women need to combat symptoms of menopause is good nutrition (superfoods, lots of B vitamins, and so on) and a healthy level of physical fitness, not an artificial hormone therapy protocol. This begs the question: with tens of millions of patients subjected to HRT over the last two decades, how could medicine have possible gone so wrong? If you find this article interesting, be sure to also read 'Hardening of the Arteries Shown to be Significantly Slowed by Diet and Exercise.'

But back to menopause…

What are the symptoms of menopause?

Every woman’s period will stop at menopause. Some women may not have any other symptoms. But, as you near menopause, you may have:

  • Changes in your period – the time between periods and the flow from month to month may be different.
  • Abnormal bleeding or “spotting" – common as you near menopause. But if your periods have stopped for 12 months in a row and you still have “spotting,” you should report this symptom to your doctor to rule out serious causes, such as cancer.
  • Hot flashes (“hot flushes”) – getting warm in the face, neck and chest.
  • Night sweats and sleeping problems – these may lead to feeling tired, stressed, or tense.
  • Vaginal changes – the vagina may become dry and thin, and sex and vaginal exams may be painful. You also might get more vaginal infections.
  • Thinning of your bones – this may lead to loss of height and bone breaks (osteoporosis).
  • Mood changes – such as mood swings, depression, and irritability.
  • Urinary problems – such as leaking, burning or pain when urinating, or leaking when sneezing, coughing, or laughing.
  • Problems with concentration or memory.
  • Less interest in sex and changes in sexual response.
  • Weight gain or increase in body fat around your waist.
  • Hair thinning or loss.