Menopause- the word throws up a range of emotions in women. Originally a French term, with roots in Greek, menopause is a compound word made up of ‘meno’ which means month and ‘pauses’ which means cessation in Greek.
Denoting the end of fertility with the permanent stopping of monthly menstruation, menopause usually takes place between the ages of 49 and 52 years. A marked decrease of estradiol and progesterone production by the ovaries results in menopause.
Early menopause is characterized by regular menstrual cycles, but with the interval between cycles increasing. It is at this time that hormone levels start fluctuating. Since menopause is characterized by low levels of reproductive hormones like estrogen, it brings forth a range of associated symptoms. All women may not undergo all the symptoms of menopause. The diagnosis of menopause is usually made in retrospect when a woman has not had her monthly cycles for at least a year.
Symptoms of Menopause
Irregular Periods: This is often the first symptom of impending menopause. While some women experience prolonged periods, others may not have the monthly cycle for many months.
Low Fertility: Between 3 and 5 years before menopause, a woman’s fertility levels begin to fall. Reduced estrogen levels during the perimenopausal stage reduce the chances of pregnancy.
Changes in the Vagina: During perimenopause women might experience dryness, itching and discomfort in the vagina. Sexual intercourse is painful, a condition known as dyspareunia. Vaginal atrophy or inflammation of the vagina because of decreased lubrication and thinning of tissues is also common.
Urinary Problems: The changes in the vagina are further complicated by a woman being more susceptible to Urinary Tract Infections during menopause.
Hot Flashes: Sudden discomfort characterised by feeling heat in parts of the upper body, mainly the chest, neck and face is the primary sign of hot flashes. Usually accompanied by sweating, red patches and irregular heartbeats, hot flashes are not only experienced by the woman undergoing it, but are also visible to others.
Night Sweats: When one experiences hot flashes during sleep at night, they are termed as night sweats. These usually do not last for more than a couple of minutes.
Change in Sleep Patterns: Erratic hormonal levels and the associated symptoms results in disturbed sleep patterns for many women. Apart from night sweats, insomnia and anxiety about the physical changes might lead to disturbances in the sleep pattern.
Emotional and Psychological Aspects: The hormonal upheavals taking place in a woman’s body during menopause can have an emotional and psychological effect. Many women experience mood swings and depression. In addition many women complain of low libido. All these problems find expression in conjunction with disturbed sleep patterns.
Cosmetic Changes: Appearance of wrinkles and thinning hair are the most evident cosmetic changes that a woman experiences during menopause. Many women also report weight gain during this period.
So, How Does One Deal With So Many Major Changes In The Body?
The first thing to remember is that menopause is a condition and not a disease.
Secondly, ALL women will undergo menopause at some point of time or other during their lives.
Having said that, an awareness of the changes that the body will undergo, an understanding of the demands of work and family, and having an almost fool proof coping mechanism in place before perimenopause will help one deal with the massive changes.
Opting for a holistic lifestyle supported by organic products and nutritious diet is the first major step in this direction.
The humble turmeric, a staple in almost all Indian homes has been found to be effective in combating many symptoms of menopause. Retaining the curative properties of turmeric which have been sourced from organic farms and making it available to the modern woman is Menoeze, Bagdara Farms gift to women dealing with menopause.
Curcumin along with turmerone has been found to be effective in combating the depleting resources of estrogen in a woman’s body during menopause. Curcumin rich Menoeze is also an analgesic, reducing aches and pains as well as rich in anti-oxidants to help reduce hot flashes.
The anti-bacterial properties of turmeric are well documented. These properties in curcumin and turmerone enriched Menoeze helps reduce UTIs as well as associated vaginal symptoms and infections.
Also, the two wonder nutrients turmerone and curcumin working together also aid in fat loss, thus combating weight gain, a symptom associated with menopause.