September is National Menopause Awareness Month. In 2004, the FDA originally initiated this nationwide campaign in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Health and Human Services. The goal was to raise awareness about the resources available to the millions of women going through menopause, and to provide helpful information regarding the benefits and the risks of hormone therapy. Since that time, this effort continues to serve as an educational resource for women experiencing menopause, highlighting treatments available, and helping them to make informed decisions regarding their health. For more information, please go to http://www.ageology.com/happy-menopause-awareness-month/
Menopause – almost every women goes through it! But don’t despair, there are ways to help manage the causes and symptoms.
Common menopausal symptoms include:
- hot flashes
- dry vagina
- frequent urinary tract infections
- cold hands and feet
- inability to concentrate
Ways to manage symptoms of menopause:
- Salivary hormone panel and blood work: cholesterol, complete blood count, chemistry panel, thyroid panel
- Increase consumption of organic vegetables and hormone supporting foods: fennel, celery, parsley, nuts, alfalfa, soy, and apples.
- Eat healthy fats: avocado, olive oil, coconut oils
- Bio-identical hormone therapy – these hormones are better than synthetic hormones because they mimic your body’s version of that particular hormone very closely
- A routine exercise program 30 minutes at least three times a week to manage stress
- Herbal support (DO NOT TAKE ANY OF THESE WITHOUT THE ADVICE OF YOUR MEDICAL PRACTITIONER):
- Vitex for hot flashes
- Angelica for FSH/LH regulation
- Licorice root for PMS and progesterone support
- Vitamin C and E – help to reduce the occurrence of hot flashes
And on a more personal note, since there are several members of our Rejuvena staff that are of a “certain age” and have experienced menopausal symptoms firsthand, this poem is for you and all the millions of women worldwide who can appreciate its humor and insight.
The Daze of Change
By Linda Ann Nickerson
Phone call, brick wall,
Pitfall, curtain call,
Days stall, notes scrawl.
Man, I’ve gotta do it all!
Walking numbly to my car
I think I left the door ajar.
The fog has wrapped around my head,
And I feel nothing. Am I dead?
My heart is racing, every beat;
Did someone just turn up the heat?
Then suddenly, I’m feeling freezing;
Grab my brain. I think it’s seizing.
Did I forget to punch the clock,
Unplug the iron, match my socks?
What happened to my ready mind,
Or have I left it all behind?
I lost my sense to no just cause;
Just rack it up to menopause.
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