Menopause is considered as a big milestone in a woman’s life. This natural process marks the end of reproductive years. Menopause usually occurs between the age of 45-55 years. But nowadays women are facing menopause at the age as early as 40 called as ‘premature menopause’ and menopause before the age of 45 is called as ‘early menopause’.

It is not very difficult to understand the early signs. You may experience hot flushes, reduced libido, night sweats, irritability, tiredness, breast tenderness, mood swings, vaginal dryness, urinary incontinence, aches and pains. This is due to hormonal fluctuations. But the major health concern that occurs with it is occurrence of osteoporosis and increased risk of heart disease. If you have a family history for heart disease, this is a major health concern.

Menopause is inevitable. It is better to be mentally prepared for it and adapt a healthy approach to manage the symptoms. You should maintain a healthy and balanced diet with decrease in caffeine and alcohol intake. Some women face irritability and mild depression. Try to overcome it as this is just a phase of life. If the symptoms persist longer than 2 weeks then talk to your doctor or psychiatrist.

Women with menopause are unsure of their health and they feel that they are losing control of their bodies. Exercising is an extremely a great way to regain some of the control. Regularly exercise at home for 30-45 minutes. This will help in improvement of general health, bone and heart health. It gives feeling of relaxation and well-being along with possibility to improve hot flushes. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, women younger than 65 should spend at least 150 minutes a week on moderate-intensity aerobic exercises like walking, dancing and cycling.

It is unpredictable when the menopause symptoms begin and stop. But learning to cope with symptoms is totally in your hand. With a positive outlook and support, you can begin the next phase of your life pretty comfortably. Read More