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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Menopause!

Menopause is the point in a woman's life when she has not had a menstrual period for 1 year. Menopause marks the end of the childbearing years. It is sometimes called “the change of life.”

Cause of Menopause

Normal changes in your reproductive and hormone systems cause menopause. As your egg supply ages, your body begins to ovulate less often. During this time, your hormone levels go up and down unevenly (fluctuate), causing changes in your periods and other symptoms. In time, estrogen and progesterone levels drop enough that the menstrual cycle stops.


Common Symptoms:

1. Irregular periods- Some women have light periods. Others have heavy bleeding. Your menstrual cycle may be longer or shorter, or you may skip periods.
2. Hot flashes
3. Trouble sleeping (insomnia)
4. Emotional changes-Some women have mood swings or feel grouchy, depressed, or worried.
5. Headaches
6. Feeling that your heart is beating too fast or unevenly (palpitations).
7. Problems with remembering or thinking clearly.
8. Vaginal dryness

I have read this article at msn website.

Geraldine

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