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Coping with Menopause

Menopause is one of the episodes in a woman’s life that brings with it a change in both personal and emotional outlook. It is a delicate period where all women pass through, and it needs better understanding to enable a woman to get past the episode with a light a spirit as possible. On the part of loved ones and family, their support is ever more needed at this particular point. Without any form of support a woman can latch herself onto, menopause may indeed become the dark uncertain tunnel that most people come to see it. 

What Menopause Is

The uncertainty of what menopause brings is typified best by the numerous definitions attached to the term. However diverse opinions are there is one definition that hold true and is accepted by all who holds conflicting views on what menopause is. As such, the commonly accepted definition is that menopause is the permanent cessation of menstruation. According to medical sources, menopause arrives on the first day after the woman’s last period. It is finally said as menopause if 12 months passes by with no menstrual flow at all. For lay people, however, menopause refers not to a day or to a specific period but to a span of time after the last period. When menopause arrives, a woman can no longer contemplate on the possibility of ever conceiving. 

Menopausal Effects on a Woman’s Health 

One of the hardest things to accept about menopause is that it brings along in its wake various effects that can be debilitating, depending on the support the woman is getting from family and friends. The most common effects of menopause on a woman’s body are the following:

1) Hot flashes including night sweats to most people, although some may experience cold flashes instead.

2) Onset of migraine. If one has migraine already, this is a period where attacks become frequent and the pain becomes more intense.

3) Shrinking and loss of elasticity in all genital areas.

4) Itching, dryness, bleeding, watery discharge, and urinary frequency.

5) Back, joint, and muscle pain, associated with the possible onset of osteoporosis

6) Mood disturbances, irritability, fatigue, depression, anxiety, and memory loss.

 The Importance of Proper Understanding of Menopause 

With the various effects menopause brings to a woman’s health, education on menopause is a very important aspect to enable a woman to get past the period. As such, the support of the husband or even the emotional uplift a woman can get from her children are all critical factors that will determine if a menopause is a scary period or if it is something that one may get past easily. 

Also, cultural influences and customs are deciding factors on how a woman will look at the period. In most instances, women arrive at their menopausal years with nary inkling on what to expect, even less on what to do when they arrive at the period. That is why education is a must to expand awareness on menopause.

About Author
Dr. James S. Pendergraft opened the Abortion Clinics in March 1996 to provide a full range of health care for women, including Second Abortion Clinic , Abortions By Pill, physical examinations, family planning, counseling, laboratory services.

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