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Menopause Explained

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Friday, 24 Oct 2014 04:47 PM Current | Bio | Archive

When you entered puberty three to four decades ago, your sex hormones — estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone — woke up. You got your period after your breasts started growing, your pubic and armpit hair grew, and you turned into a woman, at least physically. Your sex drive woke up and with it the desire to not just have sex, but also to bear and raise children. It’s our mandate, and without hormones and youth, we cannot do it.
 
Once that part of our physiologic mission is done and our kids are ready to take off on their own life journey, Mother Nature has to get rid of us. She does this simply by taking out the hormones that defined us for three decades. We stop ovulating, our ovaries start to shrink, and we stop producing estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone.
 
The result is a menopausal woman with bones that will start thinning, a heart that will start weakening, a brain that will get foggy, and joints that will start creaking without the support of those wonderful hormones that protected us during our youth.
 
Many of us know the initial symptoms of menopause all too well: hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, loss of libido, weight gain, depression, mood swings, irritability, vaginal dryness, inability to concentrate and make decisions, feeling overwhelmed, itchy skin, allergies, digestive problems, and palpitations.
 
No, you don’t need a physical to rule out some strange disease. You need to understand that this is the time to take control of your life and prevent aging from robbing you of your youth, health, and joie de vivre.

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