October 18th is World Menopause Day
The International Menopause Society, in collaboration with the World Health Organization, has designated October 18th as World Menopause Day.
There is such a lot of information available to women these days. Sometimes, there is almost too much and some of it makes for worrying reading. Many women will not suffer at all or indeed transit this time with few concerns or problems. Some may struggle. To summarize:
- It is not an illness. It is a natural phase in a woman’s life which is brought on by the changes in reproductive hormones
- Most women go through menopause naturally but for some it is the result of illness or medical treatment such as hysterectomy or hormone treatment for breast cancer
- The average age of menopause (that is the date when they have their last menstrual period) in the UK is 52 (51 in the USA).
- That age has not changed much in hundreds of years despite changes in lifestyle and diet
- Every woman’s experience of menopause is individual.
- It is partly the result of genes but also diet, exercise and lifestyle.
- Some men experience a form of menopause called ‘andropause’ as their hormone levels change with age.
- Hot flushes
- Night sweats
- Weight gain
- Mood swings
- Loss of bone density
- Headaches and migraines
- Poor or interrupted sleep
- Breast tenderness
- Abdominal bloating
While it is normal to experience these symptoms you should see your doctor if any of them are causing you great discomfort.
Many women find that making simple diet and lifestyle changes relieve their symptoms. But if your menopausal symptoms are more severe and interfere with your day-to-day life, treatment may be recommended.
However, for many women the symptoms are extreme and can have a devastating impact on their lives. In an article in the Daily Mail, Dr Annie Evans, a menopause specialist at Nuffield Health’s hospital in Bristol, said: ‘Many feel anxious, confused, depressed and exhausted to the point where they are struggling to cope with daily routines.’
Read this article and about the importance of HRT by clicking HERE
If you are having any concerns at all, you must seek advice or help. My book, albeit amusing, points you in the right direction for help, self help and advice, and on this blog you will also find an A-Z to assist.
World Menopause Day is an opportunity to help women all over the world. Many are still not seeking help when they should. The menopause should not be feared but we should, like a good Girl Guide, ‘Be prepared.’