Our expert says:
Menopause is when a woman's monthly menstrual periods and ovulation eventually come to an end. It also signals other changes to the body and mind, brought on in part because the body begins producing smaller amounts of the hormones estrogen and progesterone (among others). The menopausal period is different for each individual woman. Menopause typically occurs between the ages of 45 and 55.
Menopause is not a disease. It is a natural process in a woman's life. How a woman views this time of her life can have a lot to do with how frequent and severe her symptoms are. If menopause is viewed as the end of youth and sexuality, this time will be much more difficult than if it is viewed as the next, natural phase of life. With a proper diet, nutritional supplements, and exercise, most of the unpleasant side effects of menopause can be minimized, if not eliminated.
There are several natural alternatives and your pharmacist would be a good person to discuss this with. Continued calcium intake is also necessary as calcium not only strengthens the bone structure, but is utilised in our daily metabolism. A supplement is fine, but vegetables, fruit etc all contain calcium. It is said that the "greener" the vegetable, the higher in calcium content. Example - Broccoli . A healthy lifestyle can only be beneficial.
Thus - please look forward to this next great phase in your life - and enjoy it!!
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