Run For Your Life – I’ve Gone Menopausal

Menopause, does that word elicit worrisome thoughts?  Considering some of the terminology used in the past like “the change of life” it does sound a bit evil, but it is a natural part of aging.  As a woman, you progress through many phases during your reproductive life, and menopause is an entirely expected, normal process.  Hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, depression, irritability, headaches, and low sex drive are some of the common symptoms of menopause.  Every woman can discover all natural ways to get complete relief from the onset of menopausal discomforts.

Both progesterone and estrogen are vital to the life and well being of every woman.  These hormones are produced primarily in the ovaries, beginning at puberty and continuing, in the case of estrogen, for the rest of her life.  The two hormones exist in a delicate balance and variations in that balance can have a dramatic effect on a woman’s health.

Estrogen is of primary importance in the female life cycle.  The amount of estrogen circulating in the body, its ratio to the other hormones, and its rate of change and decline prior to the onset of menopause all have effects on physical health and emotional outlook.  Estrogen acts directly on the uterus, and influences other organs and tissues such as the vulva, breasts, bones, hair, skin, heart, and central nervous system.  As the level of estrogen decreases, substantial changes occur in the appearance and function of all these organs.  This is not to say that every menopausal symptom is related to declining hormones, some are the natural results of aging.

Progesterone is involved in regulating the menstrual cycle and reproductive function, this hormone is mainly secreted by the ovary during the second half of the menstrual cycle.  The drop in progesterone near the end of the cycle is what starts menstruation.  Progesterone has several metabolic functions in the body before and after menopause, which include mood regulation, circulation, blood-sugar balance, water retention, bone growth, libido, and thyroid and adrenal function.  Several hormones, such as estrogen, testosterone, cortisol, and aldosterone, are formed from progesterone.  One of its main functions is to maintain balance with estrogen so as to prevent dominance and thus side effects such as PMS, breast cancer, and so on.

Considering that in the United States more than 40 million women are postmenopausal and another million plus will join them each year, you are not alone in facing these changes.  You will experience this time in your own unique way, and hopefully, you will consider how this transition can be a time to flourish and an opportunity to improve your health and fitness.