Sunday, September 18, 2011

September: National Menopause Awareness Month

Did you know that September is National Menopause Awareness Month?  October 18 is the designated as World Menopause Day by the World Health Organization (WHO). Maybe some of you may have already reached menopause, and the others may be wondering what some of the signs of menopause are and seeking advice for staying healthy during and after menopause.

Menopause is the end of a woman’s fertility, and the average age of menopause is 51 years old. Menopause is defined as the final menstrual period, and confirmed after missing 12 periods in a row. There are some short term symptoms such as hot flashes, low sexual desire, sleeplessness and moodiness, and some long term health issues like osteoporosis and weight gain. Hot flashes can definitely cause stress and are a nuisance to your daily routine, but those symptoms will pass. However, severe health issues like osteoporosis are not just short term, and may become a life changing event.

Consult your physician on other activities which will reduce the effects of menopause on your body. Although we can’t stop our biological clock, we can understand how our bodies work, and do things to mitigate the effects of aging so we can live full and active lives as we enter our golden years.

This post is brought to you by You can check out their website for articles about menopause and women's health.  Please be informed that I am not affiliated with them but I did learn more about menopause by browsing through their site. It's something to be prepared of when I reach that stage.

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