Is Menopause Right Around the Corner? (Infographic)
While menopause is inevitable for all women and can cause some uncomfortable changes in one’s body, many of the symptoms can be abated or handled with simple holistic practices. While the average age of a woman experiencing menopause ranges from around late 40s to early 50s, it can truly vary wildly from woman to woman – there are a few cases of women experiencing menstruation well into their late 50s, which is uncommon but not completely unheard of.
However, a woman is considered as entering menopause officially once they have not experienced a single menstrual cycle in an entire year.
While the symptoms you may experience during menopause are thought to be genetic (for example, you may have the same hot flashes or mood variations as your mother did when she entered menopause), it is not a guarantee that you will share the same exact signs as your family. Other symptoms include experiencing sleeping problems, night sweats, a notably decreased metabolism speed, or even noticeable weight gain.
There are a number of ways you can alleviate your menopause symptoms. Herbal remedies such as ingesting red clover, St John wort, evening primerose, or black cohosh are thought to help abate symptoms and provide relief. It is also helpful to consume omega-3 fatty acids, which can be found in the following fish in high amounts: salmon, trout, fresh tuna, mackerel, herring, and sardines.
Taking supplements such as calcium can also prove beneficial, especially considering that osteoporosis is a frequent symptom of menopause. Watching your diet and making exercise a priority will definitely help with weight gain, bone density, and slower metabolism, as well as avoiding spicy food that may irritate the body and spur more frequent hot flashes.
Even if you have not entered menopause, being proactive about these remedies can help a woman during the transition. On a similar note, post-menopausal woman can also benefit.
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