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Archive for 2011

A natural approach to irregular periods

Less regular periods are often one of the first symptoms women notice as they approach menopause. While some premenopausal women welcome this disruption to their monthly cycles, others, particularly women who suffer from painful, heavy periods can find this irregularity difficult to deal with. There are number of treatment options women can try to regulate their cycle in the years … Continue reading

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Hair loss during menopause

Hair loss at any stage of life can have a serious affect on a woman’s self esteem, but during the emotional and physical upheaval of menopause it can be particularly hard to deal with. Although hair loss is generally thought of as a condition that afflicts men, nearly all women notice some degree of change to the thickness of their … Continue reading

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Hot Flashes

Hot flashes are one of the most widespread and maligned symptoms of woman experiencing the menopause. Hot flashes can best be described as a feeling of heat that spreads over the body, concentrating itself mostly in the head, neck and chest regions. These hot flashes can last anywhere from 30 seconds to several minutes, and can often cause uncomfortable visible … Continue reading

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Insomnia and Menopause

Of all the unwelcome symptoms of menopause, sleep disturbance is perhaps the most frustrating. Just when you should be winding down to enjoy a more settled pace of life, menopause insomnia strikes, leaving you fatigued, irritable and unable to make the most of your middle years. Approximately 60% of women report sleeplessness during menopause, but it is not something you … Continue reading

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Sex and menopause

Most women continue to enjoy a happy and satisfying sex life in the years leading up to, during and after menopause, but a significant minority experience problems that prevent them from remaining as sexually active as they would like to be. A decrease in libido is one of the most commonly reported symptoms of ‘the change’, with between 20% and … Continue reading

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How to beat PMS naturally

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) affects approximately 90% of menstruating women. For most women, the symptoms are just a mild advance warning that their period is approaching, but for some, PMS can be severe and even debilitating. Symptoms There are over 100 recognised physical and psychological symptoms with a possible link to PMS, but thankfully, most women suffer only a handful of … Continue reading

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Natural Replacements for HRT

During the menopause, reproductive hormones (oestrogen and progesterone) are produced less, and as a result the menstrual cycle slows down and eventually ceases. It should be noted that the menopause is not a disease, but simply a natural progression of the female body as it advances in years. The aforementioned decline in the reproductive hormones is not sudden, but actually … Continue reading

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What is menopause?

Menopause is the name given to the stage in every woman’s life when her menstrual periods permanently stop and she is no longer able to fall pregnant. In Western women, the average age for menopause is 51 years, but it is not uncommon for women to begin experiencing menopausal symptoms far earlier, even as young as 30. The menopause is … Continue reading

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Female night sweats

Referred to medically as nocturnal Hyperhidrosis, night sweats are just what they sound like: episodes of excessive sweating during nighttime hours. While it is normal and healthy for everyone to sweat a small amount on warm summer nights, true night sweats are not caused by hot weather, an over-heated bedroom or too many bedclothes; they can have a severe affect … Continue reading

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How Can I Keep My Vagina Fresh?

Because it is such an embarrassing and sensitive topic for many women, the question ‘ How Can I Keep My Vagina Fresh?’ is often avoided at all costs, with many women not having the confidence to approach their doctors with this surprisingly common problem. Vaginal odour is natural, with each women having their own unique scent. This only becomes an … Continue reading

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Don’t Let the Menopause Halt Your Sex Life

The decline of a woman’s sex drive during menopause is considered by many sufferers to be a normal symptom. This can promote intense feelings of sadness, frustration and guilt; all emotions that heighten existing libido problems. While some of the physical changes that occur during menopause can attribute to the loss of sex drive, many of the real problems are … Continue reading

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Hormone Disruptors and Irregular Periods

Recent scientific studies have shown that certain synthetic chemicals and materials can act as hormone disruptors, thus potentially adding to the symptoms associated with the menopause and causing irregularities with the monthly reproduction cycle of many women. One of the synthetic materials, found in almost every home, is plastic. Plastics emit chemicals which are not natural for our body, and … Continue reading

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