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The Lingering Symptoms of the Menopause

The intensity, regularity and duration of hot flashes and night sweats vary amongst women. Both of these symptoms are attributed to the menopause, a period of change that most commonly occurs in women in their late 40′s and early 50′s. A recent study, included in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, decided to focus on a group of … Continue reading

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Counter Premenstrual Syndrome Using Natural Herbal Remedies

For many women, premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a miserable time of the month where they experience a variety of unpleasant symptoms such as irritability, depression, bloating, fatigue and severe cramping. While many of these symptoms are accepted as being unavoidable and a regular part of PMS, nothing could actually be further from the truth. The majority of PMS symptoms experienced … 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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Hot flushes: what works and what doesn’t

If you’ve ever had one, you’ll know the symptoms only too well. A hot flush or ‘hot flash’ is a sudden, intense feeling of heat that strikes without warning and rapidly spreads over the face and upper body. The sensation is often accompanied by uncontrollable sweating, a rapid heartbeat, nausea, dizziness and feelings of anxiety. Each flush can last up … Continue reading

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Yoga and Menopause

Fluctuating hormone levels during menopause can leave women feeling out of balance, both physically and emotionally. Hot flushes, muscle ache, disrupted sleep, anxiety, mood swings: menopausal women can often feel powerless and at the mercy of their own changing bodies. Women have traditionally turned to Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) for help, but the medication has been associated with a number … Continue reading

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