5 tips women need to know to get through menopause

It’s the one thing that every woman will experience – but that doesn’t make it any less daunting.

Each year, millions of women go through the menopause, some suffering crippling symptoms in the process.

Hot flushes, memory loss, joint aches and anxiety are some of the side-effects costing 14 million working days every year, researchers found.

The good news is there are many steps you can take to manage and reduce your symptoms.


If you are willing and able to take hormone replacement therapy (HRT), this will quickly resolve your symptoms.


Painful sex is a real issue for many women of this age.

HRT may also restore vaginal health. However, if the main menopausal symptom is vaginal dryness, the use of vaginal estrogen can be more effective and indeed, may be needed even if HRT is being taken for symptoms such as flushes.


Anxiety is often one of the first symptoms of an approaching menopause, although it is often not recognised as such.

Exercises like yoga and CBT are good ways to ease your worries which can exacerbate your physical symptoms (file image)


When it comes to the menopause, overhauling your diet can make a real difference to symptoms.


Are you getting enough vitamin C? This is important as the vitamin has numerous anti-ageing effects.

As an antioxidant, it neutralizes free radicals – harmful molecular fragments which damage tissues and are linked with premature ageing.

Berries give you a boost of antioxidants and vitamins that lower blood pressure

Teenage mothers more likely to have early menopause, new study reveals

Teenage mothers are more likely to have an early menopause as well as a hysterectomy, according to a recent study which found 43 per cent of women who had a child while under 20 also went through the menopause by the age of 45.

By comparison, 33 per cent of those who had a child later went on to have an early menopause.Around half the women who had an early menopause also had a hysterectomy, compared with less than a quarter of those who were older at menopause.

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According to Daily Mail the research was based on the health histories of more than 1,000 women in the Canadian-led International Mobility in Ageing Study.

Women from poorer countries including Brazil and Colombia also reported high rates of early natural menopause compared with those in wealthier nations such as Canada.

Those who experienced trauma in childhood were around 56 per cent more likely to have an early menopause.

Lead researcher Dr Catherine Pirkle, of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, said: ‘This work implies that early birth or a difficult childhood may be storing up problems which only come out half a lifetime later.’

The findings were presented at the World Congress of Menopause in Vancouver, Canada.Professor Nick Panay, of Imperial College London, chairman of the World Congress on Menopause’s scientific programme committee, said: ‘The information from this study can be used to counsel women with early childbirth and difficult childhood about their potential risks.’

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Men who fear they are going through a ‘manopause’ could be at risk of problems in the bedroom

Men who fear they are going through the ‘manopause’ could be at risk of problems in their love lives, an expert claims.

Middle-aged men who simply believe low testosterone will hit their libido could end up less interested in sex.

They may also suffer erectile dysfunction as a psychological response to worrying about the male menopause.

Allan Pacey, professor of andrology at the University of Sheffield, said: ‘This label of the male menopause creates the expectation that every man will go through it. Some of the symptoms are hormone-related but some are influenced by psychology.’

Speaking at an event on male fertility organised by the Progress Educational Trust in Edinburgh this month, he added: ‘A common question that I am often asked is about the existence of the male menopause.

‘In this regard, let me be quite clear – it doesn’t exist.’

The fertility expert used Charlie Chaplin, who had his youngest son at 73, as evidence that the male menopause is a myth, saying that men latch on to the idea because they are getting older and ‘clearly do not like it’.

His comments come amid warnings that men taking testosterone to regain their youthful energy could increase their risk of heart attack and stroke. Prescriptions for male ‘HRT’ leapt by 20 per cent between 2012 and 2016, and this can damage men’s fertility.

The British Fertility Society conference heard last year that the hormone is being increasingly misused as a ‘lifestyle drug’ by men who are convinced that they have hit the ‘manopause’.


Did You Know? Vitamin D Rich Diet Reduces The Risk Of An Early Menopause By 17%

Women can cut their risk of an early menopause by eating oily fish and eggs, a new study reveals.

A high vitamin D intake via food and supplements lowers the risk by 17 percent.

Vitamin D is thought to slow the ageing of women’s ovaries. Calcium-rich foods make women 13 percent less likely to suffer.

Around one in 10 women go through the menopause before the age of 45, increasing their risk of osteoporosis and heart disease, and reducing their chances of conceiving.

The US study, which included Harvard University, analysed 116,430 female health workers over two decades.

Their diet was recorded in food questionnaires five times over that period, during which 2,041 women entered the menopause.


A woman set to have her menopause when she is 43 could be struggling to conceive from the age of 33.

‘Scientists are looking for anything that can reduce the risk of early menopause and things like diet, which can be easily altered, have wide-ranging implications for women.

She said: ‘There is really good laboratory evidence that vitamin D increases the production of hormones which slow down ovarian ageing and slow down the rate at which a woman loses her eggs. This is important because menopause comes when a woman has no eggs left.

‘Calcium, we think, could also influence ovarian ageing, because it is present with hormones in cows’ milk like progesterone, which may also help to reduce risk of early menopause.


She said: ‘There is really good laboratory evidence that vitamin D increases the production of hormones which slow down ovarian ageing and slow down the rate at which a woman loses her eggs. This is important because menopause comes when a woman has no eggs left.

‘Calcium, we think, could also influence ovarian ageing, because it is present with hormones in cows’ milk like progesterone, which may also help to reduce risk of early menopause.

‘Women may reduce their risk of early menopause by eating foods rich in vitamin D and calcium, such as dairy foods and fatty fish.’

Our main natural source of vitamin D is sunlight, however, it also appears in oily fish, egg yolks and fortified cereals. Dairy products are not fortified with the vitamin in the UK.


Tomato juice can ease menopause

Menopausal women can now celebrate as researchers from Tokyo Medical University have discovered that a glass of tomato juice a day could help ease menopausal symptoms. According to the research women who drank 200ml of the juice twice a day for eight weeks had a significant effect on overall symptoms as well as cholesterol and anxiety.

According to UK website Dailymail, 93 women were involved in the study and at the end the results showed that menopausal symptoms such as anxiety, hot flushes and irritability had halved. Blood fat levels also went down while the women also burned more calories.

Previous research suggested that chemicals found in tomato juice including gamma-aminobutyric acid act a similar way as the hormone oestrogen.

Menopause lasts ‘up to 14 years’: Study says

Women going through the menopause may suffer hot flushes for as long as 14 years, warn researchers.

They found half the women in a large study had uncomfortable, often distressing symptoms for more than seven years on average.

US experts said greater efforts are needed to find new ways of helping women at the menopause as HRT is currently recommended for five years of maximum use.

Nancy Avis, a professor of social sciences and health policy at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, North Carolina, and the study’s lead author, said doctors should advise women that vasomotor symptoms such as hot flushes and night sweats might last longer than they had been led to believe.

She said ‘The duration of 7.4 years highlights the limitations of guidance recommending short-term hormone therapy and emphasises the need to identify safe long-term therapies for the treatment of vasomotor symptoms.’

Cosmetics and plastics linked to earlier menopause

Women whose bodies contained high levels of certain chemicals found in plastics and cosmetics experienced menopause two to four years earlier than women with lower amounts in their systems, US researchers said Wednesday. While the study in the journal PLOS ONE did not prove that the chemical exposures caused earlier menopause, study authors said the associations they uncovered merit further research.

“Chemicals linked to earlier menopause may lead to an early decline in ovarian function, and our results suggest we as a society should be concerned,” said senior author Amber Cooper, an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Washington University School of Medicine.

The findings were based on a nationally representative sample of 1,442 menopausal women, whose average age was 61. None of the women were taking estrogen-replacement therapies, nor had they undergone surgery to remove their ovaries. Researchers examined the women’s blood and urine for signs of 111 chemicals that are suspected of interfering with the natural production and distribution of hormones in the body, the study said.

They found 15 chemicals that were significantly associated with earlier menopause and declines in ovarian function. They included nine polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), three pesticides, two phthalates – which are typically found in plastics, common household items, pharmaceuticals, lotions, perfumes, makeup, nail polish, liquid soap and hair spray – and a toxic chemical known as a furan “that warrant closer evaluation,” the study said.

Ovarian function is important because without it, women are infertile and may be at risk for earlier development of heart disease, osteoporosis and other health problems. “Many of these chemical exposures are beyond our control because they are in the soil, water and air,” Cooper said.

“But we can educate ourselves about our day-to-day chemical exposures and become more aware of the plastics and other household products we use.” She recommended people use glass or paper containers when microwaving food, and minimize their exposure to harmful chemicals in the cosmetics and personal care products they choose.

How menopause can drive women mad

Physical changes of the menopause — from hot flushes to changes in sex drive — are widely known, the toll it can take on women’s mental states is far less understood.

From anxiety and depression to panic attacks and hallucinations, doctors say mental changes stemming from the menopause may strike as many as one in three women — and are often misdiagnosed by doctors.

Professor John Studd, a consultant gynaecologist who runs the London PMS and Menopause Clinic, says: ‘I see five new patients a day at my clinic complaining of anxiety, depression, tearfulness, mood swings, anger or panic attacks. These women have usually been fobbed off or misdiagnosed with a mental health condition by their GP — even psychiatrists are getting it wrong. About 70 per cent are on medication such antidepressants.

‘These aren’t something you want to be taking unnecessarily as they can have side-effects such as weight gain, loss of energy, difficulty concentrating and an increased risk of osteoporosis.

‘If their depression or anxiety is related to their hormones, no antidepressant or alternative therapy is going to solve the problem. Only HRT — which stabilises women’s hormones — will help.’


Number of eggs a woman has predicts her risk of heart attack

Women who go through an early menopause may be ageing faster generally, scientists have discovered.

They say the number of eggs a woman has may not just indicate her fertility, but overall life expectancy.

Specifically, it may predict the risk of a heart attack, New Scientist reports.

A woman is born with all the eggs she will ever have and the number declines with age.

Previous research has suggested the average woman is born with 300,000 potential egg cells.

Going through the menopause anywhere between 45 and 55 is considered the norm, while experiencing it before the age of 40 is known as a premature menopause.

The ovaries make the hormone oestrogen, the hormone that regulates a woman’s periods.

So when the ovaries stop functioning, the level of oestrogen drops.

However oestrogen also has a protective effect on the heart – so after the menopause, the risk of heart disease increases.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2801373/how-number-eggs-woman-predicts-risk-heart-attack-life-expectancy.html

How menopause makes life a misery for a quarter of women

More than a quarter of women going through the menopause struggle to cope with everyday life due to their symptoms, research shows.

A fifth have been forced to take time off work, while one in 50 are on long-term sick leave.

Half say they are depressed, while more than a third suffer from anxiety, the poll of 3,275 women found.

Other common symptoms include exhaustion, aching muscles, night sweats, hot flushes and memory loss.

Yet many women said doctors either failed to recognise their problems as the menopause or refused to prescribe treatment.

Nearly four in ten women had sought help from their family doctor and of these, a quarter said the menopause was never discussed.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2796460/how-menopause-makes-life-misery-quarter-women-four-ten-seek-help-family-doctor-symptoms-including-depression-anxiety-night-sweats.html

The Truth About Menopause and Manopause

One might wonder why it has taken until this week for Time Magazine to have as their cover story: “Manopause?! Aging, Insecurity and the $2 Billion Testosterone Industry.”

Of course all women, if they live long enough, go through “the change” — the two to five year period where mood swings, hot flashes, gaining weight eating a lettuce leaf, and night sweats accompany the loss of progesterone (100 percent — yes all of it!), testosterone (70 percent) and estrogen (97 to 99 percent).

With these changes in the hormonal makeup, comes the final stage of a woman’s development — the cessation of her monthly period. Twelve months after her last period, a woman is and will be forever post-menopausal.

Women have come to realize that being a post-menopausal woman can, with the right attitude, daily exercise, and having purpose, be the best years.

Women actually have a bit of biological help with this. A post-menopausal woman no longer has high levels of estrogen — the hormone that makes them want to procreate, continue the species, focus on the home and try to keep the peace. She is now testosterone dominant.

We are all well versed in what testosterone does for men in the first half of their lives — it makes them confident and focus outside the home.

READ MORE: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jill-shaw-ruddock/the-truth-about-menopause_b_5661990.html