Five questions about menopause

Friday, June 8, 2018

1. What is menopause?

Menopause is a natural part of a woman’s life journey. It marks the end of the menstrual period and reproductive years.

2. How can a woman tell if she’s experiencing menopause?

The first sign is when the menstrual period has ceased for more than 12 months. If periods are still occurring but irregularly and with a light flow, this is called perimenopause – the stage before natural menopause. Perimenopause may last between two and five years or sometimes more, and the time varies for each woman.

3. What are key symptoms?

Symptoms occur due to a decline in the production of female hormones (oestrogen and progesterone) by the ovaries. Symptoms of menopause may vary between individuals and may include:

  • Temperature fluctuations (occurring in approximately 60 percent of women*)
  • Sweating
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Mood swings
  • Irritability
  • Stuffy heads
  • Worry and stress.

4. What can help women get through menopause?

Lifestyle management may help to relieve some of the unpleasant symptoms of menopause. This may include:

  • Healthy diet
  • Regular exercise
  • Reducing stress levels
  • Ensuring adequate relaxation
  • Avoiding stressful situations
  • Quitting or reducing smoking
  • Reducing alcohol intake
  • Decreasing caffeine intake
  • Ensuring good quality sleep
  • Wearing light-weight pyjamas
  • Avoiding obesity.

5. Are there supplements that can help?

Some women may require additional support to help manage during this stage of their life. Have confidence through menopause with Harmony Menopause Max!

Harmony Menopause Max is a natural product containing a blend of Chinese and Western herbs, plus vitamins. It contains rehmannia and paeonia, traditionally used in Chinese medicine for support for the uncomfortable aspects of menopause. It can be taken by women in menopause or perimenopause, it’s made in Australia, and the natural formula is free from wheat, gluten and dairy.

    

*Southern Cross Medical Library, 2016, Menopause - signs, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, viewed 30th Nov 2017, https:// www.southerncross.co.nz/group/medical-library/menopause-signs-symptoms-diagnosis-treatmentAlways read the label and take as directed. If symptoms persist, consult your healthcare professional. Lifestream International Limited, Auckland.

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