Menopause is the 12 months time frame after your last menstrual period that marks the end of menstrual cycles. Normally, menopause can happen in some time in your 40s or 50s, In this region (Malaysia and Singapore), the average age is around 49 to 51.
Menopause is a natural biological process. It signals the end of women’s fertility but you can stay healthy, vital and sexual. While some women feel relieved because they no longer need to worry about pregnancy, there are physical symptoms, such as hot flashes, and emotional symptoms of menopause may disrupt your sleep, lower your energy and even trigger anxiety, sadness and depression.
Typical Menopause Symptoms
Many women have identify hot flashes as the primary menopause symptom. You feel a sudden surge of heat usually in the upper portion of your body. Your face and neck might turn red, and you may feel hot and sweaty. The intensity of a hot flash can range from mild to very strong – to the extent of waking you from sleep. A hot flash generally can lasts from 30 seconds and 10 minutes
During menopause it may be hard for you to fall asleep or stay asleep. You may frequently wake up earlier than you wish and have trouble going back to sleep. To get as much rest as you can, try relaxation and breathing techniques and avoid using computers or cell phones before going to bed.
It’s also common for women experiencing menopause to lose control of their bladder. You may also feel a constant urge to urinate without a full bladder. This is because the tissues in your vagina and urethra lose their elasticity during menopause. The surrounding pelvic muscles may also weaken.
Women report feelings of irritability, depression, and mood swings, and often go from extreme highs to severe lows in a short period of time due to changes in hormone production. It’s important to remember that these hormone fluctuations affect your brain and that “feeling blue” is not unnatural.
Menopause Natural Remedies
Black Cohosh has an effect similar to the female hormone estrogen, which governs the menstrual cycle and declines after menopause. The herb was long used by Native Americans as a remedy for painful menstrual periods. It also has an anti-inflammatory, sedative effect. The medicinal part of the plant is the root, both fresh and dried.
Generations of women in the United States have depended on the root of black cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa) as a natural relieve for various “feminine problems,” like PMS, menstrual cramps and menopausal symptoms like hot flashes.
An American wildflower, a member of the buttercup family, it has been recommended as an alternative to standard hormone replacement therapy (HRT) when a woman deals with hot flashes and sweats.
Black Cohosh is a Natural Remedy for
- Hot Flashes
- Insomnia/Sleep Disorders
- Night Sweats
- Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)
- Dysmenorrhea(painful menstruation)
Commercially available black cohosh comes in several forms like capsules or body cream.