Menopause Symptoms – A Discussion Of 4 Menopause Symptoms In Depth

For those who understand; no explanation is necessary. For those who do not; no explanation will suffice.?

When the ovaries stop producing estrogen, and periods cease for one year; this is the time of life called menopause. It is a natural process, however complex. When estrogen levels are low, menopause symptoms begin to occur. What are the symptoms? Some women may experience none; while others may run the gamut from hot flashes to mood swings to night sweats. Other symptoms may include irregular periods, and vaginal or urinary tract infections. It is estimated that about 75% of women report some troublesome symptoms during menopause, but the severity and frequency of symptoms actually varies from woman to woman.

Let?s discuss some of these menopause symptoms in depth:

Irregular bleeding – Can occur up to menopause. In some cases, periods may be of a short duration, or last longer than usual. In addition, the bleeding may vary from light to heavy. This can be one of the confusing menopause symptoms as the time between periods may also fluctuate.

Hot flashes – Hot flashes are symptomatic of menopause. What is a hot flash? It is a sudden feeling of intense heat which encompasses your entire body. For example: your face feels very red; you begin to sweat, and sometimes experience anxiety or irritability. It is uncomfortable at best; but once you understand the cause, you can deal with it. Hot flashes can last from seconds to minutes. However, it must be said that it does feel quite longer. Again, it is one of those menopause symptoms that varies from woman to woman.

While studies suggest hot flashes occur in the first two years after menopause and gradually lessen, there is also documentation that some women have hot flashes for several years after menopause; up to 40 years or longer. This is evidenced by another case in which a woman is still experiencing menopause symptoms by having hot flashes at the age of 80. Disheartening, but true! In addition, hot flashes that occur during the night can disrupt sleep. In fact, some women report that their bed sheets become soaked with sweat when they have a hot flash during the night.

Vaginal dryness – This can also occur, as may itching or irritation. Although few women experience serious menopause symptoms, including problems with vaginal dryness and thinning right after menopause, both dryness and thinning continue to occur over time. Some doctors estimate that at least half of all women older than 60 years have some degree of vaginal dryness. Regular sexual intercourse can help to keep the vagina moist and toned.

Mood swings – Sometimes dramatic, these swings occur frequently in menopausal women. In fact, these menopause symptoms mimic PMS.

Immune System And Yeast Infections

A yeast infection, referred to as Candidiasis, is a fungal infection caused by an uncontrolled population of the Candida fungus. Candida fungus is commonly found in the body, even if the person is not infected. In a recent study, close to 20% of women tested positive for Candida yeast presence. It is important to note these women were not suffering from a yeast infection. A yeast infection occurs when the yeast fungus multiplies in size to a point where it can no longer be controlled.

The body has a natural controlling mechanism that, in most cases, prevents Candidiasis from happening in the first place. The body’s immune system is that controlling mechanism. Flora refers to a collection of microorganisms that live in the body and whose job it is to control other organisms from spreading. The human body has a number of flora, for example vaginal flora, intestinal flora and oral flora. When the flora is unable to control Candida fungus, a yeast infection develops. What prevents the flora from controlling the fungus? A weakened immune system. How does the immune system become weak? By internal and external factors.

By internal factors, we mean the immune system itself is the problem. This is caused by problems at the genetic level, where the immune system did not develop properly. Persons born with an immune system deficiency face a lifetime long struggle to keep their bodies as healthy as possible. External factors cover a wide variety of topics, some of which are but are not limited to: stress, diet, previous injury, surgery, drug therapies and the environment. While internal factors cannot be prevented, there are a number of things every person should do to prevent external factors from weakening their immune system.

Natural ways to strengthen the immune system:

Get at least 8 hours of sleep every night
Eliminate as much stress from your life as you can
Eat a well balanced diet and do not skip meals
Eat foods that have high antioxidant values (fresh fruit and vegetables) as they can boost your immune system
Find out if your body is lacking any nutrients and supplement with vitamins
Keep your body hydrated as it flushes toxins from the body
Exercise as it increases blood and nutrient circulation and flushes toxins from the body
Keep your immune system strong by avoiding a dependency on drugs or antibiotics

Keeping your immune system in excellent shape is one of the best ways to prevent any illness, or, in this case, a yeast infection. Illness, of any type, simply adds unnecessary stress on the body, mind and our day to day life. Prevention is the best treatment.