If there is a word that most women would rather not hear being mentioned, it’s the word “menopause”. It is a word that refers to a body change in which the female reproductive system is permanently shut down. Interestingly, this condition does not only occur in humans but also in other animals.

Menopause can be a frightening thought for women in their mid- to late-thirties. No one knows what to expect, but they’ve all heard at least one horror story about the transition to this life changing path. Menopause is more than just some annoying phase in women’s lives, it requires time and information (just like puberty), to understand all of the changes, as you approach this new chapter of your life. The more you know about what to expect during menopause, the easier it will be to manage the uncomfortable symptoms.

Here are some tips to help you see menopause as a normal course of life and not as the curse as it is so often portrayed.

1-The first step to alleviating some of the fear that is associated with menopause is to understand what menopause is. Simply put, it is the point at which a woman’s ovaries stop working. The ovaries control functions like egg formation and estrogen production; when the ovaries cease working, the production of these two substances stops as well. When estrogen synthesis stops, hormone levels fluctuate, which might lead to osteoporosis later in life. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is the treatment of choice in this situation.

2- The onset of menopause is accompanied by a slew of symptoms. Irregular bleeding, longer or shorter menstrual periods, hot flushes, and night sweats are some of the most prevalent symptoms. Even with such a diverse range of symptoms, it’s crucial to remember that not all women have the same symptoms or have the same severity of those symptoms. The experiences of one woman throughout this period of her life may be vastly different from those of her friends and family.

3- Since the 1970s, hormone replacement therapy (HRT) has been the gold standard of care for menopausal women. Every year, around 40 million women receive prescriptions for this medicine. However, in recent years, this method of treatment has come under fire because it is thought to raise the risk of heart disease.

4- If you feel you’re approaching menopause, it’s important to speak with your doctor. You’ll be able to come up with a plan of action together to help you deal with some of the more unpleasant parts of this time in your life. Treatment does not have to be traditional or non-traditional; in fact, for many women, a combination of the two is the most effective.

5- Lastly, menopause is not considered complete until 12 months have passed without a menstrual cycle. You may have an occasional cycle during this period. It’s crucial to remember that if menopause isn’t complete, pregnancy can still happen. If you don’t want to get pregnant, it’s a good idea to keep using any birth control you like during menopause. 

Menopause is, without a doubt, a topic that some women would rather avoid than discuss. However, as they begin to experience the hormone swings and other symptoms of menopause, they begin to look around for more information and remedies, truthfully there is nothing fun about dealing with these issues.

So, having a strong support network can make a huge difference in how you approach the symptoms of menopause. Furthermore, it may give you the confidence to handle troubling symptoms such as mood swings or hot flashes. To relieve stress and reduce other menopause symptoms, there are a variety of prescription treatments and alternative therapies available.

Menopause can take on various forms, and there is no one-size-fits-all approach to preparing for or experiencing it. As a result, it’ll be critical that you don’t deny the obvious in order to avoid unnecessary anxiety or discomfort. Learn everything you can about the changes in your body and take the necessary actions to begin your menopause journey.