Going Through Changes: Mental, Physical, and Emotional Changes Women Face as they Get Older.

Having night sweats, but still getting your period? Your doctor saying you're too young for these symptoms, but you're having them anyway?

I'm sure all you want is some relief from all the physical, mental and emotional changes your body is going through; or what some like to refer to as "the change of life"; but can't find simple answers!

Well here are some simple explanations:

Menopause — the date on which you haven’t had a menstrual period for a year.

Perimenopause is the period of hormonal fluctuation that leads up to menopause; it can last from five to 15 years or longer.

Early menopause does occur for a tiny fraction of women, but the term is mostly used by women — not practitioners — when symptoms occur much earlier than “normal.”

Medical menopause is menopause brought about by medical treatment — typically hysterectomy or cancer treatment — and an incredible 25% of women enter menopause this way.

Hormonal balance is our normal state. When we have menopausal symptoms, we are suffering from hormonal imbalance — an abnormal state.

About 80% of women today experience symptoms of hormonal imbalance — more than ever before — because of the extraordinary demands made on their bodies and the inadequate support provided. Fortunately, nearly all women can find relief from the symptoms of perimenopause and menopause by restoring that balance — naturally and without drugs.

In some ways it feels like being a teen going through puberty all over again as your body, mind and emotions on some days have a total disconnect.

So like always we find a way to get ourselves back on track .

Share your experiences/changes and how through remedies and healthy/holistic ways you've begun to feel whole again.

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Comment by Candy on September 6, 2010 at 10:27am
I have went thru moods swings treated with efferox and fine now. Occassionally hot flashes and I mean pouring sweat. Use a fan and air conditioning. Being a b**** controlled by efferox.
The goodness about perimeno it excludes those who will not be there for better or worse. cut my looses early. a real man will be by your side thru it all.
Comment by Kat Tolbert on February 25, 2010 at 8:28pm
I am a 31 year who has experienced "Medical Menopause" and let me tell you, it gave me an all new respect for my mother. Your emotions and body are all over the place like they have a mind of their own! Sometimes its like watching a movie of your life sometimes. And the sex drive is sometime high like a kite and then other times its MIA!!!!
Comment by Kevin DuPont on February 25, 2010 at 6:11pm
MB, Man this is an alert signal to all women...I bet one can direct all of this menopause and anxiety to 25 years of women becoming more driven and professional beings...By nature their physical makeup is not equipped for such bodily treatment...then add to that (black women's) terrible eating habits, lack of "real" physical activity, and how many blacks actually practice giving blood (which is the equivalent to getting a car or machine oiled & lubed, not just for donation purposes) I am not surprised by any of this, but it does need to be addressed.
Comment by Neicy on February 25, 2010 at 5:18pm
Mike, I am 38 and I am going through the change. I am just glad I had my kids when I was younger because I would be devastated now. You never know when that change is going to occur and I certainly didn't expect to go through it at 37. I don't have the hot flashes, yet. I do get overheated sometimes but nothing too major. My doctor was very surprised to find out after testing that I was menopausing at such a young age. But with all things I perceive this as positive news because I no longer have to worry about planning my vacations around my cycle and I am good to get it on 365 days of the year!
Comment by Dora Harris on February 25, 2010 at 3:16pm
This is very informative and interesting.

Thanks
Comment by Smiling_Eyzes on February 24, 2010 at 4:22pm
Unless you plan to do a comparable segment on "The Mental, Physical and Emotional Changes Men Face As They Get Older, this is some sexist BS.

Yes, we are different in a number of respects as we get older, Thank God. The aging process has allowed many of us to age very gracefully. There is nothing more beautiful than a classy Black woman who has come into her own! For those of us who do experience significant "Mental, Physical and Emotional Changes", least we forget our male counterparts. E.g., Little two inch things softer than mashed potatoes, receding hairlines, bloated bellies, prostates larger than beach balls, p****** 100 times a night, low self esteem at the prospect of facing life's natural progression, making damned fools of themselves with women young enough to be your granddaughters, blood pressure medication rendering their little ding-a-lings useless, depression, aggression, midlife crises and male menopause.

Watch out Mike, your testosterone level is diminishing daily!
Comment by Tony on February 24, 2010 at 11:52am
Hey I have hot flashes too, especially when i drink alcohol everyday, and when i look at my pay check

Comment by LadyCafeauLait on February 24, 2010 at 10:57am
I suffered from very bad hot flashes as the result of medication and then from regular menopause. I found the following remedies helpful:
--Take either Paxil (prescribed antidepressant) or St. John's Wort (herbal remedy) or soy pills (Estroven or Healthy Woman)\WalMart sells a generic version
--Keep a coldpack (like for lunchboxes) in the freezer daily, then put it under your pillow at night. As soon as you feel the hot flash starting, touch it your wrist. The cold temperature will make it stop. This works with anything cold, such as a glass of ice water-keep it nearby.
--Wear layered clothing made of cotton, silk or microfiber (best choice) only. Many designers such as Maggie Sweet (EBay), Antthony Mark Hankins (HSN) and Susan Graver (QVC) design using this fabric.
Use only a comforter on your bed instead of a blanket.
Keep a fan in your pocketbook, whether mechanical or hand-held.
Comment by Mark in the ATL on February 24, 2010 at 8:29am
Geez, I thought the mood swings, changes and such was when they hit the teenage years!


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