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Manage the menopause naturally without HRT

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According to a recent study, the menopause typically lasts more than seven years, so you’ll want to make the transition as comfortable as possible. Fortunately, the symptoms of the menopause can be alleviated by adopting a healthy diet, taking beneficial herbs, and making lifestyle changes. This article helps you identify some simple changes you can make almost immediately which will help you manage the menopause naturally. Continue reading Manage the menopause naturally without HRT

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Frieda the fibroid, and TAH with ovaries removed experience – Donna’s story

I knew I had a fibroid along with a phobia surrounding doctors, needles, hospitals etc. At around 41 I started experiencing pressure in the abdomen and a need to urinate more frequently, I ignored it. A routine medical picked up blood in my urine which culminated in an ultrasound and a cystoscopy which resulted in Frieda the fibroid being found. The medical team said it could be that I would make it to menopause and Frieda would begin to shrink, at this stage she was around 5cm. Continue reading Frieda the fibroid, and TAH with ovaries removed experience – Donna’s story

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Light at the end of the tunnel – Louise’s Hysterectomy Story

I am 46 and post hysterectomy and finally have light at the end of the tunnel after your website helped me enormously, as did the book advertised on it. I especially liked the new perfume and comfort cushion tips both of which I had already done before I read the book. Continue reading Light at the end of the tunnel – Louise’s Hysterectomy Story

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Hysterectomy, and how uninformed I feel – Jacquie’s Story

I had a hysterectomy on the 23rd June 2011 as I had been suffering wth heavy bleeding for about 2 years and was very aneamic. I had a hysteroscopy in March prior to this and biopsies were taken which, thank god came back ok. Continue reading Hysterectomy, and how uninformed I feel – Jacquie’s Story

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Jenny’s Story – Overcoming fibroids and coping with the menopause

All started several years ago … fibroids. A wait and see approach was taken by my doctors. Eventually due to bloating, painful nauseous periods (having to take time off work) low iron count and feeling very constantly tired,  I decided to see a gynaecologist. Continue reading Jenny’s Story – Overcoming fibroids and coping with the menopause

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The meaning behind the menopause

At last,  a serious study into just what the menopause is, and what it isn’t.  Sue Brayne author of ‘Sex, Meaning and the Menopause‘, who presented her paper at the British Psychological Society Psychology of Women Section annual conference at Cumberland Lodge, Windsor in July has said that the menopause should not be seen as a medical problem that needs fixing but as a life-affirming and normal process that women go through, something that we at the Hysterectomy Association have long been advocating.

The menopause is a life-stage, in the same way that puberty is and ALL women, regardless of their culture, lifestyle or race, will go through if they live long enough.  In many cultures this period of life has been one to be celebrated, because it represents a transition from one stage to another that brings with it a whole different set of responsibilities.

According to Sue “Little consideration is given to the psychological, emotional, and spiritual changes women go through in this stage of life and no matter how science attempts to ‘cure’ the menopause, evolution cannot be stopped. When a woman reaches her fifties, she will undergo immense changes. She has to face the death of fertility, the loss of her youth, and to accept that she is no longer able to attract the attention she once did.”

The research that Sue conducted included interview with 60 women and was an in-depth analysis of the many changes that occurred in their lives at the time of their menopause. She considered changes in women’s sexuality and relationships as well as the way in which older people are viewed within our Society, which emphasises youth over wisdom.

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Symptoms of the Menopause

So how will you know if you are menopausal? Well, there are lots of different symptoms that could initially be misinterpreted as something else entirely, and we have the entire list of possible symptoms for you here:

  • Hot flushes (flashes)
  • Increase or decrease in headaches
  • Palpitations or irregular heart beat
  • Dry vagina, which can cause pain when you have sex
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Itchy skin – could feel like crawling
  • Breast tenderness
  • Muscle tension
  • Depression
  • Weight gain
  • Feeling light headed or dizziness
  • Tingling in the arms and legs
  • Burning sensation in the mouth
  • Changes in skin texture and tone
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Increased facial hair growth
  • Your breasts may shrink slightly
  • Night Sweats
  • Insomnia, difficulty sleeping
  • Mood swings
  • Tiredness (over and above the normal post surgical tiredness)
  • Memory lapses
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Aching muscles, joints and tendons
  • Gastrointestinal upsets, such as diahorrhea, wind, bloating,
  • Flatulence
  • Increase in allergies
  • Thinning hair
  • Change in body odour
  • Increase in bleeding gums
  • Changes in fingernails
  • Loss of interest in sex
  • Feelings of unspecific fear and dread
  • Severe anxiety/panic attacks
  • Vaginal walls become thinner and more susceptible to infection

As you can see there are a lot of possible symptoms, and it is highly unlikely that you will experience all of them, at least not on one day:-). Those that you do have may change as time goes on, some may disappear and others may become worse.