Self-Care

An Essential Guide to Early Menopause

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It’s unlikely you expected to read about menopause today. We know the readers of our blog are between the ages of 19 and 35, so its unlikely menopause is on your mind. After all, that’s something that you know will happen… but not for a very long time indeed.

Most of us associate menopause with women over the age of 50, which is a fair assumption. The average age women go through the menopause is 51 in the US, so it seems like an issue that you won’t have to deal with for a long time to come.

Unfortunately, for some women, that isn’t the case. Menopause can literally happen at any time– and it’s something you need to be on the lookout for. Below, we’ll examine the most common questions surrounding early (sometimes called “premature”) menopause, as well as the answers you need to know.

What is early menopause?

Early menopause is generally defined as menopause occurring when the woman is under the age of 40. Some countries lower this age to 35, but the US generally considers menopause before the age of 40 as being “early”.

How common is early menopause?

Statistics show only 1% of women will go through early menopause, which sounds encouraging until you remember 1% of women in the US equals around three million women. So early menopause isn’t likely, but it’s also not a particular rarity.

What are the symptoms of early menopause?

The symptoms of early menopause are identical to the symptoms of menopause at an older age. These symptoms include:

  • Hot flashes and night sweats
  • Emotional changes (irritability or even depression)
  • Dry skin, eyes, or mouth
  • Sleeplessness
  • Irregular or missed periods

Is early menopause a problem?

Given that menopause is inevitable, the idea of encountering it sooner rather than later might not sound that concerning. If you have had your children and consider your family complete, then menopause isn’t that daunting a prospect. You will likely need some form of supplements such as those provided by The Healthy Choice to keep you feeling your best, but menopause shouldn’t have any lasting consequences.

However, if you go through early menopause before you have had the number of children you want, then this can be problematic. If you notice any of the menopausal signs developing, it’s vital not to dismiss them. Many women dismiss clearly menopausal symptoms (such as hot flashes)  as they assume they’re too young to be experiencing menopause– you now know that that’s not the case. Talk to a doctor if you experience any menopausal symptoms, no matter what your age. While the process can’t be stopped, you should have fertility options to ensure you don’t miss your chance of motherhood.

Can early menopause be predicted?

No, though there are a few indicators. Studies have shown that women who start menstruation early are more likely to experience earlier menopause, but not necessarily early menopause.

This means vigilance, and rapid response to symptoms is the best method of dealing with the issue.

In conclusion

Hopefully, the above has provided some useful information about a little-known health condition that can have wide-ranging consequences.

Self-Care

How Our Senses Change As We Age, and What To Do About It

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It is a fact of life that we are all getting older. It sounds depressing, but it is inevitable, we all hope to live to a fine old age with all of our faculties still intact. The good news is that with modern technology developing so quickly, advancements in keeping the aging process at bay is almost tangible.

When people think of getting older, thoughts usually veer towards the way we look. We spend thousands on procedures to keep wrinkles at bay, eliminate grey hairs and create a youthful body shape. Not much thought is given to how the aging process affects our five senses – taste, sight, hearing, touch, and smell. Without our five senses, our life would not be as enjoyable. So how does aging affect our senses and is there any way of maintaining them?

Hearing

Did you know that hearing loss increases with age and can begin when we are in our 40’s and 50’s? Some people don’t experience any hearing impairment at all, that has any impact on their daily life, but if you find that you are asking people to repeat things, it may be time to visit your medical practitioner. Although most hearing loss is irreversible, there are many hearing aid styles available that are discreet and will offer an enhanced level of hearing.

Sight

Our eyesight deteriorates with age and often people who had 20:20 vision in their younger years may find that they need reading glasses as they age. Thankfully the wearing of glasses has become more of a fashion statement rather than a hindrance to our looks. There are so many trendy styles to choose from, finding out that you need glasses can actually be an enjoyable experience! There’s also the option of wearing contact lenses or laser treatment too.

Taste

As we age the number of taste buds we have lessen and shrink, which affects our enjoyment of food. This occurs gradually over time and you may not even notice it. If you find that your enjoyment of food is affected, become more creative in the use of herbs and spices, to add a little pizazz!

Smell

Your sense of smell works closely with your sense of taste and they affect each other is impaired. To enjoy food you need to be able to smell it, as well as taste it. Your medical practitioner will be able to give advice, it may be that you have a sinus infection affecting your sense of smell. Ear, nose, and throat specialists are experts in this field.

Touch

To help prevent your sense of touch deteriorating it is important to keep active. Exercise increases blood flow to your fingertips and feet, which in turn keeps your nerve endings healthy. Unless you suffer from nerve damaging conditions such as diabetes your sense of touch will only deteriorate very gradually.

To conclude it’s just as important to be aware of how aging affects our senses as to how it affects our looks. Be aware of changes and try to lessen the speed of deterioration.