Doc Talk: Menopause

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We all know menopause is a natural part of life for women and there's nothing we can do to stop it.

But there are ways you can help alleviate some of the symptoms.

Getting older is rough, especially for women.

Getting older is a whole new life change and according to Holy Spirit nurse practitioner, Kara Lechene, women age naturally in their own way.

This is all thanks to menopause. Menopause begins when a woman goes a full year without menstruating as a result of ovarian functioning slowly declining.

This happens to women usually between the ages of 40 and 58. There are clues that usually show up first, symptoms of perimenopause.

Kara Lechene said,"That usually is started with irregular cycles, hot flashes, night sweats, that type of thing."

These symptoms and perimenopause can go on for five to eight years before menopause happens.

According to Lechene,"Some are very mild where they notice a couple here and there throughout the day and others get them constantly throughout the day where they notice it truly affects their quality of life and every day living."

When perimenopause and menopause happen to you, there are things you can do.

Lechene said,"A lot of times it can be managed just thru lifestyle changes. Regular exercise helps to manage hot flashes. Actually, yoga has been shown through research to help with hot flashes."

Lechene also said B-Vitamins, Calcium and D-Vitamins are all helpful as well as dressing in layers.

Men dealing with loved ones suffering, like their wives, are advised to be a good support system and understanding.

There is no way to sort of predict when this will all start happening to you. Nurse practitioner Kara Lechene said the younger you are when you first get your period the younger you'll likely be when you stop getting it.

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