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The Seasons of a Woman’s Life

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I remember I was in my late forties.  While putting on my make up I thought to my self “I don’t see the signs of aging like wrinkles, no darkness under my eyes, smoothes firm skin, but I did have a few gray strands of hair.

Fast forward a few years – I was still looking good in my 50s, but I found that when I wore my hair back in a ponytail, I would get a slight lift in my skin which in turn made me look younger.  OK, I thought…it’s starting (meaning the sagging).

I never considered the changes that were going on in the inside (out of ignorance) for worrying about my fading youth.  I strongly believe that taking care of the inside will manifest itself on the outside.

Your later end shall be greater than your first.  Oh, my dear Sisters,  a better life — a great life is here, dispite the seasons of change we go through.  Knowing what to expect in our physical bodies will prepare for life in our new season.

The Beginning of the Change

Shortly before menopause you will probably experience changes in your period. Heavy bleeding during periods is not uncommon.  You may even experience light periods. You’re going into menopause.  Just because you’re facing menopause, doesn’t mean  pregnancy can’t happen—-you are still menstruating!  This period of change is called “Perimenouse“.

What’s happening is, your ovaries start shutting down their baby making function, causing the hormones they produce — estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone — to fluctuate and decline. While this is happening, not only may you notice heavy bleeding, but other symptoms like hot flashes, breasts tenderness, longer/shorter menstrual cycles, acne, loss of libido (sex drive) vaginal dryness, anxiety, depression, and trouble sleeping.

When I look back over the years, I now understand what was happening to me.  It kinda makes me angry now because the older women in my life never talked about this…they didn’t warn me.😧

That heavy flow I mentioned earlier?….the floodgate so to speak?  As estrogen surges, you bleed very heavily and often unpreparedly.  Then it slows back down.

Heavy bleeding and other typical premenopausal symptoms are also sometimes a sign that your thyroid is either overactive or underactive.  Get tested to be sure.  Not all women experience all the symptoms, but many do.  It’s just not a pretty picture.

In the Thick of It – Halfway Done

Menopause is a significant source of hormonal imbalance. Menopause is the time in a woman’s life when her ovaries stop the production of hormones.  You get pretty much of the same symptoms that you get in Perimenopause but basically without the mentrual cycle, even though in my case my periods were extremely short and light compared to when it was normal.

Because so many women were not aware of what was happening during the Change, some believed that they were actually pregnant!  Hah!  (been there – and thought that)😰

So that you won’t think you’re losing it, or before you let your imagination go into overdrive, here’s a list of symptoms you may experience during menopause:

  • Hot flashes of course, flushes, night sweats, cold sweats, feeling clammy😰
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Depression
  • Irritability

    What is wrong with me?
  • Exacerbation of existing conditions
  • Mood swings, sudden tears
  • Increase allergies
  • Trouble sleeping through the night😦
  • Weight gain😦
  • Loss of libido😦
  • Hair lose/thinning😦
  • Vaginal dryness😦
  • Fatigue😦
  • Anxiety, feeling ill at ease😦
  • Feeling of dread, apprehension, doom😦
  • Disorientation, mental confusion
  • Memory lapses
  • Incontenance😦
  • Itchy, crawly skin
  • Aching, sore joints,
  • Increased tension in muscles
  • Breast tenderness
  • Headache😦
  • Indigestion, flatulence, gas pain, nausea😦
  • Bloating
  • Dizziness, light-headedness😦
  • Change in body😦
  • Electric shock sensation under the skin😦
  • Tingling in the extremities😦
  • Bad taste in the mouth, change in breathe odor
  • Gum problems
  • Osteoporosis (after several years)
  • Change in fingernails – softer, crack, break easier

OMG!  It’s no wonder this was not discussed!

Is It Over Yet? – Postmenopause

You’ve entered your season of Postmenopause when you have not had a period after 12 consecutive months.  This is pretty much the end of hot flashes and lessen severity of mood swings.

However, many health issues can arise with lowered estrogen levels — heart disease and osteoporosis are among the conditions that can come along during postmenopause.

What Can Be Done – A little Help Please?

Bio-indentical Replacement Therapy may help with those awful symptoms and give you back some peace of mind.  Bio-indentical Replacement Therapy uses naturally derived hormones from plants.  These hormones most closely resemble naturally occurring human hormones and are free from unnatural chemicals.

Progesterone may help.  It keeps us balanced and is a natural anti-anxiety and stress reliever.  It balances cortisol levels and calms the brain by increasing GABA.  GABA is Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid, an amino acid that is the second most common neurotransmitter in the brain.  Without GABA a person would constantly remain on edge, anxious, and not have the ability to relax.

It may help lower blood pressure and help protect your heart.  Progesterone may also help protect against breath cancer, help with weight by instructing the body to burn food that you eat for energy instead of storing it as fat.  It may helps improve seritonin levels and promote better sleep, restore libido in many people and protects thyroid. Progesterone may lower insulin levels and help you have a better lipid profile (fat like substance found within the blood stream).

It’s like a youth hormone!!  Where to get it?!  It’s available without a prescription, over-the-counter. A jar of USP Progesterone can be under $30.

Caution: Conventional hormone replacement therapy uses synthetic animal derived hormones (such as the pregnant horse urine used in commonly prescribed Premarin).  Premarin does help with monopausal symptoms but there are too many cautions.

There are books to read that will help you beat menopause naturally:

Ageless:  The Naked Truth About Bio-identical Hormones

Stay Young and Sexy with Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement: The Science Explained

The Natural Hormone Solution to Enjoy Perimenopause

I found these books on Amazon.

A New Season

We are truly fearfully and wonderfully made.  The Seasons of a Woman’s Life are so complex and wonderous, there is so much that can be accomplished because our greater responsibilities (raising kids, work, etc) are pretty much behind us (at least for most of us).  Live life to the the fullest with God as your guide. 

Trees are beautiful no matter what the Season

Be Blessed Everyone and Be a Blessing

PattiB

The Good Stewart

2 Comments

  • suzanne

    Hi Patti,

    What a wonderful article, thank you!! I’m now in my post menopause and it’s still difficult for me. I think my hot flashes and night sweats are getting worse, not better, lol. Thankfully, I’m on some antidepressants which brings relief from mood swings, but I still live on a tropical island all the time, haha.

    A friend of mine told me about Bio-identical Replacement Therapy, so it was very interesting reading about it here. I think I will look into that. There is much breast cancer in my family, so I can’t do the traditional therapy.

    My doctor told me that some women will continue with those symptoms for the rest of their lives. I’m praying that won’t happen to me, and that our Lord will have mercy!!

    Blessings on you,
    Suzanne

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