The idea for this site originated with two menopausal sisters-in-law who realized that they wanted a place to go to share their thoughts and feelings about menopause. While there are a number of sites that tell you about menopause, this site is dedicated to providing an online “community” of women who can share their thoughts, concerns, remedies and emotional support. We provide articles and resources, as well as menopause relief products such as Outlast Bedding, Cool Wicking Sleepwear, 100% Bamboo Robes and Comfort Bedding. But the real opportunity is for women to find support – even at 2:00 AM, when hot flashes, insomnia, and other symptoms keep you awake. While no one can “cure” menopause – we hope to make the experience at little easier – and maybe you will make friends along the way. Please take advantage of all of our services, and also let us know where we need to improve or provide more functions. Just go to our Contact Us Page to reach out to us.
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Menopause is defined as “the cessation of menstruation as a result of the normal decline in ovarian function,” in other words, it is when a woman’s period stops and she can no longer become pregnant. A woman will know she has reached menopause when she has not had a period for 12 months in a row (and there are no other causes, such as pregnancy or illness, for this change) – this may also be referred to as “postmenopause.” For most women, natural menopause occurs between the ages of 45 and 55, with the average age of onset being around 51. In rare instances, menopause can occur as early as the 30′s or as late as the 60′s. Menopause is considered premature if it occurs before the age of 40, or if radiation exposure, chemotherapeutic drugs, or surgery induces it. Other factors that may contribute to the early onset of menopause include a history of smoking, poor nutrition, a co-existing medical condition, or even a traumatic experience.
Menopause is a normal change in a woman’s body. In the years leading up to menopause known as “premenopause or perimenopause,” a woman’s ovaries slowly make less and less of the hormones estrogen and progesterone. This is usually the time when most of the symptoms of menopause are manifested. While some women suffer server symptoms, others may see little or no changes. Once hormones have leveled off, most of the symptoms experienced during perimenopause will disappear — although some women have occasional hot flashes, anxiety, bouts of depression, etc., for years after they become postmenopausal. Having your doctor measure your follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) level is one way to help confirm if you are postmenopausal. FSH is a hormone produced by the pituitary gland (located at the base of the brain). Your FSH levels will dramatically rise as your ovaries begin to shut down; these levels are easily checked through one blood test.
In the past this “change of life” was seen as something to hide or dismiss. In the 1960’s – 1970’s medical emphasis was on treatment with hormones and other supplements. However, recent studies are compelling women to view menopause as simply a “natural life transition.” Certainly you should discuss your health and your symptoms with your doctor, but modern medicine is limited in terms of providing relief from the more severe symptoms, and you may become frustrated and depressed, particularly when combined with the lack of sleep that often accompanies menopause. A supportive physician is critical to the process, but you may need other resources as well, especially support from other women who are experiencing similar changes.