Most Western woman have their last menstruation between their fortieth and sixtieth year; the average age is 51. The name of the last menstruation is the menopause. Before and after the menopause is a period in which the hormones try to find a new balance. This period is called the climacterium; the duration is different for every woman. Irregular menstruations, hot flushes and perspiration-attacks are symptoms that naturally appear during the climacterium and will eventually stop. But the intensity of the symptoms can be different for every woman and if the they cause problems for you, it might be a good idea to take medication.
Tips for the climacterium
· Eat healthy and try to keep track of your weight. After the climacterium you will gain wait much easier.
· Make sure you have enough chalk in your body to minimize the change of getting osteoporosis; drink milk, eat cheese, yoghurt and cabbages. For portions of milk products give the required amount of chalk per day. By one portion is meant: one cup of milk, a bowl of yoghurt or a cheese slice.
Vitamin D is important too. This vitamin is created by your skin with some help of the sun. Food that contains vitamin D: margarine, butter, fish and eggs.
· Try to exercise regularly to strengthen the bones. Going for a hike or walk is a good exercise to do this. Other types of exercise are important to keep the joints flexible and to prevent muscle strain.
· Try to consider that alcohol, coffee, tea and seasoned food can cause hot flushes.
· Try to take the time and rest to get used to the change your body is going through.
· Enough sleep is also required to make the change easier.
· Talk about problems with your partner, friends, your general practitioner or maybe even a climacterium consultant.
· When you experience trouble with peeing, it might help if you train your pelvic floor muscles. Maybe even with help of a physiotherapist.
· Try to quit smoking.