Menopause is not a disease, but a new phase in an older woman’s life, it usually causes ovulation to cease and consequently menstruation stops. This natural progression in life starts many years before menopause symptoms actually begin to show. Hormone levels can fluctuate for several years before eventually becoming so low that the endometrium stays thin and does not bleed. Normally the ovaries start to slow the production of hormones like estrogen, testosterone and progesterone. Although estrogen is an important sex and reproductive hormone, it is also present in many non reproductive organs and the body uses estrogen for many other functions, like bone formation, heart, liver breast and bladder function, it is need as well to keep the skin moist and healthy, and to regulate body temperature.
Low estrogen levels causes changes in collagen production, affecting hair, nails, skin and tendons. The skin may become dryer, thinner, less elastic, more prone to bruising and skin itching may occur.
The main symptoms of menopause are Hot flushes, Night sweats, Palpitations, Insomnia, Joint aches, Headaches, Vaginal dryness. On the long run the shortage of estrogen contributes to developing heart disease, cardiovascular problems, osteoporosis, tooth decay, and a variety of vaginal complications.
Many of the symptoms and discomforts experienced during menopause can be relieved by using natural home remedies, things like changing your diet and using some very specific herbs have shown remarkable improvements in women going through menopause.
Neal Smoller proprietor of Village Apothecary in Saugerties and Woodstock Apothecary in Woodstock will be in this years Expo discussing natural remedies for menopause and women’s health issues as well as nutritional and lifestyle modifications that will aid in the challenges of the ‘change of life’ transition. In his workshop we will learn about the causes of the symptoms of menopause and the natural solutions that are often overlooked.
Menopause doesn’t have to be a nightmare, it’s all a matter of learning what works for you and what will help relieve some of the symptoms that we experience when we go through menopause. This stage in our lives should be rich and fulfilling, it shouldn’t be controlled by hot flashes and mood swings. There’s a lot more to life & we all deserve to be able to enjoy it.