Menopause Women’s Health & How You Can Stay Healthy During And After Menopause

Menopause womens health explained along with my own womens health experience while going through menopause.

When I knew I was beginning menopause I was very concerned that I was going to have the same difficult menopause womens health experiences that my mother had… extreme mood swings, debilitating hot flashes, extreme fatigue, and so on.

However when I asked my doctor about the possibility that I would go through menopause like my mother he gave me some wise advice. He said that menopause is a natural stage in a woman’s life and that more than likely my mother had a more difficult time with menopause because she was in overall poor health.

He told me that because I was in good health, I could expect to have a different menopause womens health experience. And my doctor was absolutely right!

Menopause Womens Health
Starts With The Basics!

Staying healthy has always been a priority for me and I have done this by following some very basic menopause & womens health principles. For the most part staying healthy is just plain common sense.

  1. Menopause Womens Health – Breathe Deeply

Breathing is essential to life. Our bodies exchange carbon dioxide for oxygen to keep each cell in our bodies alive and functioning. This rich supply of oxygen can make the difference between feeling tired and stressed and youthful and focused.

Deep breathing not only brings oxygen into our bodies; it also removes more waste than any other body process. Deep breathing gets the oxygen our bodies need into our bloodstream and then into our cells.

Our cells need oxygen to burn nutrients like sugars to produce energy that fuels everything the cell does. Our cells cannot produce oxygen and that is why when they are deprived of oxygen even for just a few minutes they die.

Some of the benefits of breathing deeply are:

  • Cancer cells, germs, fungi and bacteria cannot survive in an oxygen rich environment
  • 75% of body toxins are removed by deep breathing
  • Breathing deeply maximizes your lung capacity
  • The oxygen your body gets from deep breathing is used by the body to displace toxic free radicals
  • Deep breathing helps you handle stress
  1. Menopause Womens Health – Regular Exercise

What better way to breathe deeply than to get regular physical exercise? Getting regular exercise means we will have to elevate our heart rate and our breathing. Whatever exercise we choose will increase our circulation delivering oxygen to our cells.

Exercise enables our Lymphatic system to purge our body of toxins. Exercise triggers our brain to release health giving hormones and enzymes that bolster our immune system.

Some of the benefits of regular exercise are:

  • Strengthening our heart, lungs and circulatory system
  • Building our energy levels so we can be more active
  • Managing our weight so we look and feel fit and healthy
  • Strengthening our bones and preserving bone mass
  • Prevents and reduces the risk of osteoporosis
  • Improved sleep
  • Improved sense of emotional well being
  1. Menopause Womens Health – Drink Water

Our body is made up of 70% water, so it stands to reason that drinking water in the right amount everyday is an essential part of staying healthy. Our body cannot store water so we need to drink water throughout the day.

Water is essential to all our body functions: respiration, circulation, digestion, brain function, joint function, blood production and waste removal.

Some of the benefits of drinking water:

  • Adequate water consumption prevents toxic build up in our bodies
  • Drinking water helps clear the toxins from our body encouraging fiber to cleanse the system without becoming impacted
  • Water is essential to nerve impulse transmission
  • Water is essential for youthful, healthy skin
  • Water lubricates the joints and tissues in our bodies
  1. Menopause Womens Health – Eat Nutritious Food

This one should be obvious. Eating good food provides our bodies with the essential building blocks for growth, maintenance and repair, and the energy we need to live our lives to the fullest. With menopause womens health it’s even more critical to eat properly.

A balanced diet, rich in whole foods, combined with quality nutritional supplements created to meet our specific needs will give us the energy we need and the necessary nutrients to maintain a healthy immune system.

The kind of food we eat has the most profound impact on our bodies. For example, eating too much refined sugars and caffeine can lead to blood sugar fluctuations, mood swings and irritability. Eating too many starches can drain us of energy and stamina.

Eating too much highly processed and fatty foods can give us digestive problems like heartburn, gas and bloating. And plain and simple, eating the wrong kind of foods and over eating are the main causes of weight gain.

In essence, food is the most powerful drug we consume; however, with the lifestyles many of us lead today it is difficult to have a balanced diet. Not only that, it is questionable as to whether the food we purchase to eat contains the best nutritional value.

So it is essential to add good nutritional supplements to our diet to make sure we are giving our bodies everything they need. This is especially important for women going through menopause and in particular good menopause womens health.

  1. Menopause Womens Health – Get Enough Sleep

This one can sometimes be difficult for women going through menopause. However, good sleep is essential because it signals our body’s cells, systems and organs that it is time to repair, rejuvenate and rebuild. Getting enough sleep also has a powerful impact on our emotional health, a crucial factor for the menopausal woman.

Sleep is also the time that our brain produces the hormones and enzymes essential to regulate the production of HGH (Human Growth Hormone). When the body is deprived of sleep, HGH production is limited and can contribute to:

  • More free radical production and less antioxidant production
  • Aging and wrinkles
  • Decreased libido and sexual performance
  • Hormone imbalance in women
  • Insufficient testosterone in men
  • Weight gain
  1. Menopause Womens Health – Emotional and Spiritual Health

Being emotionally and spiritually healthy are intrinsic aspects of our physical health. As women going through menopause we know how the changes happening in our bodies and the changes happening in our lives profoundly influence our emotional and spiritual well being.

So don’t lose sight of this and do whatever you need to stay emotionally and spiritually healthy. Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it!

Traditional and Alternative Menopause Treatments

Traditional Menopause Treatments

By traditional menopause treatments, I am referring to treatments prescribed by your medical practitioner.

My goal here is to briefly outline some of the main medical menopause treatments available. I will explore these in more detail in another section.

When a woman is in peri menopause a doctor may suggest birth control pills particularly if you are having problems with very heavy, frequent or unpredictable menstrual periods. Birth control pills will make your periods more regular and may also help with menopause symptoms like hot flashes.

However, birth control pills can mask the arrival of menopause. If you are taking the pill for menopause symptom relief, you can stop taking it for awhile and see if you start having regular menstrual periods again. This can become a problem if you are already taking the pill as a contraceptive.

Of course, for menopause your doctor may suggest you take the most commonly prescribed medication for balancing hormones and menopause symptom relief, hormone replacement therapy or HRT. Hormone replacement therapy usually involves taking a combination of estrogen plus progestin.

HRT can be taken in many forms: pills, skin patches, creams, or vaginal inserts depending on the woman. HRT may relieve the symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes and help reduce bone loss, but hormone replacement therapy does have its risks.

Alternative Menopause Treatments

By alternative menopause treatments, I am referring to menopause treatments suggested by a naturopath, homeopath and the many natural nutritional supplements available that are effective in menopause symptom relief.

Again, my goal here is to briefly outline some of the main alternative menopause treatments or natural menopause treatments available for menopause. I will explore these in more detail in another section.

These natural products available for menopause symptom relief contain phytoestrogens or estrogen-like substances. These are found in cereals, vegetables, legumes and herbs.

Soy, wild yam, black cohosh, red clover, evening primrose oil, bilberry and dong quai are foods and herbs that contain phytoestrogens which may relieve symptoms of menopause naturally.

For the most part herbal remedies used as menopause treatments are safe. Herbal sources are even used in the manufacture of some of the traditional menopause treatments such as estrogen and progesterone.

Small plant compounds can produce the desired effects of estrogen and progesterone in a woman’s body, particularly if her symptoms are not too severe.

In the U.S. the limited scientific studies carried out using herbal remedies to treat menopause symptoms have been encouraging. In Germany 70% of physicians prescribe herbal remedies to treat the symptoms of menopause. A recent study done in the UK shows many women are seeking natural alternatives for hormone replacement therapy.

I will tell you why, because STUDIES have shown estrogen with progesterone in proper levels won’t, WON’T cause breast cancer. Estrogen unopposed will cause breast cancer.

Remember the women’s health initiative study that stirred the medical community and rocked the pharmaceutical company’s profits?

Well that study proved that synthetics caused more cancer problems and a whole host of other problems. Now, if the essential sex hormones were the culprits, we would all have cancer at an early age. Let’s look at our food supplies and pollution consumption.

Yes consumption. Our foods are laden with pesticides and herbacides, the air we breath contains pollutants; these become weak estrogens. Our meat industry continues to pump estrogen into the meats to enlarge them for more profit.

Now, you combine these two estrogenic consumed products- you have too much estrogen without the opposing progesterone.

Estrogen tells cells to multiply where as progesterone tells the cells to stop and “get on with their appointed job”. Without progesterone, estrogen will have free reign and begin to tell the cells to continue to multiply, they won’t stop until told.

Synthetic hormones won’t help because the body only recognize bodily identical hormones in order for them to be of any use, any thing else will be stored in the fat cells–INDEFINITELY!

The medical community’s answer for taking care of the unopposed estrogen is to take out the ovaries! You take out the ovaries you take out the main source of progesterone. Now, the women will have low to no progesterone output stopping the natural function of estrogen.

Estrogen happily continues to tell the cells to multiply. The medical community is still baffled and prescribes synthetic estrogen and PROGESTIN (not the same as progesterone) causing more problems: more estrogen and synthetics will now be stored in the fat cells.

AAHHHH! I don’t need to watch horror shows, I read medical information!

Menopause Treatments

Every day about 4,000 women enter menopause. It is a natural biological event when a woman finds herself free of PMS, menstruation and birth control issues.

As women we could gladly welcome this time of her life with excitement, but for all too many women the menopause symptoms that typically follow – hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, fatigue, foggy thinking, weight gain, insomnia – often bring nothing but physical and emotional stress.

Thus, these problems raise the necessity of finding effective menopause treatments.

The subject of menopause treatments is actually a topic that is very broad.

By saying menopause treatments it may sound as if we are treating a disease, but what we are really discussing are treatments that will help reduce the impact of symptoms during menopause and treatments that will support a woman through all the phases of menopause.

The ultimate goal is to arrive at the second stage of your life in good health.

This discussion of treatments for menopause falls into two categories: traditional menopause treatments and alternative treatments. Whichever category of treatment a woman chooses, traditional menopause treatments or alternative menopause treatments, is really up to her, along with the advice of a health care professional.

As we have said previously, menopause occurs due to the declining levels of the hormones estrogen and progesterone causing changes in your monthly menstrual cycle. These hormones are important for keeping the vagina and uterus healthy.

Estrogen also helps keep bones healthy and helps a woman maintain a good cholesterol level in her blood. So the aim of any menopause treatments is to aid a woman’s body in finding the right balance as hormone levels decrease.

The discussion of menopause treatments is important as well because even though menopause is not a disease, a woman is at greater risk of experiencing two serious health challenges after menopause: Osteoporosis and Heart Disease, if she does not seek some treatment in this phase of her life.

As we go through menopause, the changes in our body related to osteoporosis and heart disease can occur unnoticed:


Our body is always breaking down old bone and replacing it with new healthy bone. However, for women in menopause the loss of estrogen causes more bone to be lost than is replaced, and this loss of bone tissue can weaken our bones and cause osteoporosis.

When too much bone is lost, bones become thin and weak and can break easily. Many women do not know they have weak bones until they break a wrist, hip or spine bone (vertebrae). Doctors can test bone density to find out if a woman is at risk for osteoporosis.

Heart Disease

The risk of heart disease may increase for women due to age, increased weight, high blood pressure, cholesterol levels, high homocysteine levels in the blood, and lifestyle choices like smoking, poor nutrition, lack of exercise.

However, after menopause a woman’s risk of heart disease is almost the same as a man’s because estrogen acts as a guard in the cardiovascular system against heart disease, and as the level of estrogen decreases the guard is reduced.