Thursday, July 7, 2011

My Bubble: The Arrival Of Peri-Menopause!

What is peri-menopause?

Peri-menopause is what some people call "being in menopause" or "going through menopause." It is the time leading up to menopause when you start to notice menopause-related changes. Menopause marks the end of a woman's reproductive years which commonly starts from the age of 55 onwards.

Well, my signals are here! My reproductive system has started its own shutdown process as I fit right inside the common age bracket of 45-55 years. Peri-menopausal symptoms can differ from one woman to another but in general, the arrival of peri-menopause includes a variety of uncomfortable changes such as irregular menses, hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, mood swings and heart palpitations.

Since I've undergone an hysterectomy several years back, I can't really rely on my menses anymore to provide an indicator of my body's changing phase to end my womanhood ... the loss of fertility, the loss of youth and the loss of inner vitality.

Does this mean it's a downhill journey for me? Should I accept it as every woman's dreaded curse and accept physical decline, mental deterioration and assume my lack of social worth?

I am conscious about the peri-menopausal symptoms I'm experiencing now and there's no denying that I am anxious about the scale of discomfort and health complications on the onset of menopause. However, I do realised this is something that I can't run away from. Whether I like it of not, I will have to endure through it!

To all women who are redefining their womanhood today, let's make the best of this inevitable call from nature and embrace the new era in our life by keeping in mind what health experts have continually advised us;

1. Tend to our Body: Pay attention to the needs of our physical body. Get enough rest and relaxation. Pamper ourself and show our body love. Maintain our health through exercise and proper nutrition.

2. Tend to our Mind: Menopause is not the beginning of mental decline. Instead, it is a time to expand our knowledge and embrace new ideas. Reflect on our past and acknowledge our emotions. Read books, magazines, and newspapers to absorb new information.

3. Tend to our Spirit: Menopause is a time for spiritual growth. Try meditation to get in touch with the inner-self. Take up our spiritual beliefs and nurture our spiritual health.

"At menopause, everyone around you is freezing cold but you have your personal fan turned on to turbo cool!"

1 Bubbles:

Menopause will always be a part of a woman's life. So it is better to know at what age does menopause start to prevent some of it.