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Menopause: The Facts

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frequency by 36-50%, stroke frequency by 40%, and cervical hip fracture frequency (the result of osteoporosis) by 50%. Most importantly though, the use of substitution hormone therapy during the whole menopausal period helps us to remain young, attractive, and what is also of no small account - efficient much longer.

     Yet, in spite of all these advantages, doctors have not come to a common opinion if all women can use hormone therapy or only those with particular clinical indications. More than a thirty-years of using hormones doesn't give complete confidence in the absolute safety of this method. For example, it has been noted that women taking hormones experience breast cancer more often. Though scientists have counted that one woman who got breast cancer as a result of taking hormones accounts for six other women who avoided myocardial infarction under the same circumstances, the fact remains: Substitution hormone therapy is not absolutely safe. What's more, hormone therapy has so many contraindications that not every woman can reach the age of 40 having the health that fits this treatment mode.


From the point of modern medicine, artificial creation of the necessary hormones is really an intricate job, and from the point of the body itself, it is crude and cannot completely substitute the natural hormone cycle of a woman.


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What can you do to achieve the inevitable menopause in the best scenario - make it start later and affect your life the least? To begin with, ask your mother when she herself faced menopause, and ideally, her mother as well. Subtract 8-10 years from the average result of this inquiry and you will have the age when you should take exact measures.
If you donít have this information, make these calculations based on the average figures. According to specialists, a woman should see the forthcoming menopause when she is 35-38 years old because some changes happen in the body in about ten years before menopause starts. At the same time, according to the research of German scientists, if the amount of follicles in the ovaries reduces in arithmetical progression before you are 38, after this age it reduces in geometric series.


When your age approaches this tine (35-38), find a good specialist who is familiar with problems of menopause (which is still a rare thing in our country) and have a checkup. Modern diagnostic techniques help to determine that the body has started to get ready for menopause at the earliest stages.


Think of the question of whether to use hormone therapy beforehand; whether you agree to the interference in your body or not. It is important to answer this question beforehand because the earlier the treatment is started, the firmer your perspectives are.


What else can be done? Give up smoking at last. If you are over thirty, say no to strict diets and wasting starvations. Take vitamin-mineral supplements, but don't rely on the products that promise you to prolong the onset of menopause forever - this is impossible. Mainly, watch over your health. Finally, menopause, as well as old age, is fond of those who are not fond of themselves.


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1. Living at a height of 3000 meters and more above sea-level. Here menstruation stops a year and a half earlier then menstruation of women who live at height 1000 meters below the sea-level.

2. Unfavorable ecological situations. It hastens the beginning of menopause on average for 2-3 years.
     3. Smoking. Women smokers say goodbye to their hormone from a year and a half to five years earlier than nonsmokers.


4. Abrupt weight loss and long-lasting, low-calorie diets. After you are 35-40 years old, they can provoke premature menopause.


color:windowtext;mso-ansi-language:EN-US">3 menopause deterrents


1. Contraceptive pills. Women taking them during their lifetime usually experience menopause some years later.


2. Active sexual life. It also often delays menopause for several years.


3. Taking care of one's health. It can prolong life before menopause for 5 years.      However, the time of the first menstruation and the amount of pregnancies, abortions, and sexual partners don't influence the time of the beginning of menopause.

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