Embrace the Change

Menopause is the time in a woman’s life when her period has ceased to exist for at least 12 months straight.  It can be a mixture of relief and sadness.  Relief that monthly cycles have ceased with the inconvenience of pain and pads as well as the risk of becoming pregnant. But also sadness, knowing that the dream of having a child is impossible without the intervention of medical procedures or hormone treatments.  In any case, there are many strange things that happen to the body.

Physically, there is an increased risk of weight gain––particularly in the middle––headaches, back pain, and changes in armor and skin. Hot flashes, joint pain, stiffness, and urinary incontinence are also common. Emotionally, someone going through this is at times irritable and has trouble sleeping anxiety, and lack of concentration. Sexual desire also lessens during this period. Gastrointestinal problems, including bloating, may also occur.

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