Menopause Tips - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/18/07

Menopause Tips

The scientific explanation for the so-called change of life is that Menopause is a hormonal change which triggers a decrease in estrogen. Bottom line, many women live in fear of Menopause because you hear such terrible stories from other women who have already suffered through what they call miserable symptoms. 

"I had severe night sweats, hot flashes during the day, but severe at night, I wasn't sleeping at all, I was waking up four or five times a night," said Philomena Quinn, a patient. 

Some stories are worse than that, since symptoms can include hot flashes, sleep disturbances, mood swings and weight gain. But, turns out, those are the extremes. Women's health expert Dr. Joann Manson says contrary to popular belief, most women find that Menopause is not that big a deal.

"About eighty percent of women, will have some symptoms as they go through Menopause. Some hot flashes or night sweats, but often very mild and easily tolerated. In fact, it's only one in five women who have symptoms severe enough who need prescription medication,"  endocrinologist Joann Mason said.

Dr. Mason says most women can get by with simple lifestyle changes, like keeping your environment cool, wearing layers so you can adjust if a hot flash strikes and a change in diet, decrease caffeine, alcohol and spicy foods.

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