By Linda Laucella

Presents the solutions to the danger and advantages of traditional and replacement remedies for menopausal signs.

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How Long Does Premenopause Last? Premenopause can last only months or for years. Some women skip the premenopausal phase altogether and suddenly begin experiencing the signs that they have entered the menopausal transition. Page 2 What Are the Common Signs of Premenopause? The most common physical and emotional indications of premenopause include one or more of the following: · Menstrual changes may include missed or light periods, painful periods with severe cramping, heavy bleeding, or clotting, frequent periods, or spotting between periods.

Other women prefer more natural hormones, programs, and remedies that may include nutritional supplements, herbs, or acupuncture, with the guidance of alternative health-care professionals, along with dietary and lifestyle changes. Many women combine elements of these various approaches. Every woman is unique. How do you decide what is right for you? First, learn as much as you can about your own body and about the healthcare options available to you. Talk with health-care professionals you trust, those who really listen to you and seem genuinely interested in your well-being.

When ovarian hormone production diminishes, cells, tissues, and organs within the body that were supported and stimulated by those hormones are adjusting to the change. During this time, a woman's dietary and lifestyle habits can enhance her future health and reduce the chances of her developing more serious health problems that may occur after menopause. What Are the Long-Term Effects of Menopause on a Woman's Body? Postmenopausal physical changes may include: · Pelvic organ atrophy leading to sagging internal tissues and organs, including the uterus, vagina, and bladder.

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