Stages of Menopause

   What is menopause?

Menopause is a stage in a woman's life when she can no longer experience menstrual periods. During this period, the ovaries stop the release of eggs as well as the production of most of the estrogen. Estrogen is a type of hormone found in women which is responsible for both estrous and menstrual reproductive cycles. They form part of the primary female sex hormones.

   Stages of Menopause

Menopause takes place in 3 distinctive stages for those who experience it naturally. These are perimenopause, menopause and postmenopause.

1. Perimenopause

This stage occurs towards the end of menstruation. At this stage, the woman's ovaries are known to produce reduced numbers of sex hormones like estrogen, testosterone and progesterone. A women may sometimes experience irregular periods when the levels of these hormones fluctuate. This stage is associated with the following symptoms:

~ Development of insomnia

~ One experiences forgetfulness

~ Hot flushes are experienced

~ Urinary tract and tissues around the vagina become atrophied and dry making one to be uncomfortable during sex

~ Urinary tract infections become common

~ Weight gains

~ Mood swings

It should be noted that at this stage a woman is still capable of becoming pregnant. Test done by a doctor can be able to declare whether one is in perimenopause or not by. This is verified by conducting a blood test. High levels of FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) as well as reduced levels of estradiol together with the aforementioned symptoms provide a positive result.

To have a better control of the menstrual cycle while at this stage, one is advised to go for HRT (hormone replacement therapy). Some doctors recommend low doses of birth control pills as a method of hormone replacement therapy. Determining menopause in those who opt for hormone replacement therapy (HRT) or birth control pills is usually hard.

Averagely, perimenopause begins at the age of 47 years though some may experience it earlier and may extend for 2- 10 years. In most cases, a woman will enter menopause at the same age at her grandmother or mother entered though those who smoke may enter the stage 2-3 years earlier than non-smokers.

2. Menopause

The menopause can be termed as an isolated or single occurrence in the life of a woman: when her last period took place. Since it is hard to predict when the last period will occur, it considered a retrospective determination as it is known when no other period follows. Medical professionals declare this stage one a woman has gone for 12 consecutive months without experiencing a menstrual period.

During this stage, progesterone and estrogen levels have reduced permanently to levels which are extremely low. Here, production of eggs by the ovaries can no longer take place and thus getting pregnant naturally is not possible. There still a number of menopause symptoms which are associated with this stage:

~ Experiencing hot flushes

~ Night sweats are common

~ Sleep problems

~ Vaginal dryness

This stage can extend from 1-5 years depending on an individual. In most cases, it is associated with women who range from the age of 45-60 years.

3. Postmenopause

This stage occurs immediately after menopause to the rest of any woman's life. As the woman's body is releasing small amounts of estrogen, some symptoms such as hot flushes and vaginal dryness may still be common. The woman is prone to be a victim of diseases that are associated with low estrogen levels like osteoporosis, heart diseases and stroke.

To avoid such risks, women are advised to take part in activities which reduce the involve risks. They are encouraged to do regular exercise, eat a nutritious diet with low fat, and take diets that are rich in vitamin D, magnesium and calcium.

   Differences and Similarities between Perimenopause and Postmenopause

Postmenopause takes place after perimenopause has occurred and is permanent. It marks the end of a woman's fertile years as a woman stays it for the rest of her life. They affect a person's health differently. For instance, women who are at perimenopause can conceive while those at postmenopause cannot.

Options of treatment vary dependent on the stage of menopause. The safety profiles, benefits and risks of a given supplement, medication, hormone or surgical method may be different for those at postmenopause from those at perimenopause.

Health restoration measures at a given stage may be detrimental when applied in the other one. For instance, nonsmokers who are at the perimenopause stage and have severe hot flashes can be relieved when they take low does birth control pills whereas such medications are not suitable for one at the postmenopause stage. This is because such hormone levels might be too to be accommodated by her system.

Bleeding in the perimenopause stage might be expected a thing which should not be expected by those who are at the postmenopausal stage. Bleeding in the postmenopausal stages is a warning which one is supposed for medical attention.

It should be noted that postmenopause and perimenopause are two different terms which can never be interchangeable. One can be postmenopausal or perimenopausal but not menopausal and thus knowing the difference is very vital.

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The Best Essential Oils for Treating All Kinds of Illnesses

Like many other wholistic remedies, essential oils are a great way to improve overall health, treat cold and flu symptoms, calm nerves, elevate your mood and generally create a world that just all around smells better.

You could spend a fortune purchasing specialized essential oil blends that have been developed to treat specific ailments. These can be excellent, but the truth is, you don’t need to fork over a ton of cash to help yourself.

Essential oils are basically concentrated liquids containing key compounds from plants. They have been used for hundreds of years as a safe and effective medicine. There are a number of ways to make essential oils, but the most common forms involve distillation, cold-pressure and through the use of a solvent.

When it comes to aromatherapy, food-grade essential oils are not absolutely necessary. However, if you plan to consume an essential oil or apply it directly to your body through a lotion or oil blend, it wouldn’t hurt to go for the more costly food-grade oils sold in specialty stores like Lorann Oils rather than the basic essential oils sold in healthfood stores or online.

And be sure to read up on any essential oil you want to try. Many oils are fine to consume, but certain oils, such as camphor and pennyroyal, are toxic and should be applied only in tiny quantities, if at all.

Essential oils should never be taken internally without first diluting them. There are certain kinds of essential oils that can damage teeth or even make you very ill if taken in their concentrated forms.

There are many different kinds of essential oils that can be used to alleviate all kinds of ailments, but the following 10 essential oils can be used in a variety of ways to promote good health.


One of the great all-around essential oils, peppermint oil has a variety of uses that include easing digestion, calming nerves, relieving an upset stomach, reducing inflammation and repelling bugs.


Lavender essential oil is one of the most versatile essential oils out there. It is great for calming nerves and reducing fevers. It is even said to help lower blood pressure when used in aromatherapy. Applied topically, it is great to reduce inflammation and soothe bug bites and poison ivy.

   Tea Tree Oil 

Extracted from the Australian tea tree-really, more like a shrub-tea tree oil is one of the best antimicrobials out there. It is even said to be effective against so-called superbugs like MRSA. It is toxic, so extra care should be taken when applying to teeth or gums.


With that distinct smell, eucalyptus oil make a great all-around anti-inflammatory, decongestant, deodorant and antiseptic and antibacterial rub and spray.


Concentrated lemon essential oil can used for all kinds of applications, including as an antibacterial and antiviral cleaner. It is also great in cosmetic applications such as for helping to soothe and heal acne and scrapes and cuts.


Most people know about using citronella oil to keep those pesky bugs away, but it also makes a great deodorant and can even help combat fatigue.


Orange essential oil not only makes an excellent antibacterial spray, but is also good when used in aromatherapy to elevate a person’s mood and fight the effects of stress.


Kind of like those scented candles, but only much better, vanilla essential oils can be used after a hard day to calm nerves and help you relax.


This essential oil is commonly used as a bug repellant but is also known for relieving dandruff and other painful itches and stings. It is even said to help stimulate hair growth. It also has a long history of increasing memory, concentration, and even creativity.


Clove oil’s analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties make it a great go-to for topical applications. It’s great for on the spot treatment for toothaches and may help tide you over until you see your dentist. It is also great in aromatherapy for opening bronchial passages and relieving a stuffed-up nose.


Not so well-known, lemongrass essential oil is highly effective as an antibacterial. Used in topical applications like aftershaves, lemongrass oil will not only help fight skin disorders, but the smell will boost your mood and provide a great pick-me-up in the morning.

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