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The good news is that the symptoms of menopause do not last forever. Hot flashes, insomnia, mood swings, headaches, bloating, fatigue, and other menopause symptoms tend to appear for a year or two during peri menopause or shortly after, and then disappear.
The bad news is, once you go through menopause, you will never be the same. That is, your body will never be the same. Menopausal symptoms may go away, but there could be other, long-term issues to deal with, such as the fact that your muscles tend to break down much faster now, so that if you don't exercise, you will find yourself getting weaker faster than you used to. Osteoporosis, breast cancer, heart disease and diabetes are now urgent concerns if you have tendencies toward those diseases.
Some women seem to breeze through their menopausal years without enough symptoms to even notice. I don't know how this happens, because I was pretty much the opposite. I have low thyroid and a body that seems designed to manufacture as much fat as possible.
These two factors alone have contributed to more health issues in the last 10 years than I have had in my entire life! And I am still having hot flashes (even with bioidentical hormone therapy) three years after my last period. I know women who never got them at all, and I know women who have had them for over five years.
Even if you are taking thyroid medication, there are so many issues with proper diagnosis and treatment of this condition that there is a good chance you will have a more difficult menopause if you have a low thyroid condition. For more information about this, see thyroid and menopause
Fortunately I had studied herbal medicine before I hit menopause, and as I began to have more and more symptoms, I went back to what I had learned in school, and read as much information as I could find about natural remedies for menopause. I have avoided drugs and traditional hrt. If you want to learn about herbs for menopause or vitamins for menopause or other menopause remedies, you have come to the right place.
Here are a few suggestions to get you started:
Good luck on your journey, and please feel free to ask any questions or make any comments you would like to as you browse the site.
June 12, 2011Natural Approaches to Menopause > Menopause Symptoms > How Long Does Menopause Last