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Menopause causes varicose veins too?

by Sonia Chartier, on 25 May 2016, Circulation, Healthy legs - varicose veins, Women's Health
menopause and varicose veins

With summer just around the corner, it’s time to get out your shorts and bathing suits. Finally, you won’t be the only one in short sleeves complaining that it’s too hot out. So you put on your favourite shorts and there you see them: varicose veins!

But where did that come from? You ask yourself. If you’ve never had problems with your legs before, it may just be that your hormone levels are dropping through the floor. Yes, those darn hormones again…

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Spotting during perimenopause: a cause for concern?

by Sonia Chartier, on 20 April 2016, Menopause, Women's Health
spotting during perimenopause

Whether you call it spotting, staining or metrorrhagia, light bleeding between periods, or instead of them, is part of perimenopause.

Most of the time, spotting is nothing to worry about, but that’s not always the case…

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Menopause and weight gain

by Sonia Chartier, on 6 October 2014, Menopause, Women's Health
weight gain

After 40, many of us watch our bodies put on extra weight. Indeed, on average, our bodies gain a pound a year when we are in our 40s.  When women go through menopause, the physical and hormonal changes can exacerbate this weight gain.

Many women go on extreme diets to fight this. However, these are often ineffective, because diet is not the only culprit behind weight gain during menopause.  The weight gained during menopause is also more apparent: instead of being distributed throughout the body, it is held in the belly area, and once it settles in, it is difficult to lose.

Why the weight gain?

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Messed-up Hormones or Harmonious Menopause?

by Sonia Chartier, on 19 March 2014, Menopause, Women's Health
Messed-up Hormones or Harmonious Menopause?

The Function of Menopause

Menopause is a period in a woman’s life when her body undergoes many significant changes.

Though it’s often perceived as a disease, the real purpose of menopause is simply to prevent pregnancy at a time in a woman’s life when her body no longer has the capacity to support such a transformation.

The symptoms of menopause are only felt if there is an imbalance in the body. But with today’s hectic pace of life and high levels of stress, 88% of North American women suffer from menopause’s most prevalent symptom: the famous “hot flashes.”

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How to Deal with Menopause Symptoms – without Hormone Replacement Therapy

by Sonia Chartier, on 15 March 2014, Menopause, Women's Health
How to Deal with Menopause Symptoms

Natural Ways to Safely Transition off of HRT

With continuing uncertainty over the safety of long term use of Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), many women are seriously considering either coming off it or avoiding taking it altogether. However, finding a safe and effective replacement can be very confusing. So what can you do to escape the Menopausal Maze?

If you wish to come off HRT it is advisable to discuss this with your healthcare practitioner first and to plan the best way to stop.

Recent research suggests a gradual transition over three to four months is best. If you stop instantly you run the risk of developing severe symptoms. Also, remember to wait until you completely stop the HRT before introducing any other hormonal remedies.

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