Hot Flashes, Night Sweats and Mood Swings, Oh My!

"Men-o-pause" may sound funny but it's no laughing matter to millions of women around the world.  

What Is Menopause, Exactly?

Simply put, menopause occurs when a woman's ovaries stop producing estrogen and progesterone. A woman reaches menopause when a full year has passed without a period.  However, the months and even years leading up to menopause, known as "peri-menopause", are often full of hot flashes and night sweats, mood swings, sleepless nights, hair loss, trouble focusing and weight gain. The average age when menopause begins in most women is 49 to 51, but some women can begin experiencing symptoms as early as 40 years of age.  

The standard medical solution to this natural time in a woman's life is to prescribe medications to relieve the symptoms, but this across-the-board treatment doesn't take into account the complexity of each woman's health history. In addition, it's been proven overwhelmingly that conventional hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is, in fact, dangerous. 

Some of the more common prescriptions that should be avoided are: