Amidst other stress
syndromes Common with the female sex, Menopause is yet another issue that has engaged the worry of most average and well-thought ladies.
The ceasation of ovarian function, stopping of the menstrual cycle and the end of the reproductive years, Menopause is a natural event in a woman’s life. It usually occurs between the ages of 42-55. The average age is about 50 and the transition is generally up to five years.
While this is occurring, there tends to be a hormone starvation, since menopause usually results from a decreased production of the female sex hormones (estrogen and progesterone) Particularly, the estrogen, which the reduced supply increases the possibility of cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis and vaginal atrophy.
Natural Remedies Encyclopedia, sixth edition, reveals that menopause comes along with insomnia, hot flashes, irritability, backaches, disturbances in calcium metabolism, dizziness, mental instability, bladder problems, headaces, dryness and aging of the skin, shortness of breath and heart palpitations. Some women however, have almost no symptom at all, other than the absence of menses.
With all its accompanied experiences, most of which are unpleasant and even undesirable, the average woman deploys every tool within her reach to avoid the stresses as they not only drastically reduces her value to her man but affect her general output to the economic barn of the family as the years roll on.
Although it could be termed an age of younger-aged marriages, there are yet ladies who do not get married until the ages of 35-40. Such, so close to the menopausal age, it is wonder then the worth or relevance of such women in their matrimonial homes in the nearest years. Another tool then for infidelity, complex, anxiety and fears in most marriages today.
As natural as it is, the woman, not being able to change the situation, rationally endures it. Unfortunately, most menopause don’t proceed normally, but accompanies even more dreadful symptoms, leaving the woman restless and susceptible to more external health influences. However, when it does proceeds normally, the adrenals and liver increase their output of female hormones, mating up the difference from the lost ovarian function.
According to a Director in the State Civil Service, “(menopause is entirely another phase of life for the woman. Ordinarily, the woman feels that she would have her body back in her hands having been through with childbearing. But no. The stress is sometimes so much that you wonder if your problem is more than a medical health issue”.
Nonetheless, as part of measures to keep the woman a little free from the stress of the time (menopausal age), it has become popular to take estrogen supplements to prevent or postpone menopausal symptoms. But, it should be noted that there is an increased risk of cancer when this is done unwisely.
While it is recommended that oral estrogen should not be accompanied by progesterone because of its high risk of cancer particularly of the uterus and breast, synthetic, not natural estrogens are given in Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT). These tend to accumulate in the body and can also cause metabolic changes in the liver which can lead to high blood pressure, fluid retention and blood clots.
But, natural estrogens are available one of which is the equine estrogen. Extracted from the urine of pregnant mares, it is very powerful and may also cause some changes in the liver to the extent that smokers, obessed women with high blood pressure and cholesterol or varicose veins are advised against it. Somewhat safer estrogens are Estropipate (Ogen) and Estradiol.
These are all metabolised more easily by the body but only the smallest possible dose should be used and taken every other day.
Estrogen is the popular female sex hormone and most wanted for the proper functioning of the woman, thus, even desired to be replaced at menopause. Recent studies is proving that it is even more important to replace the lessened progesterone than that of estrogen. Natural progesterone-like creams (from the herb, wild yam, which contains diosgenin) provide a simplified way to do this and so many women have been helped by doing so.
Apart from the broadened HRT which can be expensive and sometimes cumbersome except for the average and learned woman, there are other simplified means of coping with the stresses with less expense. Unfortunately, ignorance has caused a lot of sufferings among women mostly of the lower class which this edition is focused on alleviating.
Simply put, there are some simple ways of living a somewhat stress free. Menopausal life:·Raw fruits and vegetable juices, brewer’s yeast, lecithin and cold-pressed vegetable oils are needed in the system. The diet should be at least 50 percent raw food.·If estrogen (hormone replacement) therapy is begun, take vitamin E several hours earlier or later and not at the same time. Taking it up to 1,200 IU is especially important during this time. ·In addition, generous amounts of vitamins B6 (500mg) B12 (1000mg), Vitamin C(1000mg) and folic acid (5mg) will make the estrogen therapy more effective, especially as Vitamin C works with bioflavonoids to maintain capillary strength.
·It is very important that sufficient calcium (4000mg) be taken to maintain a proper calcium-phosphorus balance. As menopause sets in, the woman lacks enough calcium in the body due to the lessened estrogen; thus, it becomes important that calcium supplement be taken henceforth.·An increase in protein and reduction in carbohydrates is recommended at this time. Maintain an adequate intake of Vitamin D (1000 IU), Iron (50mg) and magnesium (1000 mg). Do not use alcohol, caffeine, spicy foods, sugar, hot soups or drinks. They make the emotions to swing worse and the blood more acidic. This causes the bones to release extra calcium to balance the blood PH and weaken the bones if extra calcium is taken.·
Substitute garlic & onion powder for salt. Consuming salt increases urinary excretion of calcium.·Drink plenty of water each day to avoid drying of the skin mucous membranes.·Avoid mental and emotional stress and worry. Always be happy with yourself no matter what.·Get plenty of outdoor exercise and sufficient rest. A lack of exercise weakens the body density. ·Endeavour to be calm and relaxed. Only do one thing at a time and avoid becoming anxious.
·In all, proper diet, nutritional supplements, exercise and adequate rest can minimize the effects of menopause.
Lady Godknows Ogbelu
250,000 Women Suffering From VVF
No fewer 250,000 women are battling Vesico Vaginal Fistula (VVF) in the country.
However, only 3,000 of that number are fortunate enough to be attended to annually.
This was revealed by Board Chairman, North-East Development Commission (NEDC), Maj-Gen Paul Tarfa, during the flag-off of Free Fistula Repair Campaign Project (FFRCP) by the commission in collaboration with the Borno State Government, yesterday.
VVF is an abnormal fistulous tract extending between the bladder and the vagina that allows the continuous involuntary discharge of urine into the vaginal vault.
VVF patients are usually underage/child-brides, who develop the condition mostly after childbirth.
However, experts list the causes of VVF to include abdominal surgery (hysterectomy or caesarean section); pelvic, cervical, or colon cancer; radiation treatment; bowel disease like Crohn’s or diverticulitis; infection (including after an episiotomy or a tear you had when you gave birth) and traumatic injury, such as from a car accident.
Meanwhile, in his goodwill message at the ceremony, the NEDC Board Chairman, Maj-Gen Paul Tarfa, represented by the Board member North-West zone, Hajiya Asmau Mai-Eka Muhammadu, said only 3,000 of the 250,000 VVF victims get attended to.
According to Tarfa, “Statistics indicate that there are about 250,000 women awaiting repair in Nigeria, out of which only 3,000 are fortunate to be attended to annually.
“12,000 new cases develop every year with large numbers coming from the North-East due to the insecurity and increased poverty, which further hindered access to health care.
“It is, therefore, important that all efforts are made to bring succour to this vulnerable group of women to enable them pick the pieces of their lives, by offering them a new lease for meaningful existence within their respective communities.”
The wife of the governor, Dr. Falmata Zulum, flagged off the fistula repair project (FFRCP) at the Conference Hall, State Specialist Hospital in Maiduguri.
It was also revealed that 100 women victims have undergone successful corrective surgery at the hospital.
Assemblies Of God Women Move To Check Hypertension Prevalence
As the women of Assemblies of God, Ikwerre -South District, aka Canaan City, converged for a three-day religious summit in Alakahia, Port Harcourt, the need for a careful living to check the prevalence of high blood pressure, otherwise called hypertension, has been reechoed. This is part of the obligations of the management of the women department at the district level, at improving the wellbeing of its members.
Hypertension is a health condition in which the force of the blood against the artery walls is too high. Usually, it is defined as blood pressure above 140/90, and considered severe if the pressure is above 180/120.
Addressing participants at the conference, recently, Dr Okpako Ebruphiyo highlighted age, black race, family history, overweight and sedentary living as risk factors for hypertension and cautioned them against the intake of alcohol and table salt as such ingredients are not only capable of provoking high blood pressure, but could exacerbate its existence in the body.
The medical expert who emphasised the imperative for body relaxation as a measure against stress, called for regular exercise, regular medical checkup as well as intake of less carbohydrate with more vegetables. Referring to hypertension as a silent killer, she warned that a careless attitude towards it would lead to stroke, aneurysm, heart failure, weakened and narrowed blood vessels in kidneys, thickened, narrowed or torn blood vessels in the eyes. Others include metabolic syndrome, trouble with memory or understanding and dementia.
Hypertension is the most common modifiable risk factor for cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death in both men and women. The prevalence and severity of hypertension rise markedly with age, and blood pressure control becomes more difficult with aging in both genders, particularly in women. According to research, hypertension is less common in women, compared with men, in those younger than 65 years of age, but is more common in elderly (65 years and older) women than men.
As a primary risk factor for cardiovascular disease, keeping blood pressure under control is vital for preserving health and reducing the risk of these dangerous conditions.
By: Sylvia ThankGod-Amadi
Want Your Marriage To Work?
Everyone you marry has a weakness. Only God does not have a weakness. So if you focus on your spouse’s weakness you can’t get the best out of his/her strength.
Everyone has a dark history. No one is an angel. When you get married or you want to get married, stop digging into someone’s past. What matters most is the present life of your partner. Old things have passed away. Forgive and forget. Focus on the present and the future.
Every marriage has its own challenges. Marriage is not a bed of roses. Every good marriage has gone through its own test of blazing fire. True love proves in times of challenges. Fight for your marriage. Make up your mind to stay with your spouse in times of need. Remember the vow: For better for worse. In sickness and in health be there.
Every marriage has different levels of success. Don’t compare your marriage with that of any one else. We can never be equal. Some will be far, some behind. To avoid marriage stresses, be patient, work hard and with time your marriage dreams shall come true.
To get married is declaring war. When you get married you must declare war against enemies of marriage. Some enemies of marriage are:
Ignorance, Prayerlessness, Unforgiveness, Third party influence, Stinginess, Stubbornness Lack of love, Rudeness, Laziness, Disrespect, Cheating etc. Be ready to fight to maintain your marriage zone.
There is no perfect marriage. There is no ready – made marriage. Marriage is hard work. Volunteer yourself to work daily on it. Marriage is like a car that needs proper maintenance and proper service. If this is not done it will break down somewhere exposing the owner to danger, or some unhealthy circumstances. Let us not be careless about our marriages.
God cannot give you a complete person you desire. He gives you the person in the form of raw materials in order for you to mold the person into what you desire. This can only be achieved through prayer, love and Patience
Getting married is taking a huge risk. You can not predict what will happen in the future. Situations may change so leave room for adjustments. Husband can lose his good job or you may fail to have babies. All these require you to be prayerful otherwise you might divorce.
Marriage is not a contract. It is permanent. It needs total commitment. Love is the glue that sticks the couple together. Divorce starts in the mind and the devil feeds the mind. Never ever entertain thoughts of getting a divorce. Never threaten your spouse with divorce. Choose to remain married. God hates divorce.
Every marriage has a price to pay. Marriage is like a bank account. It is the money that you deposit that you withdraw. If you don’t deposit love, peace and care into your marriage, you are not a candidate for a blissful home.
So today let us pray for our marriages.
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