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8.
Menopause:  A Different Beast, Depending on Where you
Live.

Women are women, and menopause is menopause, right?  
Not necessarily.  An international team of experts finds that
the symptoms and age of  menopausal onset varies,
depending on where (and how) women live.

In 2010, a team of experts from the Palacios Institute of
Women’s Health in Madrin, Spain, and the Stanford
University School of Medicine, amongst others, including Dr.
S. Palacios with the first,  recorded the differences in the
onset of menopause and the “prevalence of climacteric
symptoms in different geographical areas.”  

After a database search, the team found that the median age
of menopause ranged highest in Europe (from 50.1 to 52.8
years), and lowest in Asia (from 42.1 to 49.5 years).  
Symptoms, too, varied “widely depending on the
geographical region,” so that the prevalence of symptoms
ranges from 74% of women in Europe, 36-50% in North
America, 45-69% in Latin America, and 22-63% in Asia.  

The team concluded that “there are wide geographical
differences in the prevalence of menopausal symptomatology
and some differences in the age of onset of menopause.”  

They also found that in Asia and Latin America, women of
“poorer socioeconomic status have significantly earlier onset
of menopause.”  The team concludes that these differences
are “important to acknowledge” and could help improve the
“approach to the management of menopause and an
understanding of its impact on women’s health in the
different regions of the world.”

While this information is interesting, it may be wise not to
take it too literally: growing up England and then moving to
China when you're 50, for example, may not decrease your
symptoms from menopause: commiserating (and coping)
with those who grew up near where you did, on the other
hand, may be a good way to play the geographical-
menopausal hand you've been dealt.  

9.
Yoga: Stretch Away the Psychological Symptoms of
Menopause































Menopause not only affects a woman's body: for many, the
condition affects her mind, emotions, and psychology.  The
Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Women's Mental
Health informs that menopausal women often experience
insomnia, memory problems, and, most importantly,
depression  (see above).  

Fortunately, a study in Germany offers a possible solution for
the psychological setbacks from menopause, at least for a
little while: a little bit of yoga.

In 2012, Holger Cramer and others with the Department of
Complementary and Integrative Medicine at the University of
Duisburg-Essen in Germany  analyzed the effectiveness of
yoga for menopausal symptoms by systematically reviewing
5 randomized control trials including 582 participants.  

These studies showed “moderate evidence for short-term
effectiveness of yoga for psychological symptoms in
menopausal women,” so that yoga could be “recommended
as an additional intervention for women who suffer from
psychological complaints associated with menopause.”

Yoga's "short-term effectiveness" for the psychological
hardships of menopause should not be disappointing for
those seeking a relief: rather, incorporating yoga into the life
changes, and management of those changes, happening with
menopause may be a helpful, healthy part of a new lifestyle.

10.
Education Programs for Menopause: Homework for the
Middle-Aged

Just when we feel like we've finally figured it out after four
or five decades of life, we realize that we might need even
more school -- at least, if we want to better manage the
changes arising with menopause.

In 2011, Jung Suk Park at the Ilsin Christian Hospital and
Young Eun Lee with the College of Nursing at Kosin
University, both in Korea,  examined the efficacy of an
“integrated menopause management program” for 37
middle aged women experiencing menopause.  Those
participating in the program were educated for “1 hour
group interchange activity and five minutes individual
interchange activity” weekly for 8 weeks.  Compared to
control, the participants demonstrated “significantly lower”
menopause symptoms, and higher “menopause
management,” so that integrated menopause management
programs could be “an effective intervention” for middle
aged women.

If you've made it to menopause, you've probably made it
through harder times. Try to make it easier on yourself and
be smart about menopause management.  Yes, that may
mean that you have to ask for help and join "management
programs" -- but don't you think that by now you deserve
having someone else in charge of what's best?

10.
What Did You Say? --Menopause Has Been Linked with
Hearing Loss

A study in 2015 found that women experience a sometimes
dramatic hearing decline after the onset of menopause. The
study, from the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, studied 100
women for a period of 10 years starting at age 51. The
scientists discovered a "continuous hearing decline at all
frequencies".

Bonus Tip:

11.
Want to Keep Having Sex After Menopause?  Plan Early.

Sex is about being in the moment, about the passionate
present, right?  Not necessarily.  Research from Pittsburgh
suggests that the way women live their lives --
philosophically -- before menopause, may influence the sex
life that they have after menopause.

In 2011, Dr. Beth Prairie with the Department of Obstetrics
at the University of Pittsburgh and other experts  set out to
better understand what happens to the sex lives of women
when they've reached the age range of menopause.  677
women between the ages of 40 and 65 years completed the
"Life Engagement Test," a "measure of life purpose," and

provided information about their "sexual well-being."  
Results showed that "a higher sense of purpose in life" was
associated with "higher levels of enjoyment" in sexual
activity.  

If you want to make sure sex remains a part of your post-
menopausal life (whether the menopause is your own or
that of your partner), try to examine the life you (or she)
lead/s before menopause: if there's no apparent "higher
sense of purpose" you may want to work on finding one --
your post-menopausal sex life is at stake!

Remember, too, that menopause is a normal part of the cylce
-- the seasons -- of life. And though it may now seem like
the start of winter, remember that winter is inevitably
followed by spring. Use menopause as a trigger to start a
new phase of renewal in your life. Start to think differently,
especially about your health.


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