More than one third of the women in the United States, about 36 million, have been through menopause. Women now live longer. With a life expectancy of about 81 years, a 50 year old woman can expect to live more than one-third of her life after menopause. So, it is important that you understand what is happening and how to cope up with menopause so that you can spend the last third of your life comfortably.
Menopause simply means the end of menstruation, but the term is also used to refer to the months and years in a woman’s life before and after her final period — a time that may or may not bring with it some physical or emotional changes.
Menopause is not a disease. It is a natural process in a woman’s life. How a woman views this time of her life can have a lot to do with how frequent and severe her symptoms are. If menopause is viewed as the end of youth and sexuality, this time will be much more difficult than if it is viewed as the next, natural phase of life. With a proper diet, nutritional supplements, and exercise, most of the unpleasant side effects of menopause can be minimized, if not eliminated.