Menopause – Yoga Cure

Menopause  When a woman’s reproductive system slows down and eventually stops around the age of 50, this is called a menopause. Menopause occurs as the ovaries stop producing estrogen, causing the reproductive system to gradually shut down. Each and every one of the aged females has to pass through the period of menopause.

Menopause Symptoms

Heart palpitations
Dizziness
Uneasiness
Decreased sex drive
Feeling of vomiting
Sleeplessness
Headache
Excitement
Worries
Loss of concentration
Gloom
Pain in joints
Dryness of the skin

As the body adapts to the changing levels of natural hormones, vasomotor symptoms such as hot flashes and palpitations, psychological symptoms such as depression, anxiety, irritability, mood swings and lack of concentration, and atrophic symptoms such as vaginal dryness and urgency of urination appear. Together with these symptoms, the woman may also have increasingly erratic menstrual periods. The clinical features of menopause are caused by lessening amounts of estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone in the woman’s body.

Menopause-Vasomotor instability 

  • hot flashes, hot flushes, including night sweats
  • sleep disturbances

Menopause- Urogenital atrophy

  • itching
  • dryness
  • bleeding
  • urinary frequency
  • urinary urgency
  • urinary incontinence

Menopause-Skin, soft tissue

  • breast atrophy
  • skin thinning
  • decreased elasticity

Menopause- Psychological

  • mood disturbance
  • irritability
  • fatigue
  • memory loss
  • depression

Menopause- Skeletal  

  • osteoporosis
  • joint pain, muscle pain
  • back pain

Menopause- Sexual

  • decreased libido
  • vaginal dryness
  • problems reaching orgasm
  • dyspareunia

Menopause

A drop in your estrogens levels can cause you to lose bone mass, but you can easily counter this by exercising your bones. Before the onset of menopause, ovaries of the ladies secrete sex hormones (estrogen). During menopause this estrogen which is continuously circulating in the blood gets reduced to the significant extent. Because of the reduction in the level of estrogen the pituitary gland in the brain has to secrets more gonadotrophin hormones maintaining the balance in the body.

Premature menopause (or premature ovarian failure) is defined as menopause occurring before the age of 40; it occurs in 1% of women. some women enter menopause at a younger age, especially if they have had cancer or another serious illness and undergone chemotherapy. Other causes of premature menopause include autoimmune disorders, thyroid disease, and diabetes mellitus. Premature menopause is diagnosed by measuring the levels of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH); the levels of these hormones will be higher if menopause has occurred. Rates of premature menopause have been found to be significantly higher in fraternal and identical twins; approximately 5% of twins reach menopause before the age of 40. The reasons for this are not completely understood. Transplants of ovarian tissue between identical twins have been successful in restoring fertility.

One of the foremost menopause symptoms seems to be weight gain and a change in the overall shape of your body. Though you may not be so happy about this, it is important to keep in mind that this weight gain is normal and to be expected.

Reports show that, the 80 % of ladies who are approaching menopause suffer from uneasiness, lot of perspiration and unnatural bodily heat. This uneasiness and hotness is felt because the proportion of estrogen has decreased. Such uneasiness persists every time from half a minute to five minutes. This feeling of heat and perspiration results from chemical changes that take place inside the body when perspiration evaporates; one also feels trembling due to cold.

Some women easily adopt the changes with no discomfort, while others feel uncomfortable and often unwelcome sensations as their body adjusts to a new chemical balance.

Considering menopause can last for five years you will probably want to do everything you can to minimize the unpleasantness. Yoga keeps body and mind in sound health. Ladies practicing yoga practice from their middle-age period they hardly notice the onset as well as the passing away of the menopause period. Yoga can help to alleviate or eliminate many of the sometimes-uncomfortable physical and emotional feelings associated with menopause.

Complementary and alternative therapies

In the area of complementary and alternative therapies, acupuncture treatment is promising. Some studies have noted a slight benefit from soy isoflavones.

Yoga treatment During Menopause

Asana

Inverted postures and Pranayama are particularly helpful of hot flashes because they cool the body and fill it with energy and life force.

Therapeutics Yoganidra

YogaNidra is a state of conscious Deep Sleep. YogaNidra brings an incredible calmness, quietness and clarity. It has great Therapeutics values.

Diet for Menopause

Include

Fresh fruits and vegetables.

Milk — maintain the level of calcium in the body.

Drink lot of water that will stabilize the effects caused by the liquid discharge out of the glands.

Reduce the intake of salt in food.

Obviously following measures gives relief, such as drinking cold liquids and removing excess clothing layers when hot flashes strike, and avoiding hot flash triggers such as spicy foods, may supplement or supplant the use of medications/ treatment for some women.

Botanical (herbs/ herbal) and other dietary supplements can interact with prescription and over-the-counter drugs, affecting how the body reacts.

Note

If the effect of menopause is very serious or in greater proportion, doctors give estrogen in such conditions for hormonal replacement therapy; but such a treatment makes ladies prone to cancer of breast or uterus.

More information on Menopause

Menopause in other species-Unlike humans, other animals rarely experience menopause. This may simply be due to their comparatively shorter lifespans.

Andropause- is a medical phenomenon, similar to the female menopause, that can affect men between the ages of 40 and 55.Key Points
* Many women have few or no symptoms related to menopause, or feel that their symptoms are not enough of a problem that they need to seek treatment. Some symptoms traditionally seen as menopausal may be related to aging in general.
* Menopause should not be viewed as a disease, according to the SoS conference panel.
* For many years, menopausal hormone therapy (MHT; in the past, it was called hormone replacement therapy or HRT) was the primary treatment for troubling menopausal symptoms. Recent studies have found increased risks, however, for certain serious health problems from prolonged use of MHT.
* Women with severe or long-lasting symptoms of menopause that have not been adequately relieved in other ways should consult their health care providers about their personal risks and benefits for using MHT. Certain lifestyle changes can also be helpful.
* There is very little high-quality scientific evidence about the effectiveness and long-term safety of CAM therapies for menopausal symptoms. More research is needed.
* It is very important for women who are considering or using CAM therapies for any health concern to discuss them with their health care provider physicians, doctors. This is to help ensure safety and a comprehensive treatment plan.

Andropause- is a medical phenomenon, similar to the female menopause, that can affect men between the ages of 40 and 55.Key Points
* Many women have few or no symptoms related to menopause, or feel that their symptoms are not enough of a problem that they need to seek treatment. Some symptoms traditionally seen as menopausal may be related to aging in general.
* Menopause should not be viewed as a disease, according to the SoS conference panel.
* For many years, menopausal hormone therapy (MHT; in the past, it was called hormone replacement therapy or HRT) was the primary treatment for troubling menopausal symptoms. Recent studies have found increased risks, however, for certain serious health problems from prolonged use of MHT.
* Women with severe or long-lasting symptoms of menopause that have not been adequately relieved in other ways should consult their health care providers about their personal risks and benefits for using MHT. Certain lifestyle changes can also be helpful.
* There is very little high-quality scientific evidence about the effectiveness and long-term safety of CAM therapies for menopausal symptoms. More research is needed.
* It is very important for women who are considering or using CAM therapies for any health concern to discuss them with their health care provider physicians, doctors. This is to help ensure safety and a comprehensive treatment plan.

 

Menstruation – Menstrual Disorder Yoga Cure

From puberty (menarche-onset of the menses) until menopause a women’s reproduction system under goes many cyclic changes.

The cyclic changes are related to the changes in the endometrium (inner lining of the uterus), breast, ovaries, vagina, hormone secretions, and even emotional attitudes.

The menstrual cycle (of 28 days) is generally divided in to four phases,

with major events occurring in each phase. The 4 phases are

The menstrual (destructive phase)
The proliferate (follicular) phase
The adulatory phase
The secretory (luteal) phase

The cyclic reproduction changes of the human female are marked by menstruation, during which some cells, uncloatted blood from ruptured blood vessels, other fluids and uterine endometrium are released through the cervix and vagina. Each menstrual cycle occurs about every 28 days and last for 4 – 5 days. The menstruation occurs 12 to 14 days after the ovum is released from the ovary (ovulation), about once in four weeks. The periodicity of cycle varies with individuals. After fertilization, menstruation ceases and it is the first indication of pregnancy.

Menstruation

The menstrual (destructive phase) the uterus lining i.e. endometrium and its blood vessels break, and is discharge with in blood, mucus, cells debris, and other fluid as the menses by way of the vagina. This may last for 4 – 5 days. The menses occur when fertilization does not take place.

The proliferate (follicular) phase

Occur between the end of the menses and the ovulation. In this phase, under the stimulation of estrogen the uterine endometrium undergoes a process of growth (proliferation) and a new thick endometrium is formed. In the ovary, the follicles begin to develop in to a graafian follicles. This phase include cycle days 6- 13 or 14 in a 28 day cycle. The ovulatory phase indicates the rupture of the graafian follicle and released of the ovum (ovulation). It occurs some 14 days after the start of menstruation during this phase the concentration of estrogen is high in blood, and it stimulates the ovulation. The blood vessels enlarge and grow in the endometrial wall, and some secretary cells or glands are formed.

The secretory (luteal) phase

Occur between ovulation and the onset of menses, i.e. the phase last about 14 days (cycle days 15- 28). The endometrium, which is under the influence of progesterone and estrogen, increases in size, becomes thick, the endometrium glands become enlarged, undergo maximum secretory activity and its blood vessels become coiled and enlarged.

The ovum released in ovulatory phase may or may not be fertilize. If the ovum is fertilized, it becomes embedded in the endometrium (implantation), the corpus luteum remains to secrete progesterone which helps the embryo to grow with in the uterus. If the ovum is not fertilized, the corpus luteum disintegrates and the progesterone level falls sharply. 14 days after ovulation unless fertilization occurs, the menstruation begins again.

Hormonal control of menstrual cycle

The menstruation reflects not only the health of the uterus but also the health of the endocrine glands that control it, i.e. the ovaries and the pituitary gland.

Following hormones regulates the menstrual cycle. These hormones have profound effects on the ovaries and the uterus.

The anterior pituitary glands produces to gonadotrophic hormones

The follicle stimulating hormnones (FSH) and the luteinizing hormone (LH).

The FSH stimulates the ovarian follicle to mature and secondly, it stimulates the  Follicle to produce the estrogen. The estrogen brings about healing and repair of  uterine wall (endometrium) following menstruation.

In next two weeks the high concentration of estrogen in blood stream stimulates the anterior pituitary to produce second hormone called luteinizing hormone (LH). LH brings about ovulation and changes the graphian follicle into a corpus luteum.

The corpus leuteum secrets yet another hormone, the progesterone whose main function is to prepare uterus for pregnancy. The luteotrophic hormone (LTH) of corpus luteum seems to be responsible for production of progesterone, and maintenance of corpus luteum. If corpus luteum is not maintained, the implanted fertilized egg is carried away in the menstrual flow(abortion)

In the absence of pregnancy, corpus luteum stops secreting progesterone, anterior pituitary starts secreting FSH again, and the cycle is repeated. The disorders of the female reproductive system are frequently involved in the menstrual disorders.  Some of them are:

Amenorrhoea

Amenorrhoea means without monthly flow, i.e. the absence of menstruation.  If a woman has never menstruated, the condition is called Primary amenorrhoea. This can be caused by endocrine disorders, most often in the pituitary gland and hypothalamus or by genetically caused abnormal development of the ovaries or uterus.

Secondary amenorrhoea, the skipping of one or more periods, is commonly experienced by women at some time during their life. Changes in body weight, either gains or losses often cause amenorrhoea. Obesity may disturb ovarian function, and similarly the extreme weight loss that characterizes anorexia nervosa often leads to a suspension of menstrual flow.  When amenorrhoea is not related with the changes in body weight, its causative factor may be the deficiencies of pituitary and ovarian hormone. Amenorrhoea may also be caused by continuous involvement in rigorous atheletic training.

Dysmenorrhoea

It refers to pain associated with menstruation and the term is usually reserved to describe an individual with menstrual symptoms that are severe enough to prevent her from functioning normally for one or more days each month.  Primary dysmenorrhoea is painful menstruation with no detectable organic disease. The pain in this condition is thought to result from uterine contractions, probably associated with uterine muscle ischemia and Prostaglandin’s produced by the uterus. Prostaglandins are known to stimulate uterine contractions, but they cannot do so in the presence of high levels of progesterone (a hormone secreted by ovary). Progesterone levels are high during the last half of the menstrual cycle, and during this time Prostaglandin’s are apparently inhibited by progesterone from producing uterine contractions. However, in the absence of pregnancy progesterone levels drop rapidly and prostaglandin production increases. This causes the uterus to contract and slough off its lining, which may result in dysmenorrhoea. In addition to pain, other signs and symptoms may include headache, nausea, diarrhoea or constipation and increased urinary frequency. Secondary dysmenorrhoea is painful menstruation that is frequently associated with a pelvic pathology. In some cases it is caused by uterine tumours, ovarian cysts, pelvic inflammatory disease, endometriosis and intrauterine devices.

Abnormal Uterine Bleeding

This refers to menstruation of excessive duration or excessive amount, diminished menstrual flow; too frequent menstruation, intermenstrual bleeding and post-menstrual bleeding. The causative factors for all such conditions may be the disordered hormonal regulation, emotional imbalance and any tumour in the uterus.

Premenstrual Syndrome

PMS, or premenstrual syndrome, is a condition that affects a lot of women before the onset of their menstrual period. PMS commonly occurs during the week or two before the start of your period and can last until menstruation starts. The symptoms usually increase in severity until the onset of menstruation and then dramatically disappear. Symptoms are diverse as overall discomfort, oedema, weight gain, painful or swollen breast and tenderness, abdominal distension, backache, joint pain, constipation, skin eruptions, fatigue and lethargy, insomnia, depression or anxiety, irritability, headache, clumsiness and even uncharacteristically aggressive behavior. Some may even experience no symptoms at all. The basic cause of this state is not known.

Yoga can help by relieving the discomfort and keep you fit, strong, clear thinking and with bliss. There are poses that are particularly useful during the menstrual period. These poses ease menstrual cramps, heavy bleeding, pelvic discomfort and the low back pain associated with menses. They are also effective in smoothing out the emotional rough edges some women encounter at this time of their cycle.

Yoga Poses Recommended During the Menstrual Period

Baddhakonasana Relieves menstrual discomfort and sciatica also helps relieve the symptoms of menopause.
It is recommended to perform the asana without coming forward, keeping your back spine concave and front torso long during pregnancy (up to second trimester).  These poses are calming.  Lower abdominal and pelvic compression  aids cramps and heavy bleeding. Relieves menstrual discomfort and sciatica also helps relieve the symptoms of menopause.
Ardhachandrasana
These poses are helpful for backache associated with menses.
Supported Setubandhasana
This pose is calming, It also relieves pelvic discomfort.
Supta-Vajrasana, Matsyasana, done with support of belts, bolsters and blankets
Pranayama
Ujjayi Pranayama and Nadi Shodhan Pranayama in Shavasana.

If the menstruation is normal without giving any pain, headache, irritation, anxiety, suffocation, depression one can do Ujjayi and Viloma pranayamas in a sitting position.

This asanas relax the muscles and nerves which are under constant stress, strain and irritation. If done above asanas restfully, it checks the over bleeding, soothes the abdomen and makes the throbbing brain-cells rest. These asanas help those who suffer from head-ache, backache, heavy bleeding, abdominal cramps and fatigue.

Therapeutics Yoganidra

YogaNidra is a state of conscious Deep Sleep. YogaNidra brings an incredible calmness, quietness and clarity. It has great Therapeutics values.

Inversions during menstrual period

Inversions (like head stand, shoulder stand) are not recommended during the menstrual period for philosophic as well as physiologic reasons. During menstruation if one does inversions the blood flow will be arrested. It may lead to fibroids, cysts, endometriosis and cancer, damaging the system. According to Ayurveda philosophy, during menses the direction of energy is down and out of the body. This flow should not be obstructed or reversed as it is in inversions.

Urine, faeces, phlegm are weast products in the body and so are thrown out of the system So you cannot hold, mucus etc. If they are retained within they invite all diseases.

The Inversions are very important to the health because they produce a revitalizing effect on the entire body. Although Inversions are not recommended during the menstrual period, the inversions have their own characteristics. when done during pregnancy they hold the foetus safely and healthily. It is greatly advantageous for those who have frequent miscarriage.

Note

Avoid physical exertion during menstruation.

The flow has to stop completely before one can resume the practice of inversion. As soon as the flow stops, begin with the practice of inversions.

It is recommended to read “Yoga: A Gem for Women” by Geeta Iyengar.

Geeta and her father B.K.S. Iyengar were the first yoga masters of the twentieth century to strongly address the need for women to nurture and honour their bodies by adjusting the way they practice yoga during the different cycles in life.

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