As a woman ages, the number of follicles in her ovaries decreases and they produce fewer hormones. Menopause occurs when the ovaries fail to produce enough hormones to stimulate the monthly growth of the endometrium, and menstrual periods stop permanently.
Postmenopause is the time in a woman’s life after her transition into menopause has been completed. Medically, menopause is defined as the day when a woman has not had her period for an entire year. After this point, a woman is postmenopausal. Technically, a woman is postmenopausal from the day menopause occurs until the end of her life.
During postmenopause, many of the symptoms a woman may have experienced before menopause (known as perimenopause) gradually decrease. But as a result of several factors, including a lower level of oestrogen, postmenopausal women are at increased risk for a number of health conditions, such as osteoporosis, increased blood cholesterol levels and heart disease.
Women experience natural hormonal changes differently, so there is a wide age range at which they may become postmenopausal. The average age of natural menopause is 51 years, although this can vary widely.
Postmenopause is caused by the same hormonal changes that drive the menopausal transition and it is a natural process that all women go through. Internal factors driving postmenopause include fluctuations in hormones like oestrogen and progesterone. External factors are less common, but they can also cause hormonal changes that lead to postmenopause. The main ones are related to lifestyle habits, stress, surgery and radiation or chemotherapy.
Women often think that all the uncomfortable symptoms associated with menopause disappear once postmenopause begins. This, however, is not always the case. The symptoms some women experience during their postmenopausal years can be very similar to those they have already experienced during perimenopause. These include:
During the transition to postmenopause, hormonal changes associated with menopause continue to affect a woman’s sexual health. However, it is a myth to think all women experience a lack of libido and a decline in active sex at this stage of life – particularly if their symptoms are naturally occurring and not as a result of a hysterectomy.
Hormones like oestrogen, testosterone and DHEA are believed to play an important role in sexual desire and responsiveness, affecting not just libido but also physical aspects of a woman’s life. The most common menopausal symptoms are hot flushes, vaginal dryness and vaginal shrinkage, causing discomfort during sex.
Changes in a women’s sexual health at menopause and postmenopause are caused by:
Some women seek medical attention for menopausal symptoms, but others either tolerate them or simply don't experience symptoms severe enough to need attention. Because symptoms may be subtle and appear gradually, a woman may not realise at first that they're all connected to the same thing – the rise and fall in the levels of the key female hormones oestrogen and progesterone.
Treatment of postmenopause symptoms vary, and there are three distinct categories. These are:
As impactful as it can be, menopause doesn’t have to be a disastrous time for women. If reduced hormone levels are causing unpleasant symptoms, treatments such as HRT can be effective. HRT and other types of medication can also be used to prevent health problems, for example, if a woman has a significantly increased risk of developing osteoporosis.
However, if you are not a candidate for HRT, or simply prefer a lower risk natural alternative, there are other options available in the form of herbal supplements. These can help re-balance your system and overcome oestrogen dominance, which can have a negative impact on your weight and sex drive.
Herbs generally take a little longer than hormone replacement therapies to start working, but once they have built up in your system, the results can be very pleasing. Plant-based Phytohormones are only 2 to 4 percent as potent as the hormones produced by your body, or bio-identical hormones, so it takes time to build up their levels.
As an alternative to medications and hormone replacement therapies – which can have negative side effects –women are Increasingly looking to herbal health products like Herbal Ignite for Women. Clinical trials, as well as many years of herbal practice, have shown the herbs in Ignite for Women support women’s reproductive health effectively.
It has a number of positive health outcomes, including:
Herbal Ignite’s special formula has helped thousands of women with hormonal balancing, libido support and an improved sense of wellbeing, with minimal unwanted side effects. However, it’s important to note that herbal preparations do not work instantly, or even overnight. Like many herbal remedies, it’s ideal to continue with Ignite for Women for three months. This is to ensure the best results, even though most people notice benefits within the first couple of weeks.
The four key herbs in Ignite for Women – Horny Goat Weed, Tribulus Terrestris, Damiana and Dong Quai – have been used in traditional medicine for centuries to rejuvenate women’s hormonal health. In the last 30 years, this traditional use has been supported by some scientific studies, but there is still a lot we don’t understand about how exactly the active ingredients in these herbs work.
Perimenopausal and menopausal symptoms are generally indicative of a hormonal imbalance in the system. When the hormonal system is nourished back to balanced levels, these negative symptoms disappear. For those who have noticed a decline in libido, the balancing of hormones also heralds a restoration of sexual desire and drive.
Horny Goat Weed, a key ingredient in Herbal Ignite, has been used in traditional medicine to support menopause, as an aphrodisiac and as a female libido and energy booster. In particular, it helps neutralise the symptoms of menopause by balancing the temperature in menopausal women and helps with bone health and strength. A new study suggests that flavonoids derived from Horny Goat Weed may increase bone mineral density (BMD) at the hip and lower back and may have benefits in the fight against osteoporosis.
The study, with 100 healthy, late postmenopausal women, found that after two years of supplementation, bone mineral density at the hip and lower spine increased by 1.6 and 1.3 percent respectively in the treated group and decreased by 1.8 and 2.4 percent for the placebo group. The study also reported that supplementation significantly decreased levels of a marker of bone loss (by 39 percent) after two years.
Herbal Ignite has been used successfully by women in New Zealand and Australia to boost libido and sexual satisfaction. It also balances hormones, relieves stress and fatigue and helps treat PMS and menopausal symptoms.
Herbal Ignite is 100% natural and free of unpleasant side effects. It is made in New Zealand to the highest standards, with thorough testing and guarantees of no adulteration or undeclared ingredients.