The Big 'M' Menopause How does it start, what is it exactly, and how do I handle those night sweats.

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Biology of Women Class - Final Paper regarding Menopause, from the initial onset of perimenopause to dealing with full blown characteristics. Also general recomendations for treatment of symptoms both medically and holistically.

The Big 'M' Menopause

Biology of Women

20 December 2001

"The Change", Transition, Change of Life, Climacteric, it doesn't really matter what you call it; it's still the big 'M', Menopause. Every day millions of women deal with hot flashes, night sweats, memory loss, depression, mood swings, and no sex drive. And that's just the stuff they deal with on a daily basis. Some women feel like their lives are coming to an end because their body is basically finishing what it's been created for, the bringing forth of life. No longer will they physically have a purpose, their uterus is in all reality shriveling up like a dead flower, but unlike a flower, it isn't even useful for a potpourri bag.

The fact of the matter is, The Change of Life has come upon them, and now their body is shifting and they have no ways of stopping it, no ways of preventing the mood swings, the lack of desire for sex, the clothes removing hot flashes that can hit them in less than a minute. There is no cure... or is there? Doctors around the world have studied women as they start this process, and some say they can relieve the symptoms but not fix the problem. Other say it's the way of evolution, if it isn't broke, don't fix it.

There are so many different questions and dilemmas regarding this topic that it's amazing it hasn't created more of an uproar from women in the past. But since the 1960's when women were suddenly given a chance to change the ways their body was...