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    The Science of Menopause

    Our Female Hormones Health & Menopause Hormones are chemical messengers produced in our bodies to regulate the activity of tissues and organs. They regulate the body’s growth, metabolism, sexual development, and function. Our female hormones and the glands that secrete them are part of an incredibly sensitive glandular system known as the endocrine system. The endocrine system controls organs like the: brain kidneys stomach liver uterus skin The hypothalamus controls the pituitary gland by sending messages to it. It is situated immediately above the pituitary gland in the brain. The pituitary gland is often called the ‘master gland” because it controls several other glands in our body, including the thyroid, adrenals, and ovaries. It also controls men’s testes. At the start of our menstrual cycle, the…

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    What Is Menopause?

    Health & Menopause Menopause is the point of transition from a woman’s reproductive to non-reproductive life stage. Many of us go through this change in our 40s or earlier (see Premature & Early Menopause section), while others experience it later. We are born with all of our eggs—around two million of them. They start to deplete from puberty onwards through our menstrual cycles. Once our eggs are gone, the hormonal feedback loop of our cycle is disrupted until it eventually fails.   Perimenopause, Menopause, and Post-menopause  It can take a long time for this cycle to stop altogether, often up to ten years. We use the term peri-menopause or perimenopause to describe the lead-up to the event when…

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    Exploring Pharmacological Mechanisms of Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) Essential Oil on Central Nervous System Targets

    Abstract Lavender essential oil is traditionally used and approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) as herbal medicine to relieve stress and anxiety. Some animal and clinical studies reveal positive results in models of anxiety and depression although very little research has been done on molecular mechanisms. Our work consisted of evaluating the effects of lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) essential oil on central nervous system well-established targets, such as MAO-A, SERT, GABAAand NMDA receptors as well as in vitro models of neurotoxicity. The results showed that lavender essential oil and its main components exert affinity for the glutamate NMDA-receptor in a dose-dependent manner with an IC50 value of 0.04 μl/mL for lavender oil. In…

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    10 Tips for Sleep during Menopause

    Firstly before we get into my tips what you ware to bed is so important it deserves a special mention. As night sweats can be a real issue for me I have found that wearing a natural material like Linen, cotton, and wool are optimal choices for those with overheating issues, as they’re more breathable than other synthetic fabrics. Linen is the lightest of the three, so it will feel plenty breezy in bed. PJs made with 100 percent cotton will work to soak up moisture and feel airy and soft. 1 DON’T EAT TOO CLOSE TO BEDTIME I love a bedtime snack – usually buttered toast. However, this habit isn’t the…