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Symptoms of Menopause Lessened By Children

As women near the end of their reproductive phase of life, and menopause sets in, many of them are excited at the opportunity to live an adult life, child free and focus more on person wants and needs. Unfortunately, a new study has proven that living a life with young children around may actually lessen the unwanted symptoms associated with menopause and aging. This is surprising and positive for women of all cultures who embrace the active duty of being a Grandmother, especially those who care for their grandchildren on a regular basis when Mom and Dad are out. Researchers have found that the reduction of temper, hot flashes, and night sweats are all apparent when young children are still in the household. CTV News reports: “Of the women who went through menopause due to the surgery, the researchers say the effects were limited to those with children younger than 13. The research team says, however, that they are being cautious with the findings given that menopause is well-known to affect women differently.”

This is certainly something to think about, if you’re considering moving to a retirement home and giving up on the younger crowd.

Looking Into This New Study

The study took place in the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, as well as The Kinsey Institute, and the findings provided information that concluded the taking care of your grandchildren might have some very unexpected and welcomed benefits. Two clinicians, and a bioanthropologist got together to examine the relationship between older women and young children, and how midlife and menopause might be altered by this relationship. Clinicians were seeking therapeutic benefits to assist in the changes that occur during these transitions while the bioanthropologist was more interested in the prediction of evolutionary relations. What they found was that women who underwent rapid menopause due to the surgical removal of ovaries had fewer symptoms when young children were in the house. The findings were published in The Journal of North American Menopause Society, by Bonnie McGregor, a researcher from the University of Washington, in the Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. McGregor was also joined by Virginia Vitzthum, a professor in the anthropology department. Science Daily reports: “These are intriguing findings, For women who were menopausal when our study began, those with young children at home actually showed more symptoms of hot flashes. But the women who underwent rapid menopause because of the surgical removal of their ovaries showed a dramatic reduction of symptoms.”

The study actually included one hundred and seventeen research participants with sixty-nine of those women being menopausal and postmenopausal when the surgical procedure went underway; twenty-nine of these women had one or more children at home. Forty-eight were premenopausal with twenty-eight having one or more children in their home. The hot flashes and night sweats were measured following the procedure and then at two, six and twelve months after this.

How Menopause Works

Menopause occurs when the ovaries stop making eggs and a woman no longer menstruates, this can occur at different times for different women, and while some may experience no unwanted symptoms during their hormonal changes, other women have a severe reaction and find themselves feeling quite miserable and seeking help. There have been many different studies over the years in regards to ways that these symptoms can be lessened, but other than dangerous hormone replacement practices which can lead to higher rates of cancer among menopausal women, there is not much in place to relieve hot flashes and night sweats. This above mentioned study is the first of its kind, to incorporate the thought that small children may make a difference in how intensely the symptoms are felt and what kind of relationship warrants these changes. The University Herald says: “The research team examined how close relationships can help women in midlife with this inevitable change – the looked for therapeutic benefits that might help patients deal with this unpredictable, poorly understood transition, and used this info to predict an evolutionary connection. “

These latest findings might also give insight into whether or not the relationship that Grandmothers share with their children could affect their symptoms if the visits were less frequent. Some of the data suggested that the change in symptoms was only seen in patients who underwent the surgery rather than women who did not.

Obviously these latest findings aren’t going to benefit every women, and it certainly isn’t a remedy that can be bottled and sold to the entire population, but it shines a ray of hope on those menopausal women who have grandchildren nearby. It’s long been thought that children keep you young, and now it very well may have been proven. This opens the door to future possibilities in the field of menopause research, and is a welcome announcement for various women across the world.

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