Although menopause is the end of your childbearing years, it is not the end of your life. In fact, menopause is a protective mechanism for longevity. Human beings are the only species with such a long span of life after reproduction. For most animals, the basic function for female is to reproduce. After reproduction, females will die.
The current women life expectancy is about the age of eighty, so women still have about forty years after menopause . The second half of life can be longer, richer, and more satisfying than ever before. The first half of life was childhood, which was controlled by your parents and youth which you made many innocent mistakes.
We should understand that menopause is the energy-saving mechanism used by nature in order to live longer, because energy-saving is a basic principle of living organisms.
Reproduction costs a lot of energy. During childbearing years, a woman experiences about 500 periods. Menstruation is the greatest and most unpretentious of deities evolution by natural selection. Every month, the uterine lining builds up with nutrients and energy, and awaits implantation. Ovulation is accompanied by an abrupt surge in hormones.
After menopause, the body is kept in a low hormone level: the ovaries slow down the production for hormones. In the Novak’s Textbook of Gynecology (Williams & Wilkins, 1987) said: "Thus it would seem that although menopausal women do have an estrogen milieu that is lower than that necessary for reproduction, it is not negligible or absent but is perhaps satisfactory for maintenance of support tissues. Menopause could then be regarded as a physiologic phenomenon that is protective in nature, protective from the undesirable reproductive and the associated growth stimuli."
So, after menopause, estrogen levels are below that necessary for pregnancy but sufficient for other normal functions, in order to avoid risky stimuli on hormone-sensitive organs: breasts, uterus and ovaries.
The hormone replacement treatment is against the nature, and it artificially recreates childbearing years, without the childbearing ability. Estrogen pills artificially induce the cycle of bleeding every month to keep you "feminine forever". Unfortunately, they only bring excessive stimulation on estrogen-sensitive organs: breasts, uterus and ovaries and hasten your death from cancers. No wonder breast cancer and uterine cancer are epidemic today.
For your healthy longevity, take the menopause as a protective design by nature. Take hormone replacement treatment as the sloppy design by man.
Libo Li, MS. MPH.
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