Menopause… The Shipwreck You Can’t Avoid… Or Can You?
The sun gently warms your face. The wind softly flows through your hair. The water is kind and smooth. The mainsail and head sail have captured the wind. You’re flying through the water. Suddenly the clouds thicken, and the seas become rough. You’re battered about so violently you feel you may lose your keel and capsize!
That’s what menopause can feel like. It’s supposed to be a normal, naturally occurring event that happens to women as they age. An event that women allegedly will welcome. Instead, many women feel like they’re destined for a shipwreck and to be left stranded on a deserted island.
At its simplest, menopause marks the end of a woman’s reproductive life, which occurs when she has ceased to have menstrual periods for 12 consecutive months. Although menopause is a natural part of aging, the term strikes fear into many women because the health problems associated are like a gale that just keeps intensifying.
What is Menopause?
While most women experience at least some of the symptoms associated with menopause, a small percentage sail easily through the transition with little more than noticing the cessation of their periods. However, even for women who navigate the transitional waters with minimal trouble, the postmenopausal time can bring on a host of health concerns due, in part, to the reduced production of the female hormones, estrogen, progesterone and testosterone.
Dr. George Ibrahim
Anyone who knows me will tell you, as a board-certified urologist, I have a passion for medicine, particularly urology. I have been a practicing M.D. for over 30 years specializing in urology, oncology, and surgery. I’ve helped thousands of women as they struggle with the challenges associated with menopause. My patients have often said to me, “Dr. Ibrahim, I like your cut to the chase style! Why don’t you write a book about some of the problems men and women face when they go through middle age? You explain things that are complicated in a way a non-medical person can understand.” Well, I finally decided to do this! I’m now proud to announce the release of my first book… Sailing Through Menopause… Without Losing a Rudder.