Sex and Food Can Delay Menopause Naturally
Menopause is the time when a woman’s menstrual cycle ends after which she doesn’t see her period for up to 365 days. In other words, if your period ceases for less than 368 days, you cannot yet be said to have entered menopause.
Women enter menopause at different ages. While some go into menopause earlier, others get there later. Different women have differing attitudes towards menopause. Of course, middle age women wanting to conceive would prefer to remain fertile for much longer.
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Symptoms of menopause
What is the age of natural menopause?
Frequent sex can delay menopause.
Food can delay menopause.
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It’s been observed that while the average age of natural menopause is 51, perimenopausal, or early, symptoms can occur in some women years before, with great variation in the intensity of symptoms.
Symptoms of menopause
For some women, weight gain, specifically in the abdominal region, decreased muscle mass and increased fat mass, as well as hot flushes and mood changes are some of the symptoms of menopause. Of course, because women are different, not all would experience these symptoms.
In fact, some women may not have noticed any of the symptoms listed above. Factors that result in those symptoms of menopause are varied. They include genetics, lifestyle choices, metabolic changes, hormonal shifts as well as environmental factors.
I’m gonna share 2 life style choices that can give you some control over the onset of menopause. Interesting new studies have found that sex and food can delay menopause naturally.
Frequent sex can delay menopause
A busy sex life among women approaching menopause can delay menopause. It’s been discovered that women having frequent sex are less likely to go into menopause than women of the same age who are not as active sexually.
According to the journal, Royal Society Open Science, on the average, women that have sex at least once a week reduced the chances of entering menopause by 28% compared to women who had sex less than once a month.
Going by the findings of Megan Arnot and Ruth Mace, scientists at University College London, if a woman is having little or infrequent sex when approaching midlife, then the body will not be receiving the physical signals of a possible pregnancy.
According to this theory, the body systems of women having infrequent sex, rather than continuing to ovulate, prefer to cease fertility and invest energy into any existing kin she has. That is to say that since the body isn’t engaged in sex, it could naturally stop ovulating.
One can infer therefore that abstinence from sex or infrequent sex genetically discourages the production of eggs in women approaching menopause. Whereas, frequent sex has a way of genetically prolonging the production of eggs in women approaching menopause. Therefore, when the body engages in frequent sexual activities, it tends to continue to ovulate longer than if there weren’t as much sexual activities.
In addition to sex delaying menopause, what a woman eats can equally delay menopause.
Food can delay menopause naturally
As you may know by now, we are what we eat!! Your feeding pattern has profound effects on the condition of your health. It’s been found that each portion of carbohydrates, such as pasta and rice, consumed per day correlated with experiencing menopause 1.5 years earlier.
Whereas, for each daily portion of fish and fresh legumes, such as peas and beans a woman consumes, the delay in menopause onset was of over 3 years.
Furthermore, a higher daily consumption of vitamin B-6 and zinc whether in form of supplements or as nutrients found in foods you eat was also associated with later menopause.
Interestingly, the researchers also found that eating meat was linked with a 1-year delay in menopause onset. This goes to show a link between eating certain proteins and delaying menopause.
For women who never had children, a higher intake of grapes and poultry was linked with later menopause. We can also see that in addition to certain proteins, consuming certain vitamins and minerals delays menopause.
In a very interesting first-of-its-kind study, a team from the University of Leeds followed 914 women for four years, examining the relationship between their food and nutrient intake to the age of natural menopause.
Their findings was published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. It revealed that a high daily intake of oily fish delayed menopause by 3.3 years. Oily fish are species of fish that have oil in their tissues and around the gut. They include mackerel, sardines, herring, salmon, trout, tuna, and swordfish.
It was also discovered that a high daily intake of legumes delayed menopause by 0.9 years. Of course legumes include: beans, soybeans, lentils, peas, chickpeas and peanuts.
In the same vein, higher intakes of two micronutrients, Vitamin B6 and Zinc, delayed menopause by 0.6 and 0.3 years, respectively.
On the flip side, the research found that higher intakes of refined pasta and rice brought forward the onset of menopause by one-and-a-half years.
The combination weekly sex activities and the foods mentioned on this page is therefore expected to delay menopause a few years for women approaching menopause. For women already eating healthy and that have sex on a weekly basis, this must be good news. For those who aren’t into healthy foods and lots of sex, it wouldn’t hurt to ginger your sex life and eat healthy. You’ll agree, its a win win!