Menopause can be stated as the last menstrual cycle in a woman's life. It is part and parcel of your life, similar to many other things. These symptoms begin long before your menstruation cycle completely stops. The symptoms of menopause can last for months or even years. If there are no periods in 12 successive months, you have reached menopause. It is a natural process related to hormonal, physical and psychosocial changes in your life. Causes of Menopause Due to a lack of estrogen and progesterone, women have to go through this phase of life. During the early stages of your life, these hormones determine the monthly ovulation and menstruation cycles. With the passing years, the body produces less progesterone, leaving the eggs from the ovaries unfertilized. Sooner or later, the menstrual cycle ends, and so do your chances of becoming pregnant. Menopause does not mean that you are sexually inactive. Symptoms of Menopause • Irregular Periods • Weight Gain • Hot Flashes • Sleep disorder / Insomnia • Mood Swings • Irritation • Memory lapse • Headache • Vaginal or bladder infection • Abnormal hair growth Once you are in your late forties and early fifties, every woman dreads the beginning of the new chapter, known as menopause. This problem can be dealt head-on by being in control of the situation. Half of your problem is solved if you are mentally strong. Many a time, these symptoms just boil down to stress and irritation. Being idle would make things worse, so find an activity to keep oneself occupied during such times. Join or form a support group that helps you deal with this problem. Home Remedies For Symptoms of Menopause • Drink a glass of water at the first sign of hot flashes. • Keep yourself fit by walking, running, bicycling, dancing, and swimming. This helps immensely to provide relief from the symptoms of menopause. • Avoid hot and spicy foods. • Keep away from alcohol and caffeine, which can trigger hot flashes. • Try to relax by adopting breathing techniques to soothe and calm your body. • Wear comfortable clothes made of natural fibers like cotton or wool. • Keep wet towel napkins handy as they may be helpful during one of the hot flashes episodes. • Drink plenty of water and other fluids like juices to maintain the body temperature. • A balanced diet is essential to get you past this problem. Have calcium and vitamin E rich food such as milk and milk products, ragi, fish and wheat germ. • Beetroot juice is beneficial for evading menopausal problems. Warning: The reader of this article should exercise all precautionary measures while following instructions on the home remedies from this article. Avoid using any of these products if you are allergic to them. The responsibility lies with the reader and not with the site or the writer.