Since the first step in prevention is understanding, GuideToMenopause.org provides an overview of the most important points to remember about the fascinating systems that operate in women’s lives.

The human body is an exquisite mechanism constructed so that each system works in a delicate balance with other processes within the body. This idea of balance and interrelationship is especially important in understanding what occurs at midlife.

Your monthly cycle is controlled by certain centers in your brain. They signal appropriate body parts and systems, “telling” them when and how to operate.

Often women ask me whether they have a glandular problem. It is important to understand just how the glands work within your cycle. There are two types of glands in the body: exocrine and endocfifu. The exocrine glands release chemical substances directly to the area where they are heeded. A good example is the sweat glands, which aid in the cooling of the skin, and the sebaceous glands, which secrete oils that keep the skin pliable. When meno­pause arrives, these glands may not work as effectively because of the changes in their “programming.” The sweat glands may not “cool” as efficiently and the sebaceous glands may not keep the skin as soft and smooth as before. Endocrine glands, in contrast, produce and release their substances directly into the blood­stream. These substances are chemical messengers called hormones.

GuideToMenopause.org attempts to solve the “mysteries” and alleviate the “miseries” surrounding menopause by cutting out the noise and helping you understand the “why” and evaluate options available to you.