A CONCEPTUAL REVIEW OF LITERATURE OF RAJONIVRUTTI (MENOPAUSE) WITH SPECIAL REFERNCE TO AYURVED AND MODERN SCIENCE
Dr. Lokare Pramila Dasharath*, Dr. Chetana J. Kulkarni and Dr. Madhuri S. Bhalagat
Menopause represents a natural biological phenomenon and a stage of life when women experience multiple endocrine somatic and psychological changes. The physiologic hallmark of menopause is a decline in ovarian estrogen production that can have both significant long term and short term consequences. The symptoms of Menopause, which are related directly to the withdrawal of estrogen, compromise the quality of life for many women. The majority of women report menopause related symptoms including hot flushes, vaginal dryness, night sweats, insomnia, mood swings, and depression. 80% women suffering from these troublesome symptoms. Though menopause is a natural event as a part of the normal process of aging, it is turning into a major health problem in recent years in developed as well as developing countries like India. In our country, more than one third of women are aged over 50 years and within the next two decades the numbers of women of this age group will exceed that of women under 20 years. Moreover, recent evidences has shown that in 2003, there are almost 40 million menopausal women in India and this figure is expected to creep-up to 60 million in this year. So, there is a grow in the number of older women who will be facing "triple jeopardy" of being aged, being menopausal (change of life) and being dependable in the world.
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