Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 21st 2015 Contents B50
body & soul
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, May 21, 2015
Friday 22nd May, 2015
from 6pm - 8pm at the Piarco International Airport
Airports Authority of Trinidad and Tobago will be conducting a
full scale emergency drill on
Full Scale Emergency Drill at
The public is advised that there will be an interruption in vehicular traffic flow to and from the
airport to facilitate easy access by emergency response agencies. The Police will be controlling
and directing traffic accordingly.
The purpose of this simulation exercise is to test and evaluate the preparedness of the Authority
and relevant stakeholders to respond in the event of an incident at the Piarco International
Airport. This exercise is conducted in compliance with International Civil Aviation Regulations to
ensure that the highest level of safety and security measures are in place at the airport.
The travelling public is asked to communicate with their respective airlines to confirm flight
times during this period. We thank the public for your support as we continue to maintain the
highest level of safety and security at our airports for the benefit of all of our customers.
You re 40 and suddenly it seems as if you re
falling apart. You wake in the morning soaked in
sweat. You can t lose those last five pounds no
matter how hard you try. Your interest in sex has
gone the way of...well it s just gone. Could this
be the start of menopause?
First, there really is no "start" to menopause.
Menopause is actually just one day---the day on
which you ve gone 12 consecutive months without
menstruating. Normal menopause can occur any
time between ages 40 and 58, although the average
age is 51.4.
The day after that magical day of menopause,
you re considered postmenopausal. The day before:
premenopausal. Then there s this other phase called
perimenopause. And that, my friend, may be the
realm you ve entered.
Perimenopause refers to the transitional time
before menopause. It can last a few months or,
most likely, a few years. It usually starts in your
forties, although it can begin earlier in some women.
The primary cause is loss of follicles in the ovaries,
leading to slowly declining estrogen levels as your
ovaries age. This decline isn t consistent, however,
which is why your symptoms may come and go.
• Hot flashes and night sweats. Somehow,
declining estrogen plays havoc with your body s
temperature controls, increasing your core temper-
ature and triggering your body s cooling attempt---
sweating. Some women don t get flashes---they just
feel hot all the time!
• Irregular periods. Fluctuating hormone levels
mean strange things may be happening to your
periods. You may find them coming more often---
every 24 days instead of every 28 days, for exam-
ple---or less often. You can even skip several periods
in a row only to have them return on a regular
basis. You may also find that your periods are con-
siderably heavier or lighter than they used to be,
and that they last longer or shorter than they used
• Problems sleeping. Studies find that more
women report insomnia as they move through
midlife, primarily the type that involves waking up
in the middle of the night.
• Headaches. You may find you re having more
headaches, particularly around your period. And if
you ve always been prone to premenstrual headaches,
you may find they re more severe and last longer.
The good news? Once you reach menopause, you
should experience far fewer headaches.
• Mood swings. Perimenopausal women often
experience more irritability, fatigue and "blue
moods" during the perimenopausal transition than
before. This could be related to shifting hormonal
levels, but is more likely related to midlife stressors.
• Vaginal dryness. Estrogen plays a key role in
maintaining the moistness and flexibility of the
vagina. So as levels drop, you may find you feel
"drier" down there. You may notice other changes,
such as a discharge or odour, and you may even
find you have problems with some urine leakage.
Although all the symptoms listed above are rep-
resentative of perimenopause, they can also be
caused by other medical issues. So regardless of
whether you think your symptoms are from this
midlife transition, it s important to see your health
care professional for a complete medical and psy-
chological evaluation. He or she can rule out any
other medical conditions. (www.healthywomen.org)
Perimenopause refers to
the transitional time
before menopause. It
can last a few months
or, most likely, a few
YOUR DAILY HEALTH
News and Advice
...Is it menopause?
Links Archive May 20th 2015 May 22nd 2015 Navigation Previous Page Next Page