Menopause: What You Should Know
Menopause is a natural occurrence in all women. Menopause is clinically described as the lack of a menstrual cycle for twelve consecutive months. Which means a woman doesn’t have her period. Menopause usually occurs between the ages of 35 and 55, but can occur earlier or later. A good indication of when a woman can expect to go through this transition is what age her mother and grandmother experienced it.
A woman has a menstrual cycle every 21 – 28 days and usually lasts 5 – 7 days. When a woman begins to experience signs of her menstrual cycle changing can be a symptom of menopause. The cycle can become longer or shorter, more frequent, and even the flow can be affected by becoming lighter or heavier. When menopause signs first begin, up to the time in which menopause is completed by the consecutive 12 months of no cycle is called perimenopause. Perimenopause is not known as a clinical term but its use is common.
Menopause is a very personal experience for each woman, and no two woman will be affected in the same way. They may share common symptoms but the way in which they handle those symptoms and how mild or severe they may be varies for each woman.
A woman can expect to be in the perimenopause transition for quite some time. It can last up to ten years before completing menopause. During this time there are some symptoms you should become aware of and expect.
Irregular Menstrual Cycles - like previously stated there may become a change in your cycle. It can be affected in different ways.
Hot Flashes – are a warming and sometimes sweating feeling that comes over the body mostly affecting the head and chest.
Night Sweats – this occurs at night and can become severe enough not only to soak your night clothes but bedding as well.
Mood Swings – mood swings are common in most woman. You may be happy one minute and crying the next.
These are just a few of the symptoms you may experience once the menopausal transition begins.
A hormonal imbalance begins to occur in the body because the ovaries which produces hormones begin to decrease in making the hormones. This imbalance can create other symptoms like insomnia, weight gain, and other medical conditions like type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular problems. Some women may become depressed.
There are treatments available for most all symptoms of menopause. Menopause is a condition and not a disease so you treat the symptoms. Herbal and natural remedies have been known to relieve menopausal symptoms without the side effects that are associated with conventional drugs and medicines
Some woman may experience early menopause which is prior to age 30. Most of these cases do not occur naturally but are induced by some other cause like hysterectomy or treatments for some kinds of cancers, like radiation and chemotherapy, and sometimes genetics can cause early menopause. Woman who experience early menopause can and most likely will experience the same symptoms as a woman who is perimenopausal.