Menopause is a natural cycle of every woman. A new chapter in your life where the experience can be modified a ton by your own state of mind and how you feel about this particular moment in your life.
Regardless of how you feel about the subject, this is what you have to know.
Your period stops – however you don’t
Menopause can cause changes in our bodies however it doesn’t make us weaker. It relates to the moment in which hormonal production changes and is defined as the lack of menstrual periods for at least 12 months.
Despite the fact that it is a natural cycle of human’s life, the beginning of this part can come at various ages for various individuals. The normal age is around 51 yet it can extend from 45 to 55 years.
Medicinal methodology, for example, ovariectomy, chemotherapy or radiation treatment may propel the beginning of menopause and it has been discovered that the individuals who smoke have the menopause 1-2 years sooner than the individuals who don’t.
On a hormonal and physical dimension there is a lessening in estrogen generation, a decrease in the quantity of follicles and ovulation depletion.
What does menopause feel like?
Menopausal symptoms are identified with a lowered production of the female sex hormones: estrogen and progesterone. Rebalancing of the hormone production depends on each person. Some people encounter these symptoms for quite a while, while the luckier ones don’t encounter them by any chance.
The most widely recognized symptoms are serious sweating and hot flashes (remember that sweating can happen whenever during a day and comes in spurts). Hot flashes begin with a solid feeling of warmth, frequently joined by the feeling of palpitations and facial flushing.
Have you ever heard about cool sweats? Dissipation of heat can cause a cool sensation making the skin feel sweat-soaked. Once more, totally normal.
Hot flashes can happen to 70-80% of individuals with an uterus, however, just 20% of individuals experience strong ones. Usually, the sweating will last about 2-5 years however 10% of the symptoms happen 10 to 20 years after the last period. How hot flashes work is still a mystery for science.
In case you’re experiencing bad sleeping, that is also totally normal. Depression, mood swings and lack of initiative are regularly associated to menopause yet the connection of symptoms with absence of estrogen is misty.
Estrogen deficiency results in diminishing of the vaginal mucosa causing dryness and sometimes sting and pain during sex.
Acknowledgment of menopause
Confirmation of menopause as a rule comes with clear symptoms, fatigue and no more menstruation in a woman over 45.
Laboratory tests are not typically required but, in the case that menstruation cycle stops at a youthful age, further examinations are vital. The most vital lab examination to confirm menopause is the test of FAH, follicle animating hormone (pituitary gland). If ovaries are fading, the FAH levels will rise. Levels in excess of 40 IU/l typically implies menopause.
Menopausal symptoms can only be dealt with estrogen yet there are bunches of things you can do in your regular day to day life to lessen side effects.
You can start by taking soya and phytoestrogens. Although they are not backed up scientifically, it’s well known that women around the globe are having good results with them. The same goes for natural herbs and other alternative remedies that you can try. Of course, if you are having second thoughts, you should always ask your doctor.
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