Menopause is a phase that comes in the life of every woman, when their reproductive phase ceases completely. It generally happens between the ages of 50-55 years but there are some aberrations, which indicate early cessation in some women that come up during early 40s, whereas in another group menopause comes very late in life i.e. after the age of 60.
Menopause is of course not a sudden process as the change from menstrual phase to menopause is transitional in nature. That particular in-between stage is called perimenopause, when noticeable changes in the pattern and duration of period can be observed. Finally when the period stops coming for consequent 12 months, it is regarded as menopause.
What Happens During Menopause?
Ovaries, is the main reproductive organ in female body which is responsible for production of eggs and female hormones such as Estrogen, Progesterone, Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH), Lutenizing Hormone (LH) and Testosterone etc.
Along with age, ovaries become inactive and secretion of these hormones gets reduced drastically (natural menopause) which indicates the permanent impairment of reproductive system in females. Along with that it brings a lot many changes in the physical and psychological level of a woman.
Symptoms Of Menopause
Menopause is not a point that surfaces overnight, but it starts showing its symptoms much before it is actually reached. The most commonly noticeable symptom is irregularity of monthly periods which might start 1-3 years in advance.
Periods become more unpredictable and unusual for example sometimes with scanty or heavy flow. Duration of the period also get reduced or prolonged. Other related symptoms are like constant mood swing, irritability, depression, low sex drive, hot flashes, profuse sweating, breast tenderness, hair loss, headache, intestinal distress and osteoporosis etc.
Aftermath Of Menopause
Since menopause is a natural inevitable process that comes in every woman’s life, so it is always wiser to collect as much information as one can to embrace the process happily without any hesitation.
Of course after attaining menopause, a woman become vulnerable to a number of health risks like weight gain, heart disease, reduction of bone density along with brittleness ,change in skin texture ,urine incontinence ,vaginal dryness and thinness of vaginal wall, hot flashes etc. The degree of these over said problems vary from one individual to other.
Ways To Deal With Menopause With Ease
There are a numbers of methods which help a post-menopausal woman to deal with the awful symptoms tactfully. Since after menopause, the level of female hormone drops dramatically affecting vital functions, hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is an effective way of managing the consequent difficulties.
In this therapy low doses of female hormones (estrogen, progesterone and testosterone) are administered into the body by different means such as injections, tablets, creams or patches etc. However some consider this therapy is not a reliable option in long run as it develops a number of addition health risks.
Other than this there are a numbers of alternative ways which goes a long way in solving the negative impacts of menopause, for example Ayurvedic and Homeopathic treatment are some of the best ones that treat the symptoms of menopause gently without any side effect.
The first and foremost thing is to maintain a healthy lifestyle by inculcating healthy eating habits along with a lot of physical and mental work out that would pave the path for a hassle free life after menopause.
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