Menopause isn’t a disease but is a normal phase in a woman’s life and sadly you can’t avoid it. All girls will experience differing signs of menopause and on average, women live over 20 years after going through menopause. Menopause is usually referred to as the”change of life” because you go from being fertile to infertile.
Perimenopause is the early stages of menopause and most frequently occurs in the mid-forties. The principal menopause symptom is an irregularity of the monthly cycle. About 75 percent of women report experiencing hot flashes in the years leading up to the menopause. Menopause is caused by a decline in the body’s production of estrogen and occurs slowly over a few or more years. A drop in estrogen increases the risk of cardiovascular disease and heart attacks.
Additionally, it increases the incidence of osteoporosis. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for girls. 40 percent of women over 40 suffer bone fractures and this can often result from the reduction of bone mass that occurs with menopause. There’s not any direct correlation between ethnicity, age , number of children born or using oral contraceptives in determining when a woman will go through menopause.
Smoking can lead to menopause to occur one or more years early. Smoking also increases the risk of heart attack and stroke and thus it’s highly suggested that women quit smoking while in their menopausal years. Genetics is the significant factor as to when menopause will occur. You’re most likely to experience menopause at about the same age as your mother did.
HRT (hormone replacement therapy) is one method of treating some of the most acute symptoms of menopause. ERT (estrogen replacement therapy) is very similar to HRT except that testosterone is used. HRT can help prevent cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis by replacing the hormones lost through menopause. HRT also has numerous dangers involved such as an increased risk of breast cancer and possibly uterine cancer. You should speak with your doctor about the potential risks and if HRT is perfect for you.
Menopause is considered complete after one year without menstruation i.e. without having a monthly interval. Until menopause is complete you’re still able to become pregnant and thus you still should take proper precautions. The most common symptoms of menopause include irregular intervals, irritability, hot flashes, sleep issues and a decreased libido. Good nutrition and exercise are two ways to lower the severity of some menopause symptoms. Vitamin supplements are crucial to ensure appropriate health during this time period. An FSH test can determine if you’ve started menopause. It measures the amount of FSH, which are usually below 10 MIU/mil. A level of 30 or 40 MIU/mil probably means you have reached menopause.