Menopause is a natural part of aging that happens in all women. The time when menopause starts varies from woman to woman, so it’s best to consult a specialist in gynecology and endocrinology for this matter. This condition of women’s organism is uncomfortable to live with, but there some ways to adapt to annoying symptoms of menopause and relieve them.
Every woman (regardless of her age) should visit a gynecologist two times a year.
The start of menopause doesn’t depend on the age when your period first started; hereditary factors are thought to be at play. In most women, menopause starts at the same age it started in their mothers. And if your mother had an early or premature menopause, you are at risk, too.
There are no tests to predict the onset of menopause. Blood tests will show changes in hormone levels only after the menopause has already started.
Menopause consists of three stages:
1. Perimenopause is a period of time before the last menstruation. It usually starts after the age 40–45 and lasts about 15–18 months. That’s when ovulation gradually ceases, and it becomes more difficult to conceive (but you still need to use contraceptives!). Periods become less frequent and less heavy. Perimenopause starts with irregular periods and ends in the complete cessation of menstruation.
During this stage, women may experience a host of symptoms. They include:
- increased heart rate;
- mood swings;
- vaginal dryness;
- increased urination;
- decreased libido;
- hot flashes.
Hot flashes usually last a year or two, 5 years at most.
2. Menopause is the year after the last menstruation. If you haven’t had period in 12 consecutive months, it means you entered menopause. Menopause normally starts at the age of 50 to 53. It’s when the risk of osteoporosis, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and obesity increases dramatically.
3. Postmenopause is the stage that comes after menopause. In postmenopause, all symptoms of menopause disappear.
To sum up, menopause is the year after postmenopause when you don’t have periods anymore. You’ll know it’s over once you stop menstruating completely and all menopausal symptoms are gone.
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