Menopause – Early Menopause & Sign of Menopause

Menopause – Sign of Menopause

Menopause is a natural aging process in a woman’s life that marks the end of her childbearing years. Most women experience menopause at about age 51, but it can occur as early as the 30s or as late as the 60s.

Menopause is characterized by phases that occur over a period of time – early menopause, perimenopause and post menopause. All three phases comes with noticable signs, and often, these signs do overlap. But full menopause is considered taken place when you have not had your period for one full year.

Early Menopause – Early Menopause Symptoms

Women who experience full menopause before the age of 40 are considered to be experiencing early menopause. In some women, early menopause can occur spontaneously due to early failure of the ovaries. In other, it may be caused surgically (when a woman have her ovaries removed usually during hysterectomy) or chemically (reaction to medication and radiation).

Early menopause symptoms are the same as natural menopause symptoms. Some of menopause related symptoms are listed below.

Perimenopause – Pre Menopause Symptoms

Perimenopause or pre menopause is the transitional stage leading up to menopause. This is a stage when you start to lose the ability to become pregnant. How long perimenopause lasts varies from woman to woman but the average is about 6 years.

During perimenopause, your ovaries start to shut down – making less and irregular production of certain hormones (estrogen and progesterone). A gradual decrease in estrogen levels may shorten your cycle from 28-30 days to 24-26 days, resulting in more frequent periods. Or you may experience longer cycles because you’re not ovulating as frequently.

Every women experience menopause differently. During this period of your life you may experience many changes. Some changes might be you’re getting older and others are signs that signal you’re approaching menopause.

Common Sign of Menopause Related Sypmtoms

  • Hot flashes – sudden rush of heat in your upper body (face, neck, and chest). Your upper body, from your scalp to your chest, may begin to sweat excessively. Hot flashes usually last about 3 to 6 minutes, but it is possible to have one that can last up to 1 hour
  • Night sweats – hot flashes happens while you sleep. You wake up finding your bedding soaked and you either feel too hot or damply cold.
  • Sleeplessness – trouble sleeping through the night with or without night sweats
  • Irregularity in menstrual cycle – menstrual cycles become longer, shorter, or unpredictable. Flows becomes lighter or heavier.
  • Decrease in sex drive
  • Irritability
  • Headaches
  • Personal dryness
  • Mood swings
  • Fatigue
  • Weight Gain

Post Menopause

Post menopause is the period after menopause. It begins after 1 year of having no menstrual periods. Because your hormone levels continue to decline, menopause symptoms usually persist or increase into the first year of post-menopause. When your hormone stabilizes at low levels, menopause symptoms will cease.

Menopause – Women’s General Health

Vitamins and minerals play an important role in women’s adult years – especially if you’re experiencing changes due to menopause. For mature women, below are some vital nutrients that may help address some common health concerns including bone, heart, and hormonal health.

– Calcium play an important role in a woman’s diet. Adequate calcium intake is essential for strong healthy bones and help reduce the risk of osteoporosis later in life. Women in their menopause years should consume 1000 mg – 1500 mg of calcium each day.

Folic Acid – Folic acid is a nutrient that women of all ages can benefit from. Intake of folic acid, vitamin B6 and B12 help in the maintenance of normal homocysteine levels.

Evening Primrose Oil – Evening primrose oil is a great source of Omega-6 fatty acid.

 

 

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