I recently published what every woman should know about perimenopause. You may want to read it before continuing with this.
As tricky as the perimenopause period is, menopause can be much more. For you, as a woman, to cope when you get to this stage of life, it is required of you to know some things about it. When you do, you will be able to prepare for the unknown.
If you’ve been worried or uncomfortable about thus stage of life, worry less, you are not alone.
– Menopause, the cessation of menstruation; it is the time in a woman’s life when physical and psychological changes occur as a result of reduced production of oestrogen hormone by the ovaries.
– It usually occurs between the ages of 45 and 55. Averagely, at 50 years of ages.
– It the reduced level of oestrogen that causes the problems associated with it.
– Hot flushes and night sweats occur in about 70% of all menopausal women, and usually last for 2 to 5 years, according to Encyclopedia of British Medical Association.
– It associated with atrophy of breast tissues, genital organs and vascular changes.
– Vaginal dryness is the major symptoms. Because of this, sexual intercourse may be more difficult and painful.
– Psychological symptoms may include poor concentration, tearfulness, loss of interest in sex, and even depression.
– Osteoporosis may develop in later years. Regular exercise bring about increase in the high-density lipoprotein and helps maintain bone mass.
– There is also increase in the level of fats in the blood, which may cause an increase in occurrence of atherosclerosis and higher incidence of coronary artery disease and stroke.
– Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) has proved to be effective in relieving both the physical and psychological symptoms.
– HRT has also been shown to reduce the risk of fracture associated with osteoporosis and coronary artery disease. But, it was also discovered to be related to increased risk of breast cancer.
Before you engage yourself with the use of HRT, ensure you talk to your doctor about it.