Menopause Basic Facts

Menopause Facts Every Woman Should Know 

Menopause Basic Facts

Menopause or else called climax is a pretty natural health condition every woman should expect at a certain time. This is a part of aging, and young girls had better think in advance about their health to minimize negative outcomes in the future. What do we mean by negative outcomes? Do not worry, as they are symptoms one or another woman may or may not experience. Again, it all depends on lifestyle. For example, many women experience hot flashes, night sweats, decreased libido. It does not mean all these symptoms are long-lasting, partially they may bother you if you do not initiate a certain treatment, however, one can easily manage them by following a healthy lifestyle. There are many more to say about this decent stage of female life, so let’s structure it per the most basic facts you should know before reaching menopause.

5 Basic Facts Of Menopause

Here the most popular menopause facts and myths, that will help you to start with this natural body process. Note, they all may differ in woman, and you should speak to the doctor to understand how menopause will manifest itself in your particular case. 

Menopause Fact 1: Menopause occurs 12 months after the last menstruation

Many believe that menopause occurs from scratch, unexpectedly. This is far from the truth. Menopause is a long process that takes some time. Its symptoms develop slowly, may appear in separate bursts, which then pass without a trace. Bursts become more frequent as you get out of childbearing age. It is a condition of an unstable cycle and the menopause symptoms are called perimenopause.

Besides, you should know that menopause can hit you early if you have a predisposition or underwent certain surgery. Alongside this, menopause is most likely to take place earlier in women who abuse smoking in large amounts. Basically, the more you smoke, the earlier you may get acquainted with menopause.

Menopause Fact 2: Your body continues to produce hormones

It’s not true that a woman’s body stops producing hormones after the climax. Their number is markedly reduced, but they remain. And this decline is not so terrible and bad. In postmenopausal age, high levels of sex hormones significantly increase the risk of cancer of the uterus and breast. Another thing is that hormones which are still produced fluctuating and may cause changes in your body. In particular, estrogen and progesterone will be radically dropped, and you may experience a number of symptoms including hot flashes, low libido, extreme irritability, tiredness as well as osteoporosis. However, do not be scared as modern medicine knows how to deal with that, for example, a doctor may assign you to hormone-replacement therapy to restore the levels and balances of lacking hormones. So, you can live normally and have less manifested symptoms. Besides, you may support your system with health supplements that contain hormones. Still, you should obligatorily discuss such a supportive treatment with your doctor.

Menopause Fact 3: Infertility is the only irreversible process.

Most of the symptoms and manifestations are quite manageable (look at our and Hollywood stars!) with the help of adequately selected maintenance therapy. The only thing that cannot be reversed is infertility. It is the cause of menopause. For women who have been diagnosed with menopause, there is one option to have kids such as IVF as well as adoption.

Menopause Fact 4: But you can still get pregnant

At the beginning of the climax, it is still possible. Technically, you cannot be protected only after you haven’t had menstruation for 12 months, which means the end of the fertile period. Physically, during perimenopause, a woman has chances to still bear children, and only if she turned to the gynecologist or therapist early. Commonly, doctors give high chances, as many women give birth even at 40-45 and older. But, do remember that each case is individual. While some women can be fertile in the late stages of perimenopause before the onset of climax, others cannot make it happen due to a number of other medical conditions.

Menopause Fact 5: You may not experience any side effects

These interesting facts about menopause deserve the highest score! At least 1/3 of women had experience with no symptoms of menopause at all. The only thing that women notice is the cessation of menstruation. 

As was said above, hormones have the ability to cause many side effects but you may avoid them by following a healthy lifestyle. Or, you are just the exception among others. Again, such occurrence of no side effects may be linked to good inheritance or if you really take care of your health, body, and mind at an extreme level. Otherwise, some women claim to not suffer from any because they cannot differentiate them from general symptoms and think that everyone experiences them. 

All in all, as you may see menopause is not so scary and can be unconceivable in some women because they basically enjoy it. The first thing to remember is to always have your health as the highest priority. The second thing is to promptly address all the symptoms, changes, or signs to the doctor, so treatment or prevention of menopausal “struggles” may be adjusted.

A Slight Digression from the Topic

All the above-mentioned facts or myths serve you as a reminder to be aware of all possible changes during the menopause. Furthermore, they differ in all women but some features of this natural female stage are unavoidable from the medical point of view including all three stages one will undergo.

Stages of menopause

There are 3 stages of menopause:

  1. Premenopausal. At this stage, the periodicity of the menstrual cycle changes, it can become longer or, in some cases, more frequent. A woman faces such manifestations as hot flashes, sleep disorders, depression, and irritability, a sharp weight gain with the appearance of a “beer” belly.
  2. Menopause. The shortest stage, which lasts only about 12 months. It begins after the end of the last menstruation. The onset of this stage is indicated by a reduced level of FSH (follicle-stimulating hormone). Only this can be reliable evidence of menopause.
  3. Postmenopausal. After 1 year of absence of menstruation, the final stage of restructuring of the female body begins. The reproductive function is completely extinguished.

All of them have a clear division in ages, for example, a premenopausal stage may hit you at 40 or even early, menopause may be diagnosed at 50 on average, and the postmenopausal period is basically all the following years. 

Types of menopause

Alongside stages, there is one more classification of menopause a doctor tends to comply with. 

The official classification of the World Health Organization distinguishes the following types of menopause:

  • physiological or natural;
  • as a result of artificially induced uterine excerption (removal), chemotherapy, radiation exposure;
  • ovarian insufficiency;
  • premature (for women who haven’t reached 40 years).

What Should You Do If Menopause Is Here

We have reviewed many treatment options and preventative measures for menopausal symptoms you may follow. Here, you may find the appropriate treatment and discuss it with your doctor. Beyond that, do not base the facts you know about this medical condition on your friends or relatives’ feedback or experience. Women are unique and have all different systems which both may bring them comfort during the menopause and hit them with many negative signs. If you are in the early stage of perimenopause, take your health under control and live then to the fullest without any fears of aging.

FAQ 

Why does menopause occur? 

The main reason is age. Menopause marks the end of childbearing age and reduced ovarian function. It can also cause some diseases, such as depression, osteoporosis, low libido and etc.

What to expect during menopause? 

Menopause affects all women differently. Some do not face any trouble, others show serious symptoms (sweating, fever, headaches, and so on).

How to deal with the symptoms? 

If the symptoms of menopause are causing you discomfort, tell your doctor. He may recommend hormone replacement therapy. During premenopause low-dose hormonal contraceptives, antidepressants, vaginal creams with estrogen can help.

What are the health risks of menopause?

The real interesting facts about menopause are that with the onset of menopause, it increases the risk of heart disease and osteoporosis. In the case of heart disease, a decrease in estrogen level may play a role, but doctors don’t recommend resorting to hormone therapy to eliminate this problem.



 

Sheri Goddard

Expert on menopause. Woman Consultant at Menopause Coach.
I will help you look at menopause in a "new light", and empower you to make healthy, alternative choices rather than thinking you MUST use unsafe traditional methods as you make your transition to menopause and beyond.

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