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What Every Woman Needs to Know About Menopause and How to Deal With Itfrom: Pat Moauro
Do you avoid the topic of menopause? Or are you a woman who can't wait for it to happen? Over the years, people have taken different stands and expressed many views on menopause. So, is it a cause for concern or a time for rejoicing? As a woman, you may ask: "When is it going to happen and will I feel anything?"
These are only some of the questions that women all over the world have been asking. Menopause is a medical term describing the time that a woman permanently ends her menstrual periods. Before you start exclaiming hallelujah, you need to know a lot more about it.
Menopause is a natural "phenomenon" and not considered an illness or disease, but it's associated with certain health problems like osteoporosis and heart disease. However, this doesn't mean that you will suffer from these two health problems during menopause. Low estrogen levels during menopause may increase your risks of heart disease and the loss of bone density.
Even if menopause is a natural occurrence in a woman's body, let's delve deeper into what really causes it. A woman's ovaries, which store her eggs, are also tasked to produce the estrogen and progesterone needed to regulate menstruation and ovulation. When the ovaries fail to produce an egg every month, menstruation stops and menopause happens.
Menopause usually occurs after a woman turns 40, which is a normal part of aging. However, some women experience menopause early. Some of this is due to medical treatments like chemotherapy, while other cases are caused by damage to the ovaries. Either way, if menopause happens earlier than usual, it's considered as premature menopause.
Natural menopause isn't an abrupt process. The three stages describing it are: perimenopause, menopause, and postmenopause.
The first stage happens long before the actual menopause does. The ovaries at this point are producing lesser estrogen than usual. As the actual menopause nears, estrogen production continues to decrease, bringing about menopausal symptoms. Menopause is determined when a woman hasn't experienced menstruation for 12 consecutive months. This stage signals the end of estrogen production and release of eggs. The third stage happens years after the actual menopause. Menopausal symptoms will lessen in most women but the health risks will rise due to estrogen loss.
Menopause may be an end to long bouts with PMS and other menstruation discomforts. However, it brings new challenges to women. Women are encouraged to follow proper health care practices to make menopause more of a welcome reality than a scary thought.
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