In short, menopause is when a woman’s body stops producing eggs to be fertilised.
The main sign of this happening is the stopping of the monthly menstrual cycle.
Medically, a woman is classed as menopausal when they have not had a period for 12 consecutive months.
Although, for many there are other signs like feeling a bit hotter, irritable and irregular periods where they may have been regular beforehand.
This phase before actual menopause is known as the Peri-menopause.
One of the first signs of peri-menopause is a change in periods, which could become irregular, lighter or heavier (menorrhagia).
Some women may begin to feel a little hotter, like the heating has been turned up a degree.
For others there may be no noticeable changes.
Typically, this can begin when a woman is in her 40’s.
Although, there are always exceptions to that rule.
Actual menopause is generally speaking around the end of the 40’s, early 50’s, 51 being the average age.
Again, there are always women that fall out of that age bracket.
Menopause and its symptoms can be, for a growing number it seems, be very debilitating.
For some, the hot flushes, anxiety and other symptoms, last only a few weeks.
However, more commonly these symptoms last for years.
The longest I have heard of is 10+ years. I think around 3-5years seems to be an average timescale.
Oestrogen and progesterone are the primary sex hormones that women produce.
As women get older these hormones decline.
Progesterone drops much quicker than oestrogen, causing an imbalance, oestrogen dominance.
What causes Hot Flushes ?
Many Experts Believe…
- Decrease in oestrogen
- When oestrogen falls, the hypothalamus is adversely affected.
- As the hypothalamus regulates your body temperature, the decrease in oestrogen causes the brain to detect too much body heat.
- As a reaction to this, our bodies sweat.
- This series of events is what creates that heated, sweaty feeling
Some Common Signs & Symptoms:
- Hot Flushes
- Night Sweats
- Mood Swings
- Panic Attacks
- Low or no Libido
- Vaginal Dryness
- Weight Gain
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