EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT MENOPAUSE
1. Menopause is the normal physiologic event where menstruation ceases permanently for at least one year, resulting from ovarian follicle depletion and the subsequent cessation of ovarian function (approximately 50 to 52 years of age). Menopause is the time when a woman's menstrual periods stop and her ovaries stop releasing eggs. A woman is considered menopausal once she has gone a year without having a menstrual period. Therefore, the exact time of a woman's final menstrual period can only be pinpointed by counting backwards after the fact. Although most women go through menopause around age 50, normal menopause can happen any time between the age of 40 and 60. The last periods are usually more irregular and have less blood flow. However, some women's periods don't change at all. 2. Fluctuating hormone levels may cause a woman to feel irritable, tired, and nervous. She might also have trouble sleeping, have headaches, feel dizzy, or have a rapid or irregular heartbeat. Lack of estrogen makes the skin of the vagina thinner, causing vaginal dryness, itching, or burning. It can also cause pain during intercourse. Some women may experience poor bladder control and, occasionally, aching muscles and joints. 3. These hormonal changes affect the body physically and psychologically by experiencing a variety of unpleasant symptoms, including hot flashes, irritability, night sweats, loss of bladder control, urinary infection, vaginal dryness, and pain during intercourse. These symptoms may also continue after menopause. 4. Because each woman's experience with menopause is unique, treatment depends on the symptoms that are most bothersome. Some of the treatments are A number of medications can help with symptoms during the years around menopause. Low-dose oral contraceptives (birth control pills) are an option if you are in perimenopause (the years leading up to your final period). Low-dose contraceptives may...
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