What is Menopause? Types, Stages & Symptoms

What is Menopause?

What is Menopause?

Starting in perimenopause, hormone levels fluctuate. They don’t tend to drop steadily; they can suddenly spike or dip often triggering menopause symptoms.

Stages

  • Perimenopause – the 4 to 10 years before periods stop.
  • Menopause – is defined as occurring 12 months after your last period occurring on average at 51.
  • Postmenopause – the years that follow menopause.

Three kinds of Menopause

  • Natural – happens between age 40 and 58.
  • Premature – happens before 40, usually due to an autoimmune disorder or genetics.
  • Artificial or induced – affects one in four women and is caused by both ovaries being surgically removed or after chemotherapy or radiation.

Symptoms

  • Hot Flushes
  • Sweating.
  • Irregular periods.
  • Trouble sleeping.
  • Headaches.
  • Aching joints, muscles, and feet.
  • Breast tenderness.
  • Weight gain.
  • Urinary incontinence.
  • Changes in skin and hair.
  • Irritability and forgetfulness.
  • Anxiety and feelings of insecurities.
  • Diminished sex drives.
  • Vaginal dryness.

Getting Help

Consult your gynecologist especially if symptoms are bad, but try other remedies.

Alleviate symptoms naturally: e.g. hot flushes may be helped by cutting down on chocolate, lemon, alcohol, dried fruits, cheddar cheese, and food that contains sodium nitrate like processed meat.

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