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We would be discussing about Menopause. Do you know that Menopause can occur at a young age? But how many women actually realize this?
Menopause is a major part of womanhood. Some women embrace it; some struggle with it. But it’s also a transition that tends to be under discussed – both by the women it affects and by health professionals – which means that many women do not realize that some women can start the perimenopause as early as 40 years of age, or younger.
It's important that all women, whatever their age, are medically informed about menopause and are empowered to approach it positively.
What actually is menopause?
Menopause happens when a woman's ovaries cease producing eggs, which leads to low estrogen levels. Estrogen is the hormone that controls the reproductive cycle.
A woman is in menopause when she has not had a period for more than 12 months.
What can cause menopause?
Genetics, lifestyle, chromosome defects, autoimmune disease, and epilepsy are some of the known causes for menopause.
However, it is largely still relat relatively unknown as to exactly what triggers menopause. What is important, however, is being alert to the many symptoms and knowing what steps to take next.
What are the symptoms?
All women are different, which means the symptoms for menopause can differ between women. Generally, however, women should be aware of the following changes to their body:
- Irregular period patterns
- Missed periods
- Different flow
- Iregular hormone cycles
- Depression spikes
- Hot flashes like panic attacks or heart palpitations
- Frequent urinary tract infections
- Difficulty sleeping
- Vaginal dryness
- Painful sex
- Night sweats
- Decreased libido
What are some treatments?
Treatments range from prescribed medication to more holistic methods that target the mind over the body. Again, the effectiveness of treatments may vary from women to women. Treatments may include:
- Oral contraceptive
- Menopausal hormone therapy
- Very low doses of hormones to supplement estrogen levels
- Antidepressant drugs
- Cognitive behavioral therapy
- Professional counselling or a psychiatrist.
Menopause can not be reversed, which means there may be some anxiety for women who might go through an early menopause because it may lead to unwanted fertility issues. However, it is important to remember there are other avenues for having children, including adoption, egg donation, and surrogate options.