Learn about Menopause
Something is going on with your body. There will be times during the day and night where you will suddenly fill very hot, as sweat beads on your skin. You have also been irritable all of a sudden, which people have noticed since you have a normally mild disposition. Also, you have trouble sleeping at night, waking up early for no apparent reason.
If you have experienced these problems along with changes in your period, you might be experiencing menopause. Menopause is something that occurs in older women when they reach the age of 50, although for some women menopause can happen earlier or later in their lives.
What Is Menopause?
Menopause is the natural transition that a woman's body goes through when her period is about to end permanently. The ovarian oocytes have depleted through a natural course, as your period cycles have started to change. Menopause represents the end of a woman's fertility and her ability to bear any more children.
Menopause consists of two phases: perimenopause and postmenopause. Perimenopause is the 12 month timeframe from the time when you experienced your last period. If you do not have a period anytime during this timeframe, you enter postmenopause. The postmenopause phase is for the remainder of your life.
What Are The Symptoms Of Menopause?
Every woman's body is different. So every woman will have different symptoms of menopause. Most of the symptoms you experience will be due to less estrogen your body produces at this stage in your life. Symptoms common for menopause include:
- Difficulty sleeping;
- Lowered sex drive;
- Changes in your period such as spotting, heavy bleeding, your period lasting more than a week or periods happening close together;
- Hot flashes;
- Moodiness and irritability;
- Vaginal dryness;
- Vaginal or urinary infections;
- Body changes such as a larger waistline, lose of muscle and fat, joint stiffness and muscle aches;
It is advisable that you see your doctor if you begin to show any of these symptoms. Your doctor can give you a full examination to determine if you are going through menopause or are experiencing some other type of health problem. Once given the proper diagnoses, you can begin managing your menopause to properly treat it and maintain a healthy body.
How To Manage Your Menopause
Adopt a healthy lifestyle with a diet that is low in fats and with high fiber. You also will need to add more calcium and vitamin D in your diet to fight off osteoporosis and heart disease that can happen when women go through menopause.
In addition to a healthy diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables, and vitamin supplements, you need to exercise and stay physically active with weight-bearing exercise. Your doctor may also prescribe medication for any other health problems you have.
Ensure that you get your yearly pelvic exam, Pap smear test, breast examination and mammograms. With thorough medical examinations, you will have a happy and healthy life with menopause.