Although it ends fertility, you can stay healthy, vital and sexual during and after menopause.
Menopause is a natural biological process, marking the end of menstruation and fertility.
The emotional and physical symptoms of menopause may include sleep disruption, hot flashes, loss of energy and — for some women — anxiety or feelings of sadness and loss. Women may also experience dryness, both inside and outside of the vagina, which may involve skin flaking or irritation.
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What is the definition of menopause?
Menopause is an event that typically (but not always) occurs in women in midlife but the average age is 51 in the United States. Menopause is defined as the permanent cessation of the primary functions of the ovaries, which is the release of eggs and hormones that cause both the creation of the uterine lining and the subsequent shedding of the uterine lining, also known as the menses or the period. Thus, menopause signals the end of the fertile phase of a woman’s life.
What are the first signs of menopause?
The first signs of menopause are typically physical symptoms that may include irregular or missed periods, hot flashes, vaginal dryness, trouble sleeping, bladder irritability, emotional changes and decreased sex drive.
How do I know if I’m in menopause?
A woman might start to experience both emotional and physical symptoms when beginning menopause, such as slight changes to premenstrual symptoms, cramping or heavier bleeding during menstruation, irregular cycles, or complete absence of menstruation, headaches, mood swings or depression. Vaginal dryness may also occur, making intercourse uncomfortable without added lubrication.
What is perimenopause?
Perimenopause, also called the menopausal transition, is the interval in which a woman’s body makes a natural shift from regular cycles of ovulation and menstruation toward permanent cessation of menses – otherwise known as menopause.
How do I know if I’m in perimenopause?
Typically, a woman starts perimenopause in her 40s, though she may start noticing the signs as early as her 30s. Women in perimenopause may experience physical menopause symptoms such as irregular or missed periods, hot flashes, vaginal dryness, trouble sleeping and bladder irritability, as well as psychological symptoms such as emotional changes or decreased sex drive.
How long does menopause last?
Menopause begins at a different time for each woman; however, the average age in the U.S. is 51. Although the emotional and physical menopause symptoms may subside, menopause continues for the remainder of your life. Many factors influence the timing and experience of menopause, such as genetics, lifestyle, diet, stress, general health and cultural perspective. All these elements affect how dramatically you will experience menopause.
Are there health problems caused by menopause?
The decrease in estrogen that occurs with menopause can have an effect on nearly every bodily system. There is an increased risk for osteoporosis and heart disease, which can impact a woman’s overall health and quality of life.