Menopause - What is Menopause?


All women go through menopause. Menopause is officially triggered when you haven’t had a period for 12 months. During this period, many women experience symptoms such as vaginal drying and hot flashes. Talk to your doctor if you experience any of these symptoms.

When does menopause occur?

Perimenopause is the time between your last period and first postmenopausal cycle. Your periods can become more irregular and closer in time during this period. It’s possible that your periods will be longer and bleed more than normal. You can still get pregnant during perimenopause. It’s important that you continue using birth control.

Some women may experience mood changes, and find it difficult to concentrate or stay awake. The changing hormone levels during perimenopause are responsible for this. Some women may notice a decrease in their libido or difficulty with intimacy. These changes will usually pass once your body has adjusted to the new hormonal levels.

You may notice that your breasts are changing shape or you gain weight more easily. The body’s decreasing oestrogen levels are the cause of this. Oestrogen supports the uterus and other female organs. If the levels drop, they can’t perform as well.

Your GP can help you to reduce the symptoms of Menopause and feel as comfortable as you possibly can. You can get help with lifestyle changes, hormonal replacement therapy (HRT), and other treatments. They can refer you to talking therapies, such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), and other types.

Don’t hesitate to consult your doctor if you have a lot symptoms. You’ll get quicker help if you let them know what is going on. OB/GYNs, certified nurse-midwives and experienced nurse practitioners, as well as other women’s healthcare experts, are available to listen to you and help you create a plan of care that is right for you.

Menopause age varies depending on race, ethnicity and other factors like diet, exercise, genetics and family history. Women of colour are more likely to experience perimenopause or menopause earlier than white women. Menopause is more likely to start between the ages of 40-49 than any other decade. The symptoms can vary depending on race and ethnicity. Some women may experience a smoother transition, with fewer or no symptoms. Some women may experience more severe symptoms such as vaginal drying and hot flashes. Other health conditions, such as endometriosis or irritable-bowel syndrome can cause symptoms in women. Also, they can experience anxiety, depression and stress.

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