What Menopause Is
As women age, they begin to lose the ability to reproduce. Their ovaries cease to function and levels of estrogen and other hormones in their bodies drop. They cease menstruating permanently. When a women has gone without a menstrual period for the space of one year, she is considered to have been through menopause.
Menopause usually affects women in their late 40s to early 50s. However it can affect women as early as their 30s and as late as their 60s. Symptoms of menopause include:
- Hot flashes
- Irregular or skipped periods
- Depression or irritability
- Changes in sex drive
- Vaginal dryness
- Mood Swings
Menopause coincides with a drop in estrogen, and that drop in estrogen has be linked to long-term health issues like osteoporosis, heart disease, and poor brain function.
Easing Menopause Symptoms
If you are suffering through symptoms of menopause, there are ways to lessen the unpleasantness. Many times, menopausal hormone therapy can help ease hot flashes and various lubricants can remedy vaginal dryness. Other issue, such as trouble sleeping can being handled with lifestyle and diet changes. Consult your doctor for information and to learn what treatments are right for you.