News for those who think menopause is about night sweats; there’s more going on below the surface than you can tell.
Every time we talk about menopause, there’s the litany of discomforts — hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, headaches, mood swings, depression, and vaginal dryness. That’s just the party on the surface; there’s a mutiny bottling underneath.
Menopause is a transition period when the ovaries stop producing eggs, the body produces less estrogen and progrestrone, and menstruation becomes less frequent, eventually, stopping altogether. This normally occurs between the ages of 45 and 55. A gradual decrease of estrogen allows the body to adjust to the hormonal changes and because of the fall in their hormone levels, changes occur to the reproductive system.
There are five things you didn’t know about menopause:-
YOU CAN EAT ESTROGEN:- Hormone Therapy is not harmful and is not required for every patient. Doctors recommend this treatment to only those who show severe symptoms of menopause. Soybean, which has phyto-estrogen and isoflavors estrogen microbes, is a natural as well as viable option to be external hormonal support. Switch to soy flour chapatis to help make up for the lack of estrogen in the body.
GUESTS ARRIVE EARLY:- Sometimes the symptoms of menopause start three to 10 years in advance. This is known as “peri-menopause”. You may no longer sleep as well, feel mentally sluggish, have trouble concentrating and even experience short term memory loss. This may arise slowly, or come at once and differ from woman to woman. Smokers go through these changes earlier and they also tend to be more intense.
YOU CAN GET PREGNANT:- Though you stop producing eggs during menopause, you can still get pregnant through in-vitro fertilization with a donor egg. If you plan to have a child later on, you can even have your eggs frozen for later use. During the menopause stage, stage, when the periods become irregular, there is a slim chance of natural pregnancy. However, in both cases of pregnancy, the success take it very low.
NATURE CALLS OFTEN:- Most menopausal women suffer from incontinence and need to urinate frequently, Normally, the urge to pass urine occurs only when there is 150 ml liquid stored in the bladder, but menopausal women may even get the feeling when there is only 60 ml in an emotional stage, they may even leak without realizing. “Muscles of the vagina and the pelvic region become weak. This problem, however, can be treated medically.”
WHEN YOU COME TO YOUR MID 40s, HERE ARE A FEW TESTS YOU SHOULD UNDERGO:-
- In some women, menstrual flow comes to a sudden halt. Blood and urine tests can be used to measure changes in hormone levels that may signal when a woman is close to menopause or it is already undergoing menopause.
- If you have had six consecutive months with no periods and suddenly spot vaginal bleeding or spotting begins again (even it’s a small amount), visit your doctor immediately and do as told.
- Having regular pelvic exam, and Pap smears, once a way after the age of 35, and every six months after 40 to detect if there is risk of cervical cancer.