A woman?s life is often marked by drastic changes. From adolescence to her menopausal years, women strive to cope up with the remarkable changes that come their way.
According to medical experts, menopause is a very significant time in any woman?s life because this is the time her body goes through a lot of changes. These changes?mostly physical?greatly affect her social, emotional, and intellectual stability. Studies show that when a woman goes through her menopausal years, her feelings about herself and her attitude towards work and life in general changes considerably.
Menopause is perfectly a natural occurrence in any woman?s life. Unlike before when menopause is dreaded like some sort of disease, medical advances today have proven that a wide range of health care choices can be done to help women cope up with their menopausal stage.
Learning what menopause is all about, what causes it and what are the things that can be done to enhance the quality of life during this phase will help women nearing it understand it fully. Knowledge about it can even teach women how to deal with the phase when it comes.
In medical terms, menopause?meno (menstruation) and pause (stops)?refers to the last menstrual flow in a woman?s life or the end of a woman?s menstrual periods. Medical experts say that menopause is a natural part of aging and usually occurs when the woman?s ovaries stop making hormones called ?estrogens.? When the ovaries stop producing estrogen, the estrogen level will drop and will halt monthly periods. Low estrogen levels are usually linked to many uncomfortable symptoms in most women. Since estrogen plays a big role in shaping a female?s body in preparation for various female functions such as pregnancy, it?s loss during menopausal years can create a big impact on a woman?s overall well being.
The climacteric spans of menopausal years are usually dated from early or mid 40s to late 50s to early 60s. The entire phase includes the pre-menopausal years (before menopause), the menopausal climax years (during menopause), and the post-menopausal years (after menopause) or the ?Change of Life.? Aside from aging, menopause can also be triggered by surgical removal of the ovaries for any other reasons like illness.
Medical experts agree that about 75 percent of women across the globe report uncomfortable symptoms during menopause and these vary from the most common to the most complicated ones. Studies show that the most common symptoms of menopause include hot flashes and vaginal atrophy or thinning, drying, shrinking and thinning of the vagina. Other symptoms include hot flashes along with sudden and violent waves of sweating, irregular periods, vaginal or urinary tract infections, urinary incontinence or inability to control the flow of urine, redness or inflammation of the vagina, ultimate discomfort or pain during sexual intercourse, visible changes in skin, digestive tract, and hair.
Emotional changes like mood swings and depression are also distinguished during pre-menopausal, menopausal, and post-menopausal years.
In the long run, more serious health risks are related to menopause or the lack of estrogen supply in a woman?s body. These include osteoporosis, heart diseases and heart attacks that can be traced due to being overweight or obesity, blood pressure that is monitored regularly, cigarette smoking, illness such as diabetes, high levels of ?bad? cholesterol in the body and a low level of physical activities.
Menopause is usually determined after a woman has visited her physician. After the health history and physical examination has been diagnosed and conducted by the doctor, the appropriate therapy is then recommended to improve the menopausal discomfort. If you are on the verge of menopausal and you?re worried how to deal with it, make sure that you ask for professional help before anything gets worse.
Short note about the author
Dr Nathalie Fiset is a family doctor and a certified hypnotherapist. For more information go to: http://www.bestmenopause.com/depression.html http://www.aperfectharmony.com or http://www.myalpha-power.com.
Author: Nathalie Fiset,M.D.