Menopause is when a woman no longer receives her periods, marking the end of her menstrual cycle, whereas Perimenopause is the time right before menopause begins.
Although the age for it is different for every woman, as some get it in the 40s whereas some are in the 50s, the average age is said to be somewhere in between.
While some women may be relieved to know that they can no longer stain their favourite articles or can confidently wear white more often, there are many who feel the complete opposite. Although it is a natural biological process, it leads to physical symptoms which can get very uncomfortable.
In order to prepare our female audience for what may be yet to come, we’ve compiled a list of 5 things about Menopause that women wish they’d known earlier.
1. The Signs to Lookout For
Menopause is officially diagnosed when a woman hasn’t had her period for one whole year. Leading up that that, there are a few signs and symptoms they feel, which at times go ignored or are uncalled for. The most common signs are:
- Hot Flashes
- Night Sweats
- Disturbance in sleeping patterns
- Unexplainable mood swings
- Thinning of hair/ hair loss
- Weight gain
- Slowed metabolism
- Irregular menstruation
- Vaginal dryness
Even though there is not much one can prepare for, we advise that triggers like caffeine, spicy food, stress, and humid weather are avoided as much as possible. Moreover, being overweight and smoking makes hot flashes worse. In order to feel better, wear light clothing, avoid layers, and do breathing exercises to help calm yourself down.
2. Changes In Family Planning
Starting a family is an exciting time, planning a child later in your older years is also something many couples enjoy, however, there are chances that your family planning may require adjustment once a woman experiences menopause. In such cases, the couple will have to consider options such as freezing eggs, surrogacy, adoption, etc.
3. Changes In Bone Health
The reduction in the body’s estrogen levels can affect the amount of calcium in bones. This can lead to a significant loss of bone density, eventually leading to a condition commonly known as Osteoporosis. If not careful, falling or hard impact can cause fractures. This is why, in order to keep your bones healthy and strong, we advise you to:
- Increase Calcium Intake
- Take Vitamin D
- Avoid Smoking
4. Menopause Can Impact Your Heart’s Health
In some cases, menopause has caused palpitations due to the decrease of estrogen in the body. It can also result in weight gain, which is why it is important for a healthy life that you consult a doctor for a healthy diet plan and maintain a healthy work-life balance.
5. Hormone Therapy Is Vital
In order to decrease risks and ensure long-term health, we highly suggest you consult with a doctor as soon as you experience a drastic change in your cycles. It is possible that you may be required to start hormone therapy if the Menopause is pre-mature. Although the therapy is helpful, not all signs and symptoms will go away.
Are you a woman going through Menopause? Share your experience with us.
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