Menopause: The Different Stages
A lot of middle-aged women are weary of reaching the time for menopause to happen. This is mostly because of word spreading around about the different symptoms that make menopause appear to be such a frightening event.
But simply put, menopause is the cessation of a woman’s monthly cycle. This means no more monthly periods for those who have undergone it. The fact of the matter is, a lot of women are scared of it because they don’t understand the symptoms of menopause, as well as the different changes it makes to the body.
Although women expect menopause to hit them at around the age of 55 to 60, there are instances where some women experience the onset of menopause before they reach the age of 40. This is what is referred to as premature menopause.
The window of time between a woman has her first and last regular menstrual cycle is called the premenopause stage. It is at this phase that a woman has normal reproductive function because her menstrual cycle comes on a regular basis.
Perimenopause is the transitional period, usually 2 to 10 years before actual menopause occurs. It usually manifests in women at around the age of 35 to 50. It is during perimenopause that women experience hormone fluctuations that is the cause of the dreaded menopause symptoms like hot flashes, night sweats, and vaginal itching. It is during this period that doctors advice women to take medications like Estradiol and similar brands to balance their fluctuating hormone levels.
When you hit actual menopause, this is when your ovaries stop producing eggs, thereby stopping a woman’s chances of getting pregnant the natural way. It is at this point that your body’s hormone levels stop fluctuation, and the estrogen and progesterone production slows down permanently. And twelve full months after the last menstrual cycle, a woman enters the postmenopause stage.
It’s understandable how women could fear the symptoms of menopause. It is, after all, their bodies that are changing. But know that with a better understanding of the situation, women can prepare themselves with what’s about to happen and make the symptoms more manageable and easier to bear. It is advisable to have a good, long discussion with your trusted gynecologist about menopause to have a broader understanding of the issue.