Menopause and Its Symptoms

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009 No Comments Under: Menopause

Menopause is a natural process which is characterized by the fade of reproductive function in a woman. As a female grows older, her ovaries grow older as well, shrink in their size, stop ovulating and produce less estrogen. This period is called premenopause, and it gradually leads a woman to total absence of menstruations and infertility connected with age. On the body level premenopause is characterized by the fall of estrogen, which, in its turn, results in several body changes. Estrogen is a hormone, responsible for a wide range of processes in the organism. First of all, it’s responsible for the reproduction system, then, it plays an important role in bone strength.

When estrogen falls woman’s bones become much weaker than they have once been. Due to this reason the possibility of trauma is higher, the most spread of them is hip joint fracture, which happens in one woman out of three after 90 years.

With the fall of estrogen a woman can also gain excess weight, due to the fact that her metabolic rates decrease. Excess weight is accompanied by depression, instant change of mood, insomnia, vaginal dryness and hot flushes (feeling of fever). The latter ones bother the majority of women most of all, and they have a tendency to stay after menopause.

These symptoms are possible to reduce if you lead a healthy way of life. Even for women who are far from menopause, physical activity and healthy diet are the best methods to overcome menopause in future without major consequences.

Menopause commonly takes place when a woman is over 50, but its early symptoms are already seen at the age of 40-45. In some women menopause can come earlier, in others – later. The history of surgery is likely to affect the coming of menopause. Still, the majority of women overcomes menopause with minor issues.

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