08 Feb Menopause, and on the other side
Menopause (also known as the change of life) is the time in a woman’s life when her body changes and she becomes infertile.
It is a natural event which happens to every woman. It occurs when your ovaries stop working and you stop producing the usual amount of two important female sex hormones, oestrogen and progesterone. It is this change in hormone levels that cause the symptoms of menopause.
The average age for a woman to reach menopause is 51, however, any time between 45 and 55 years old is considered normal.
Women who have both ovaries removed will go through menopause earlier.
Periods during menopause:-
Many women find that their periods become lighter during menopause, although some may experience heavy bleeding. They may also experience an erratic pattern, which may last two to five years before periods stop completely.
When a woman hasn’t had a period for 12 months, she is considered to have been through menopause.
Pregnancy is still possible during menopause. So if you are going through menopause and don’t want to become pregnant, keep using contraception even after your last period, one year should be enough if you’re over 50, but two years is recommended if you’re under 50.
Menopause that happens earlier than the ‘expected’ age of around 50 years is called premature or early menopause.
Some medical conditions, such as autoimmune disease and genetic conditions, can cause the menopause to happen much earlier, sometimes when a woman is in her ‘20s or in extreme cases, childhood. This is known as ‘premature ovarian failure’ (POF).
Most women have some symptoms during menopause. Some women will have only a few mild symptoms, but for, others it is a distressing and difficult time.
The most common symptoms are hot flushes and night sweats – you suddenly feel overheated and can’t bear to wear so many clothes.
Some women feel tired and lacking energy. Some lose interest in sex and some have problems such as moodiness, irritability, anxiety and depression.
Other common problems are:-
- trouble sleeping
- dry skin and hair
- weight gain
- vaginal dryness
- aches and pains
- needing to urinate more often
- not feeling good about yourself
These are some great options that you can do to help ease the symptoms of menopause:-
- avoiding caffeine, alcohol and spicy foods to help reduce hot flushes
- getting regular exercise, as this will help with feelings of low mood
- using water-based lubricants during intercourse, as this can help with symptoms of vaginal dryness
- reducing stress where possible.
Women’s diets can be hugely affected around this phase of life. Here at The Chief Life, we go above and beyond to help balance hormones and keep our bodies in the healthiest state possible. If you are having issues regarding this area of life, please reach out so we can help you today.