All that you need to know about Menopause

Written by Dana Peterson

It is estimated that millions of women in the United States are going through what is referred to as menopause, or what is known as a change in their hormonal activity.

What is menopause?

Menopause is the transition period between a woman’s adolescence and adulthood. For many women, the change can be marked by a return to having regular menstruation, hot flashes, and an overall reduction of their sex drive. While some women go through this change without incident, some experience uncomfortable symptoms such as irritability, moodiness, and drowsiness. The symptoms felt most strongly by middle-aged women are insomnia, moodiness, and hot flashes, while the least noticeable maybe the change in skin color.

How long does menopause last?

Many different factors can affect the duration of menopause last for you. Of course, this is why no one person can tell you how long does menopause last. The answer might vary between different woman, but at least in general, how long menopause last varies according to how long each phase of the change lasts. For example, during perimenopause, a woman’s hormones fluctuate wildly from what they were in previous years, and a reasonable estimate would be anywhere from four to five years.

Birth control during the transition to menopause

It is common for a woman to want to use birth control after menopause because she no longer needs it, but this is not always necessary. One of the best reasons to use birth control during the transition to menopause is that you will not have to go through the complicated process of getting your hormones back into balance again. The great thing about these types of birth control pills is that they can help you regulate your hormones while still transitioning to menopause. They work by regulating your hormones and keeping them from fluctuating out of control.

However, if you do decide to use birth control during the transition to menopause, you should be sure that you find one that you can use correctly and effectively. There are many brands available on the market, and you need to make sure that you find one that is effective for you. Also, as your body is changing, you should consider that it might take some time before you get these hormones back into balance.

What happens after menopause?

For many women, they begin to notice that they are no longer able to conceive naturally. Others experience what is known as the “endometriosis crisis,” in which they may have many, if not all, of their uterine tissue removed, due to which their ability to maintain a pregnancy naturally becomes compromised.

The body no longer produces the same amount of estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone that it did before. This means that some of the symptoms of menopause begin to subside, and they begin to return to their more “normal” hormone levels. However, some women suffer from hypothyroidism’s secondary condition, which means that their thyroid no longer produces sufficient quantities of thyroid hormone for normal functioning. For these women, the answer to what happens after menopause depends on whether or not their thyroid function has been corrected.

The average age for the endometrial growth process to occur, also known as menstruation, begins to increase. For women experiencing this complication, their periods can last up to four times longer than usual. In addition to this, most women experiencing menopause experience vaginal dryness and an increase in urination frequency.

Symptoms of Menopause

During this phase of perimenopause, many women feel tired, moody, irritable, and difficulty sleeping. On the other hand, some women will experience a combination of these symptoms that make it seem like menopause has already claimed their lives. This is because they are experiencing what is known as postmenopausal symptoms, which are usually caused by aging’s natural effects that take six to twelve months to show fully.

If you are experiencing irregular periods for over a year, then this is considered to be abnormal. If you notice more frequent or more extended periods that still only happen at certain times of the month, you are experiencing perimenopause symptoms. At this point, the ovaries are still active, but they are not producing the hormones needed to regulate monthly periods. It is important to note that this is not the time to start trying to get pregnant or start taking fertility treatments because these have not been proven to help with perimenopause and irregular periods. Once the ovaries have stopped producing the necessary hormones, then you will have to deal with the changes that your body is making on its own.

How to deal with menopause?

When it comes to dealing with menopause symptoms, there are several ways to do it. One way is through counseling and therapy; another is to take prescription drugs such as an HRT (hormone replacement therapy) to help you feel better at night, especially when you cannot control your hot flashes. Medications that help ease menopause symptoms include estrogen (in tablet form or liquid) and progestin. However, if you feel uncomfortable taking synthetic hormones, you can also look into alternative methods such as hot flashes therapy, hypnosis, meditation, yoga, exercise, acupuncture, and homeopathic remedies.

Menopause is a topic that may be very personal, and any reader who is going through this change in their life should try to learn as much as they can about what menopause is, what causes it and what can be done to relieve the symptoms. Many books provide very in-depth information about what menopause is, what it is, and what you can do about it. Another great source of information is your doctor. Your doctor will be able to explain the whole enlivened puzzle of what menopause is to you, helping you understand what you are going through and what you can do to help yourself feel and look your best.

About the author

Dana Peterson

I'm Dana Peterson, a freelance writer, serial blogger, self-published author of 7 books, and speaker who enjoys enlightening others about unknown and little-known facts.

I'm a mother of two kids, but I've also been a typographer, a film composer, a piano player, a singer in an all-girl rock band. I love writing on cruise ships, or late nights, but also at home in my sunny southern California garden.

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