Hello, darlings! Today I have for you another article from the health section: we will talk about how long menopause lasts and what are its stages.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to magically calculate the date when our menopause will pass. This is a very individual issue for each woman. This is a process during which all hormonal processes in the ovaries slowly expire. This is why we divide menopause into three stages: premenopause, perimenopause, and postmenopause. Each period has different symptoms and their severity. Check how the stages differ, how long menopause lasts statistically and how to deal with its symptoms.
How long does menopause last?
Menopause begins with the last menstrual period. However, in order to be sure that a woman has overflowed, 12 months must pass from that time. According to WHO experts, menopause usually occurs in women between the ages of 44 and 56. Counting all the stages of menopause, it is statistically assumed that it lasts about 10 years. For some, however, it can extend to 12 or even 14 years.
However, when exactly menopause will start and how long it will last depends on many factors such as genes and lifestyle. For example, women who are overworked, smoke and lead an unhealthy lifestyle must reckon with faster menopause.
Before menopause begins
After reaching the age of 40, some changes begin to take place in a woman’s body. They mainly concern fertility, which slowly expires along with hormonal changes. Since then, there are two periods preceding menopause: premenopause and perimenopause.
Premenopause begins 8 to 10 years before menopause. Then a woman begins to feel the first symptoms of menopause, but they are not very troublesome. Mainly, there are menstrual disorders, the cycles are irregular, and the bleeding itself can be different depending on the month. In addition, the signal informing that the body is preparing for menopause are intensified symptoms of premenstrual tension, such as severe breast pain, pain in the lower abdomen or joints. Then we should perform hormonal tests that will examine the concentration of pituitary gonadotropins (FSH or LH), the elevated result of which will indicate premenopause.
However, already in the case of perimenopause, a woman begins to feel the unpleasant effects of hormonal changes that accompany her for most of the menopause. These are, of course, hot flashes, sweating, insomnia, dizziness and general malaise. All due to a significant decrease in estrogen and progesterone levels in the body. This is actually the beginning of menopause.
And when the woman has already bloomed…
However, when exactly menopause will start depends on many factors and is a very individual matter. Menopause depends on genetic predisposition and lifestyle. Depending on this, we can go through menopause sooner or it will start later.
Symptoms associated with it can accompany us even several years after the last menstruation. Over time, the body gets used to the new situation and the undesirable symptoms of menopause pass, but before this happens, we can help ourselves to feel more comfortable. How? Using, among others, preparations in which there are compounds of plant origin – phytoestrogens .
Among the phytoestrogens, the strongest estrogen-like properties are the isoflavonoids from red clover.
They alleviate the symptoms of menopause: hot flashes, excessive sweating, sleep disorders, excessive nervousness, dizziness, cardiac arrhythmias, vaginal dryness, pain during sexual intercourse, decrease in libido, additionally:
– counteract osteoporosis, –
have a beneficial effect on lipid
metabolism, – can be used in venous thrombosis and cardiovascular diseases
Menopause doesn’t have to be full of unpleasantness related to hormonal changes. We can spare ourselves suffering and help fight the symptoms to enjoy life to the fullest. That is why it is worth observing your body and as soon as you notice any changes – check them with your doctor and start acting in the name of better well-being every day.