Menopause is something that happens to all women. It is a natural change that they undergo midway through their lives. There are symptoms that some will experience and some who will not experience any symptoms. In this article we will look at some of these symptoms, the cause of menopause, the treatments and overall prognosis.
Symptoms are not common for all women experiencing menopause. Symptoms that can occur include: night sweats, increased anxiety, pain during intercourse, increased irritability, hot flashes and the need to urinate more. If your symptoms are causing trouble in your day-to-day life, it is important to speak with your doctor.
If you experience bleeding from your vagina you may have uterine cancer and it is important to get that checked out.
Hormone changes are what cause menopause. They are normal and happen to all women. Perimenopause is the beginning stage of menopause. This is when your hormone levels begin to go up and down, your eggs decline, and your menstrual cycle becomes erratic. The next stage is menopause where your estrogen levels decline to the point where you can no longer become pregnant and you stop have your periods. After about a year of this you will move on to post-menopause. At this point your estrogen levels start to plateau at a low level. This will cause brittle bones, loss of elasticity in your skin and a dry vagina.
There are some things that have been found to cause early menopause. They are: low body fat, vegetarian diet, smoking, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, removal of ovaries, living at high altitudes and autoimmune and genetic diseases.
Because menopause is something that happens to all women, something that is natural, there is no treatment for it specifically. However, there are treatments for the symptoms that come along with it. As mentioned earlier, symptoms can include: cloudy thinking, mood swings, insomnia, hot flashes and heavy menstruation. This is only a handful of the most common symptoms. One treatment that is quite common following menopause is hormone therapy. It has been suggested that these treatments cause many of the nasty symptoms that come along with menopause. Doctors are now recommending hormone therapy with lower doses of hormone, in affect, lowering the severity of the symptoms.
There are specific treatments for some of the symptoms of menopause. For example, with hot flashes and dry vagina there are prescription and over-the-counter prescriptions. When menopausal it is recommended to live as healthy a lifestyle as possible. Doctors recommend avoiding alcohol, caffeine and cigarettes. Doctors also recommend a change in diet, avoiding spicy foods and staying away from the heat. This could include not wearing tight clothing that causes the body to get hot.
Generally, things go fairly well after menopause. Again, it is a natural occurrence and mostly all women come through it unscathed. Having said this, there can be long term effects associated with the loss of estrogen that occurs during and after menopause. Some of theses long term effects are: poor muscle tone, poor muscle power, poor bowel function, poor bladder function, osteoporosis, poor brain function, deterioration in vision, and poor skin elasticity, to name some of them. If any of these affect you to the point of disturbing your day-to-day life, you should go to your doctor and see about available treatments.