Here Is Everything You Need To Know About Menopause!
I first heard the term “menopause” when I saw Samantha from Sex and the City lose her mind over it. While she was complaining about her hot flashes, I quickly switched tabs and went to my information friend Google to quell my curiosity about this ‘M’ Word. That’s when I realised Menopause is nothing more than freedom from a woman’s monthly blood cycle, accompanied by a slew of symptoms.
Knowing about menopause was a bitter pill to swallow, just as knowing about menstruation was. While reading about the 7 witches of menopause itchy, bitchy, sweaty, sleepy, bloated, forgetful, and psycho, it dawned on me that there is no symptom-free process when it comes to our bodies. The bigger question in my mind was whether our women were aware of this condition?
What is Menopause?
Menopause is the time when your menstrual cycles come to an end. It is diagnosed after 12 months of not having a menstrual period. Menopause can occur in your forties or fifties. It is a biological process that occurs naturally.
All of a woman’s eggs are stored in her ovaries when she is born. Their ovaries also produce the hormones oestrogen and progesterone, which regulate their menstrual cycle and egg release (ovulation). Menopause occurs when the ovaries no longer produce an egg each month and menstruation ceases.
What happens during Menopause?
The first sign of menopause is hot flashes, which are sudden feelings of warmth that spread across the upper body, often accompanied by blushing and sweating. These flashes can vary from mild to severe in most women. Furthermore, Periods that are uneven or missed, Dryness of the cervix, Breast pain, Needing to pee more frequently, Sleeping difficulties, Emotional shifts are other symptoms. Sometimes Women may also experience Hair Loss, weight loss, fatigue, depression, and Racing hearts.
What are the 3 Stages of Menopause?
Natural menopause is not brought on by any medical or surgical treatment. It’s slow and divided into three stages.
- Perimenopause– This stage typically begins several years before menopause, when your ovaries begin to produce less oestrogen. Perimenopause lasts until menopause when your ovaries stop producing eggs. Estrogen levels fall faster in the last 1 to 2 years of this stage. Many women experience menopausal symptoms.
- Menopause– This is when you haven’t had a period in a year. Your ovaries have stopped releasing eggs and producing the majority of oestrogen.
- Postmenopause– These are the years following menopause. Hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms usually subside. However, the health risks associated with oestrogen deficiency increase with age.
5 Easy Tips To Deal With Menopause
- Stay Hydrated– Drinking cold water will assist you in regulating your body temperature. Drinking plenty of water throughout the day is an excellent way to keep your body cool and at a more balanced temperature.
- Consult with Your Doctor About Supplements– Consult your doctor if you want to take nutritional supplements for menopause or to avoid the associated health risks. Some women take calcium or black cohosh supplements, but these aren’t for everyone.
- Live a Happy Life- You may discover that your previous way of life no longer works during menopause. Menopause affects the entire body, and seemingly insignificant lifestyle choices may now cause problems. It’s never too late to start living a healthier lifestyle, and you don’t have to do it alone.
- Moisturize and lubricate- One of the most difficult aspects of menopause is pain during sex, which can have an impact on close relationships and self-esteem. Recognize that you have choices. Many women find relief from pharmacy-sold water-based lubricants and vaginal moisturisers.
- Dress in layers- When going through menopause, layering clothing is one of the best ways to control your comfort and keep your cool. Choose three or more top layers to aid in temperature regulation throughout the day.
Menopause may appear to be a thief who steals your mood, sleep, and everything you need to stay at peace, but there is always a way to get through the difficult times. Everything can be juggled by us women with a little extra care and effort. So Ladies, don’t stop with the hustle.