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The First Symptoms of Menopause
Written By : Dr. James Pendergraft 
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Women And Menopause: At Glance

Menopause is an essential part of all women's life. Women and menopause cannot be taken apart. Women face many complications during this process which are determined by several internal and external factors.

Menopause is defined as that period in a woman's life when she losses her power to reproduce due to the discontinuation of her menstrual cycle. In fact, the word literally stands for the termination of the monthly cycle, having its origin in the Greek words meno and pausis, which means month and halt respectively. Humans and mammals go through the same process.

Women and menopause

Menopause is a part of the natural process of a woman's life. This phenomenon occurs with age as the ovaries slowly become unproductive, generating lower quantity of hormones-estrogen and progesterone. This takes away a woman's power to become pregnant.

The average age for menopause varies from woman to woman. In some women, it can happen prematurely around the mid-thirties and in some it can get delayed till the age of sixty. The average age for this process to start is roughly around fifty-two. If you do not have periods for an entire year, then you can say that you have had menopause.

Women and menopause cannot be differentiated and this process cannot be considered as a medical problem like an illness or a disease. It is a natural process which every woman goes through. Nevertheless, some women have a hard time during the process.

Premature menopause:

As mentioned earlier that the time for menopause varies from person to person influenced by various physical factors. Menopause occurring below the age of forty is known as premature menopause. Premature menopause can also happen as a result of medical treatments like chemotherapy or radiotherapy. This can be very depressing for those who plan to have children late in life.

There are many symptoms of menopause but it also differs from person to person. Few women have only moderate symptoms while others might have severe symptoms.

Menstrual irregularities:

The most glaring sign is the irregularity of the menstrual cycle or the change in the density of the blood.

Night sweats:

A sensation of heat spreading throughout the body from chest to the face, accompanied by nausea and sweating is called night sweats. They last for about thirty seconds to five minutes. Alcohol, anxiety and hot spicy food can exacerbate these feelings.

Sleep disturbances:

Night sweats are the primary reason for sleep disturbances. Women try to adjust their clothes according to their body temperature which causes a disturbance during sleep. This can result in sleepless night for many.

Genital changes:

The reduction in hormones inflow during menopause causes the vagina tissues to thin. This leads to vaginal dryness. Bacterial infections can also occur.
Urinary problems:

Infection in the urinary tract as a result of menopause is very common. The symptoms for this disease include frequent urination and a strong odor in the urine.

Joint and muscle aches:

Morning stiffness accompanied with joint pains in the knees and shoulder is very common during menopause.

Most of these above mentioned symptoms goes away at the end of this process. However, there are many factors that influence women and menopause like lifestyle, genetics, diet and social and natural factors surrounding them.

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