Few Clarifications Regarding Menopause

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The menopause topic came into discussions recently. Not to long ago, it was a taboo topic. Women were afraid to talk about this transition even to their daughters. It was a new generation, free of inhibitions that started shamelessly the topic and opened a new era in the medical studies on the menopause and made it public.

A few generations ago, not to many women lived after menopause, but nowadays, most women live 25-30 years or more after menopause, which represents about one third or in some cases maybe even a half of their life, so it is very important to develop methods of improvement for some of the consequences of this transition and give women the possibility to overcome the problems that occur by menopause. Menopause is a natural process, not a medical one and even if it is caused by hormonal activity and has effects on both physical and psychological states, it is not the end of life. Sexuality may continue after menopause.

What is the actual process?

Menopause naturally occurs at an advanced age, and that is because once the body is aging, the egg supply ages too. Because of this, the ovulation are getting rarer and this is what is causing variations in hormone production. This process will go on until there won’t be enough progesterone and estrogen for menstruation in the body and it will stop. The process takes up to 12 months and when it is complete, the woman has reached menopause.

A woman is more exposed to heart disease after the menopause. The reasons for this are unknown so it is harder to prevent. It is recommended to take into consideration this factor before deciding on a treatment or a lifestyle.

Menopause represents a deficiency disease?

Doctors, scientists and researchers have started a topic on the menopause to decide whether it should be regarded as a natural process or as a health threat. Some specialists believe that the menopause is a hormone deficiency syndrome associated with dysfunction of the ovaries, requiring diagnosis and treatment. This affirmation is based on the predisposition of menopausal women for health disorders and on the statistics that 1% of postmenopausal women develop heart diseases, 0.5% encounter osteoporosis, 0.3% are develop breast cancer and 0.2% are affected by endometrial cancer. The risks for these conditions can be diminished by a replacement hormones therapy, which is strongly recommended by physicians to all the women that have no other medical reason to avoid it. On the other side, different specialists deny the idea of compulsory treatment of menopause believing that it will create an abnormal image of the old ages and put it in a bad light. Even though, they also approve that the risks for some health conditions increase in postmenopausal women.

Some menopause facts

The Perimenopause, the time preceding menopause starts most often between the ages 39 and 51 and it lasts averagely 5 years. One year after the menstruation periods stopped, it is said that the woman has reached menopause.

* – The average age of menopause is between 50 and 51. In 95% of all women, it occurs between the ages of 44 and 56.

* – Menopause before the age of 40 (spontaneous premature menopause) is rare, affecting about 1% of women in the United States .

* – Menopause is in many cases dictated by genetic factors so if your mother had an early or late menopause, you probably will also.

* – Smokers experience menopause an average of 1.5 years earlier than non-smokers.

Surgical removal of the ovaries or radiation therapy to the abdomen or pelvis may cause menopause too.

By: Ruben Knisely

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