There is no definite answer for the question how long does menopause last. Every woman will experience the menopause period differently. It depends upon the hereditary, age, food habits etc of a woman. But a normal woman can experience menopause problem for 4 to 5 years. You should remember that menopause is not an illness but it is a normal occurrence in a woman’s life cycle.
Some women may experience the menopause symptoms for just two years while some others ace the problems for more than 5 years. Some women may face the early menopause symptoms that may last for 3 to 5 years. Such symptoms include hot flashes, irritation in passing urine, losing sexual interest, depression, stress, night sweats and so on. Some women may get heavy bleeding before menopause. Some others may get heavy bleeding after menopause also. These are all due to hormone changes. Treatment is required for this. More than that all her psychological problems can be solved by giving more care and affection by her family members.
Menopause is the last period in women’s reproductive cycle. Her menstruation cycle stops because the ovary stops to produce eggs. Normal age for menopause is 51 years. It may last between 45 to 55 years. The normal menopause period is 4 to 5 years.
Mostly 80% women experience the symptoms of menopause while 10 to 20% does not face any symptoms. Out of the 80%, 60% women experience severe symptoms of menopause. Such symptoms include vaginal dryness, night sweats, memory loss, lack of concentration, anxiety and so on.
Most women face the problem of hormone imbalance and as the level of estrogen decreases, she may face the problem of unwanted hair growth in face, hair loss and sudden weight in the waist. The physical changes may heavily upset her. Treatment, regular exercises and healthy diet can reduce some of her problems.
Severe head ache and body pain may last for 4 to 5 years during menopause. Hot flashes may exist even after menopause period. All the problems require different treatment. But emotional problems can be cured by her family members. Meditation, healthy diet etc may provide relief from depression, sleeping disturbances etc.
Some women face menopause period for more than 10 years also. So the time varies from woman to woman.
By: Muna wa Wanjiru
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