Early Stages of Menopause

Updated on 20 Apr 2009,
Published on 20 Apr 2009

The reduced production of the hormones estrogen is one of the major causes of the onset of menopause in aged women. It marks the end of the reproductive years of a woman. Genetics, Race, Environment etc. greatly influence in determining the age at which menopause sets in. It is a natural process that takes place in a woman’s life. However, in some cases this can be even induced. Women who have undergone surgery to remove ovary may experience early menopause. The signs of early stages of menopause can appear as early as 10 years before the ultimate onset of disorder. Yet every woman will differ in their experiences. There are also possibilities that the remedies that had worked effective might not prove effective to you.

During menopause, women go through different stages. Primarily, there are four stages of menopause which may at times span over 15 years. These stages are as follows:

1) Pre Menopause: The term pre menopause is used to describe the phase from the start to the last of her life’s menstrual period. Some use it to define the period when women start to experience the symptoms of menopause. This term best describes the normal reproductive function which leads to the next stage of menopause that is the peri menopause. This term is sometimes used interchangeable with peri menopause.

2) Peri Menopause: This term is best described as the transitional period in a woman’s life, though a number of people have their own version of definition for this particular term. This phase generally lasts for 2-10 years before the menstruation finally ceases. During this period, a woman may experience irregular menstrual cycle. The hormone levels often fluctuate as a result of the low production of estrogen.

3) Menopause: Menopause is the stage where the reproductive years of a woman finally come to an end. At this stage, the body permanently reduces the production of estrogen and progesterone. This period begins when a woman misses her period for 12 consecutive months. During this period, she might experience hot flashes and weight gain.

4) Post menopause: Once the period stops in a woman’s life and it doesn’t reoccur within 12 months then it is referred to as the post menopausal period. With the beginning of this phase, those women who have been battling with the symptoms of menopause, begin to experience less symptoms. However, the risk of certain diseases such as osteoporosis and heart diseases increases.

In order to deal with the symptoms of menopause, there are a number of remedies available. One of the treatments that is available is the Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT). A number of people are beginning to use this therapy as a way to deal with the issue. About 10 million people are found to be using this therapy as an alternative to deal with the symptoms and problems they face during this period. HRT helps in producing the hormones that the body has stopped producing.

Also read on to know more about menopause and sex to discover some facts about it. Your views and comments are valuable to us, so feel free to share them.

2 Response(s)
Jennie J.
can menopause be delayed?
Is there any relation between early menopause and breast cancer?
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