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Stages of Menopause

Menopause is simply the time in which the ovaries no longer release eggs, the production of key hormones decrease and menstruation ceases. Menopause is broken down into three stages to best describe the gradual changes that occur over the course of 10 to 20 years.

Perimenopause
The first signs of menopause typically start in a woman during her 40's and this is called perimenopause. This is the stage in which the ovaries begin to produce less estrogen and can last years before a final period. Signs of perimenopause include:

  • Irregular Periods
    The first symptom of perimenopause is a change in the length and frequency of monthly periods. This can mean more frequent or fewer periods.
  • Reduced Fertility
    Getting pregnant while in the perimenopause stage is not impossible but can become more challenging due to lowered estrogen levels and less consistent ovulation.
  • Night Sweats
    This is the result of hot and sweaty during the night. Many women subtly experience night sweats with gradual frequency over the years.
  • Sleep Disturbance
    Many women report sleep problems during the night caused by night sweats. However, others also experience difficultly falling asleep.
  • Vaginal Dryness
    Reduced levels of estrogen production can result in vaginal dryness and sometimes pain during sex.
  • Mood Swings
    Hormone changes and sleep issues are often the culprit of mood swings during perimenopause.
  • Incontinence
    Many women report having to urinate more frequently during the different stages of menopause. Also, cases of bladder infections are more frequent during the perimenopause.
  • Weight Gain
    Many women experience weight gain during menopause and typically experience and increased weight circumference.
  • Concentration Issues
    Memory and focus can be a struggle during the times of menopause.
  • Hot Flashes
    This is a sudden feeling of being hot and typically is felt in the chest, neck and face. Hot flashes typically last a few minutes and cause the face to redden. While some people report a few hot flashes during perimenopause, hot flashes are most prevalent after the period stops.

Menopause
The time in which your period has stopped for at least one year is the general definition of menopause. Most women stop having a period anywhere between their late 40's to early 60's. Due to the low production of estrogen and other key hormones the signs and symptoms of menopause are at an all time high. Night sweats, vaginal dryness, mood swings, concentration issues and more are most persistent.

Postmenopausal
When the symptoms of menopause decline, somewhere between 2 and 10 years after a period ceases, a women is said to be postmenopausal. This is a time when the symptoms of menopause are minimal.

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fascinating to note that Asian women have a very different experience of the menopause to Western women. They rarely experience hot flushes and night sweats and, until recently, the Japanese language didn't even include the term "hot flush" .

Published:  Wed, 20 Sep 2017 18:31:00 GMT



Menopause hormone therapy not linked to premature death

Women who take hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to ease menopause symptoms like hot flashes and night sweats may be no more likely to die prematurely than women who don't take hormones, a new study suggests. Many women have been reluctant to use hormones ...

Published:  Wed, 13 Sep 2017 21:43:00 GMT



Tickets On Sale Now: Menopause The Musical Plays Greensboro

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Don't miss your chance to laugh, cry and celebrate that special time in a woman's life! Menopause The Musical is headed to Greensboro through Sunday, September 24, 2017. One of the show's stars Donna J. Huntley joined WFMY News 2's ...

Published:  Wed, 20 Sep 2017 08:29:00 GMT



New Treatments for Menopause Symptoms

Depending on your age, you may be preparing for it. Or it may have already passed you by. It can be accompanied by several symptoms, or you may not notice many changes at all. But if you're a woman, your body is expected to go through it. It's menopause.

Published:  Mon, 18 Sep 2017 10:51:00 GMT



Menopause And Sleeplessness: How Hormonal Changes In Middle-Aged Women Affect Sleep

Dealing with the mid-life crisis can be tough, especially for postmenopausal women. Among the various menopausal symptoms faced by these women due to hormonal changes, is also sleep deprivation. According to a new government study, more than one in four ...

Published:  Sat, 16 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMT



Could hormone supplement therapy for menopause make a comeback

The door may be opening again for menopausal women suffering from hot flashes and night sweats to receive some relief from a source once thought too dangerous to consider, researchers say. Hormone replacement therapy to treat symptoms of menopause does not ...

Published:  Wed, 13 Sep 2017 10:05:00 GMT



Could Hormone Supplements for Menopause Return

TUESDAY, Sept. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The door may be opening again for menopausal women suffering from hot flashes and night sweats to receive some relief from a source once thought too dangerous to consider, researchers say. Women who took estrogen ...

Published:  Thu, 14 Sep 2017 13:36:00 GMT



National Menopause Awareness Month

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - September is National Menopause Awareness Month. While menopause is a normal part of aging, many women may not be fully prepared for the changes that come with this new stage in their life and how it can affect their relationships.

Published:  Mon, 18 Sep 2017 01:00:00 GMT



Sinead O'Connor tells Dr. Phil her problems stemmed from being 'flung into menopause'

Dr. Phil McGraw opened his new season Tuesday with a wide-ranging interview with troubled troubadour Sinead O'Connor, who discusses such topics as her abuse at the hands of her mother, how a hysterectomy made her come unglued and led her to attempt ...

Published:  Tue, 12 Sep 2017 15:10:00 GMT



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