What Is Menopause? What Should You Know About It?

Menopause is something all women go through. Although it’s a nuisance, it’s completely natural. What helps with menopause is learning as much about it as possible. There is a range of guides for this online, which is why we’ll be taking a stab at this topic, informing you with our guide. So, read ahead.

What Is Menopause?

The first thing you need to know is what exactly menopause is. It’s when your body stops menstruating, so you no longer get your period. Menopause takes place when you haven’t gotten your period for over a year or 12 cycles, until then you’re in perimenopause.

It usually takes place in your late 40s or early 50s, but this depends on the type of person you are (we’ll be talking about this below).

You stop menstruating because of the decrease in female hormones in your body. This is especially the case with Estrogen. These hormones aren’t responsible just for menstruation, but other things too. So the lack of them gives you a hard time.

When Do You Get Menopause?

Menopause differs per person, as mentioned. There is no way for you to figure out when you’ll get it as when it’ll hit depends on your genes. If your mother, sister and grandmother experienced menopause in their mid-40s, this gives you a somewhat good estimation. However, this is not accurate.

If you smoke or have gone through any sort of radiation therapy, when you experience menopause will be very different from your family members. This is as the mutagens would switch up your genes, making menopause hit much earlier or later than it should.

What Is Perimenopause?

You probably have no idea what perimenopause is. The truth is, a lot of ladies don’t. Perimenopause is what you’ll go through right before menopause hits. It takes place when your hormone levels start to decline. Because of this, it brings about menopause like symptoms. So basically, it’s a taste of what you’ll experience in the very near future.

Perimenopause turns into menopause when you’ve not had your period for a year.

What Are the Other Symptoms of Menopause?

If you want to know how to manage menopause, you need to know what its symptoms are:

As you’re going through major hormonal changes, you’re going to gain weight. Unfortunately, the weight change would be drastic so you’ll have to prepare for this. That being said, you can always lose the extra weight, so don’t worry.

Your bones would start to feel weak due to the lack of Estrogen. This is why older women have osteoporosis. What’s more, menopause causes you to have vaginal dryness as you’re not producing female hormones anymore. Thankfully, there is a range of lubricants on the market.

What Are Hot Flashes?

One of the major symptoms of menopause is hot flashes. Like its name suggests, you feel hot. Unfortunately, the heat experienced is pretty intense, which is why you wouldn’t be able to bear it. Hot flashes get so bad that your skin could turn red. It could even get bumps from the heat.

As it’s your body overheating, you can help yourself by cooling down. The easiest thing to do would be to blast your air conditioner. If you don’t have an AC unit, think about taking long, cool baths throughout the day.

As you so easily see, there is a lot to know about menopause. Hopefully, we educated you well.

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