Womanhood survives through a lot of trials and triumphs and one of the most important phases that a woman goes by is the phase of menopause.
There is more than just a term menopause, which is what you need to know.
These are Premenopause and Perimenopause
Often people do not understand the real meaning and consequently interchange the words.
What is Premenopause?
This is a time period whereby when the woman will still be in her 30s and 40s. It is time when she is still fertile, capable of giving birth and also will be having her periods or menstrual cycles.
What is Perimenopause?
This is a time frame whereby you are just about to enter the menopause phase of life. This happens around the age above 45. You will recognize perimenopause when you begin to have irregular periods, pain, discomfort, migraines and even sleep issues. The problem begins when the level of estrogen reduces in the body. It is a hormone that is continuously produced within the ovaries. Note at this point, you may still be able to get pregnant , but it is not for sure.
How will I know if I have entered Perimenopause?
- Sudden hairfall
- Tenderness in breast
- Period become irregular
- Unpredictable pain in the muscle
- urinary tract infections
- Adverse signs of PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome)
- Memory loss at certain intervals of the day
- Frequent urination
Other Menopause Issues as revealed by Medical Research!
Weight Issues and Belly fat
As per the International Menopause Society, it has been found through a series of research studies that women who reach menopause will not simple gain weight on the run. Instead what was noticed was that fat gets more easily distributed in all parts of the body. The most fat will get deposited in the belly portions and that is what will take the shape of belly fat.
Overweight or obesity has not been observed as the general problem among middle aged women. Rather once they get fat all around their body, this opens a new vent to a plethora of diseases like diabetes, depression, blood pressure, cardiovascular diseases and even hypertension.
Another finding was that unless women at that age try to remain fit by exercising, in most normal cases, the fat will get deposited in the abdominal areas.
Heart Diseases and Hot flashes
Do you think hot flashes has any relation to vascular related diseases? Well, it seems true as per the research executed by the North American Menopause Society. Hot flashes is a common symptom in women who reach their menopause age.
But the study reveals that the more hot flashes a women suffers, the more risk of accquiring vascular diseases are present.
What happens to the heart?
About 250 women were take for research and it was found that when these ladies exercise hot flashes, the blood vessels seem to dilate. Also, the younger the woman, the more dilations happens. So, the study went to a conclusion that when women experience hot flashes at a younger age, it is more risky than when older women get frequent hot flashes.
On further research it was found that if a woman in the mid 40s to early 50s suffer from frequent hot flashes, she is more prone to heart attacks and other vascular diseases.
As per the Endocrine Society, women have been noticed to suffer from bone loss when they enter their menopause transition.
Osteoporosis is often labelled as the ‘silent killer' as the people who suffer will not realize how weak their bones become over a period of time. Research has shown that as women enter the perimenopause and menopause phase, their mineral level inside the bone seem to reduce. This will reduce the strength of the bones.
Hysterectomy (Induced Menopause)
Normally, menopause is what comes by a woman’s life as she grows old. But when a woman faces tumours, ulcers or any cancerous growth within her ovaries, uterus; then it will have to be removed. Now that is artificially stopping the functioning of the ovaries and thereby putting a sudden break on the hormones that were functioning well in the body.
So, such a situation is called induced menopause and this can be quite difficult for the woman and her internal body system to adjust to the changes. Having said that, still the woman will have to go through the hot flashes.
The issues that a person faces before and during the menopause is immense and most often women may not even realize what is happening to their body. The above mentioned list does not end here.
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