Menopause

What is menopause?

menopauseMenopause is a natural process that happens to every woman. It marks the end of menstruation, which happens because the ovaries stop producing the hormones estrogen and progesterone. This is defined as the phenomenon of when a woman past her forties does not menstruate for 12 consecutive months.

Menopause usually occurs when a woman is approaching the age of 50 but the disorders connected with menopause may last for several years.

What is the course of menopause?

The signs of menopause are mainly connected with lower concentration of estradiol – a hormone which is one of the estrogens. A woman’s body needs to switch from regular menstruation to lowered hormone production.

Adjusting to the hormonal changes may take a different course in every woman. The symptoms of menopause may appear even a few years before the last period. Some of the below mentioned symptoms are not experienced by some women – it is a very individual matter. This is why the treatment needs to be established individually for every woman.

Menopause symptoms:

Remember that menopause is not a disease but a natural biological process. Menopause isn’t something to be cured - but treatment can lessen its unpleasant symptoms and help to restore hormonal balance. A doctor can advise regarding hormone replacement therapy, however not every woman can use this.

What can you do to help yourself go through menopause?