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Every woman, in the course of her life, asks herself these questions:at what age do menopause go, is there a way to delay the arrival of menopause and above all, what are its effects?On this page we will try to answer the most frequent doubts on the matter.
First, let's clarify by saying that isymptoms of menopausethey are manifold and can sometimes be very subjective. Before seeing what theeffects of menopauseI will try to answer the most frequently asked questions.
How old do you go into menopause?
The average onset is included in the average interval between 49 and 52 years. In some cases we speak ofearly menopause, it is typical in those who have undergone cycles of chemotherapy, uterus removal, ovarian problems ... there would seem to be a certain incidence among those who have suffered multiple abortions, but the latter statement is the result of a theoretical study.
Why does menopause occur?
Menopause comes due to a decrease in the production of the hormones estrogen and progesterone in the ovaries. This decline leads to the end of female fertility.
The first signs of menopause
Do you smoke? Better if you stop. I tell you right away that menopause comes early for those who smoke tobacco.
What are the first symptoms of menopause?
There are "warning signs" that may indicate the arrival of themenopause. What are these effects? First, the menstrual cycle typically becomes irregular, not only in terms of frequency but also in intensity (the flow may be lighter or greater than usual).
During the period preceding themenopause, the most common effects concern the "famous"hot flashes. Hot flashes are common only in the period before menopause and disappear completely when menopause is over.
Hot flashes from menopause are described with different intensity and duration depending on the subject. They last from 30 seconds to 10 minutes. They can be accompanied by chills, redness of the skin and sweating.
These are the first indicators: they warn you that menopause is about to arrive.
What are the effects of menopause
Theremenopauseis related to multiple symptoms. Amongeffectsmost common, I point out:
- Sleep disorders
- Mood changes
- Water retention and abdominal bloating
- Vaginal dryness
- Hot flashes (may be 2 or 3 years old)
- Vaginal atrophy
Theeffects of menopauseHowever, they are not only negative. In women who have suffered from endometriosis, related problems will tend to improve.
On some blogs we read that with the arrival of themenopausethere is an increased risk of heart disease. In reality this is false: several studies have shown that this increase is related to old age and is not directly connected with menopause. As well as the increased risk of contracting cardiovascular diseases, any bone loss and the increased risk of osteoporosis would also be related to age and not to menopause.
How to relieve the symptoms of menopause
Theremenopauseit is a natural event to accept. Sure, the symptoms can be bothersome but no drug treatment is needed. THEnatural remediesto relieve theeffects of menopauseare simple to implement:
- Avoid smoking
- Avoid caffeine
- Avoid alcohol
These three tips will have a positive impact on several fronts, first of all they will reduce the effect of hot flashes and will counteract the phenomenon of water retention.
Always for relieve hot flashes or any night sweats related to menopause, I recommend that you sleep in a cool room, with loose pajamas and use cotton fabrics.
Physical training can help relieveeffects of menopauseas it leads to an increase in endorphins and serotonin, neurotransmitters that have a positive impact on mood and the body.
Effects of menopause: homeopathy and natural remedies
No reliable evidence has been found that can highlight the effectiveness of homeopathic remedies into preventor delete isymptomsof themenopause. If you are interested in the natural remedies, there is no lack of experimental studies that theorize the effectiveness of the use of phytoestrogens. Try discussing it with your trusted gynecologist and learn more about the subject by reading our articleMenopause, natural remedies.
Among the natural remedies I would like to point out the use of hop extracts (which act as sedatives) and acupuncture.
Medicines to prevent the effects of menopause
In some cases, you can evaluate the use of certain drugs with your trusted gynecologist. Menopause is not a disease, so to speak of "treatment for menopause" would be somewhat inappropriate. There are drugs on the market designed to relieve symptoms or to delay their arrival. Among the many:
- Antidepressants (aiming to increase available serotonin levels)
- Clonidine (is increasingly used for the treatment of menopausal symptoms)
- Menopause hormone therapy (is a hormone therapy used to treat symptoms of menopause)
Before starting hormone therapy forrelieve the effects of menopause, let your gynecologist inform you about the risks related to the introduction of sex hormones. For example, estrogen therapy alone has been linked to several forms of cancer, for this reason, progestin therapy is often associated with estrogen therapy. In certain cases, the gynecologist might also prescribe androgen hormones (just like testosterone).