How long do we experience menopause?
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How long do we experience menopause?

A woman goes through many biological changes in her life. During puberty, she blossoms into a lady as her sexual organs begin to mature and her menstruation begins. Pregnancy is also one of the beautiful changes her body undergoes as she carries a child into this world. Her reproductive years continue until she hits menopause. Menopause is confirmed when a woman has stopped getting her period for 12 months. This normal and naturally occurring biological change signals the end of her childbearing years.

Peri-menopause

Before menopause occurs, a woman experiences perimenopause where the initial symptoms like hot flashes and irregular periods pop up. Perimenopause starts in a woman’s mid-40’s or early 50’s, but could come earlier (early 30’s - early or premature menopause) or later (well into their 60’s) and could last anywhere from 4 to 8 years.

The thought of menopause is filled with trepidation as horror stories abound of the very difficult and painful symptoms a woman can expect during this time in her life. That is why questions arise on what to expect during menopause and how long do women expect it to last.

What brings on menopause

Age is the most common instigator of menopause. Over the years,the ovaries’ ability to ovulate and produce hormones decline. Other things that can bring about menopause are surgery and medical treatments. Menopause itself is a natural biological occurrence that does not require any treatment. However, most women seek relief from any of the uncomfortable symptoms that come with it.

What are the symptoms

One of the most common symptoms is hot flashes which cause women to feel hot, flushed, sweaty, and have red blotches on their face and neck. Variations of this are night sweats (hot flashes that occur during sleep) and cold flashes (instead of feeling hot, women report feeling cold, having chills, or shivering).

To manage hot flashes, women are advised to wear layered clothing (so that you can remove or pile on clothing pieces accordingly), avoid hot flash triggers (like spicy food, alcohol, strenuous activity, or hot environments), and keep cool by bringing a fan and staying hydrated.

Since the duration of menopause varies for each woman, no one can accurately say when it will start and end. However, most women report having a positive perspective towards menopause. This is the age when women have clarity and have honed their emotional intelligence. It may be the wisdom that comes with age and the abundance of life experiences that influence the positive attitude towards menopause.

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