Menopause is a biological condition of women where the menstrual period is gone for 12 straight months. In short, it’s the absence of menstrual flow. Medically speaking, it is the transition from the potentially reproductive to non-reproductive phase of a woman’s life.
What are the Symptoms of Menopause?
Although menopause is a part of every woman’s life, it doesn’t mean every woman will have a similar experience going through the transition. Some women may experience a few symptoms, while some may experience multiple symptoms–both physical and psychological. Here are some of the known symptoms of menopause:
- Irregular Vaginal Bleeding – The irregularity may occur differently among women. There is really no normal pattern of the bleeding. Some women suffer minimally while others may have excessive bleeding. Menstrual periods may happen more frequently or it will occur unexpectedly after months without having one. This irregularity is part of the transition to menopausal state.
- Hot Flashes and Night Sweats – One of the symptoms of menopause is the feeling of warmth which can spread over the whole body—more often, it reveals in the head and the chest. The sad news is that there is no exact indication of when and how long hot flashes will occur.Night sweats, on the other hand, are episodes of drenching sweats during the night. It can give the patient sleepless nights and daytime restlessness.
- Vaginal Symptoms – During the menopausal period, the lining tissues of the vagina become thinner, drier and less elastic. Estrogen levels also fall during this stage. The patient will also suffer dryness and itching around the vagina especially during sexual intercourse. These changes may put the vagina to infection risks.
- Urinary Symptoms – The urethra lining undergoes changes like those of the lining tissues of the vagina. It also gets drier and thinner. However, this state can risk the person to develop another condition, which is urinary tract infection. The patient can suffer from frequent urinating. Sometimes, she can experience leakage of urine.
- Emotional and Cognitive Symptoms – Symptoms of menopause may occur physically but there are also reports that women who has menopause are found to have memory problems, irritability and rapid changes in their moods. These conditions may occur due to the hormonal changes. However, it can also happen due to the many unnatural occurrences during this period.
At What Age Does Menopause Occur?
The average victim of this normal condition is 51 years old. However, there are no exact theories on when every woman will enter the menopausal years. It can never be predicted as to all women are different from each other.
In some cases,menopause can happen earlier. Some women stop having periodsat the early age of 30s. On one hand, there are also cases when menopause occurred at the late 60s. However, in most of the cases, women undergo menopause at the age similar to their mothers.