But, what if we told you that there is no play after this pause.
You must be confused with what I’m trying to tell you here. I’m talking about menopause. Once it’s paused, it’s paused forever.
Women have the most complex hormonal cycles. The most important one is the menstrual cycle. The presence of menstrual cycle in a woman is often associated with fertility. But there is another side to this phenomenon.
It’s all about when menstruation stops. Did you know that the menstrual cycle has an expiry age? Read more to know.
What is menstruation?
Menstruation or period is the monthly discharge of the mucosal lining/tissue and blood from the uterus through the vagina. The first period starts between the age of 11-15 years. The beginning of the menstrual cycle marks the transition to adolescence and puberty of the female. This period is called “menarche”.
Menstruation is a natural phenomenon which indicates the fertility of a woman. Like any other natural occurrence that has a start and a time to end, this natural cycle in females also has a period that marks its end. This period is called “ menopause”.
Know more about Menopause
Menopause is a naturally occurring condition that all women experience. It is a part of the ageing process of the female body. “Menopause” refers to any changes that a woman goes through just before or after her menstruation cycle permanently stops, marking the end of her fertility.
Causes of menopause
A woman is born with a set number of eggs. These are stored in the ovaries. The ovaries produce hormones oestrogen and progesterone, that control menstruation and ovulation. Menopause occurs when the ovaries no longer release an egg when menstruation stops permanently.
Although menopause is normal when it occurs after the age of 40, in some women it may occur early. This could be a result of surgery such as hysterectomy, or any damage caused to the ovaries, from specific treatments like chemotherapy.
The right age for menopause
The average age of the onset of menopause is 51. Majority of women stop having periods around the age of 45 to 55. Some women might have symptoms of menopause 2-3 years before they reach the menopause stage, and some continue to have their periods with fewer symptoms.
Symptoms of the menopause
Every occurrence in the human body comes with certain indications. To add on to it, if it is something that happens naturally, it has to have some symptoms which make it easier to identify.
In case of the female reproductive system, menopause is one such natural conditions that come with physical as well as mental symptoms. The time and severity of the symptoms of menopause vary from woman to woman. These symptoms can also have a significant impact on the daily life for many women.
Read to know what these symptoms are.
- Hot flushes – Sudden feelings of heat is one of the most common symptoms which is felt in the face, chest and the neck.
- Redness on the face and profuse sweating suddenly.
- Night sweats – Hot flushes which occur at night
- A reduced sex drive (low libido)
- Difficulty in concentration and forgetfulness
- Difficulty sleeping/ insomnia – Sleeplessness can make you feel irritable and tired during the day.
- Mood swings, such as depressed mood or anxiety
- Palpitations – Noticeable heartbeat
- Vaginal dryness, itching, pain and discomfort during intercourse
- Severe headaches
- Reduced muscle mass
- Joint stiffness and pains
- Recurrent urinary tract infections
- Bone weakness is another symptom which in some women, might also lead to osteoporosis.
See your doctor if you’re finding your symptoms troublesome. Treatments are available for relieving any stress symptoms that you might be experiencing. Your gynaecologist will help you manage your menopause.
About the hospital:
Ankura Hospitals is a chain of super-specialty hospitals for women and children in the cyber city of Hyderabad. Set up in the year 2011 in KPHB, near Hitech Railway Station, the Ankura Hospitals family has today spread its wings to Secunderabad, Khammam and Vijayawada.