17 Feb Am I Experiencing Postmenopausal Symptoms?
As a woman ages, the reproductive cycle begins to slow down. Due to this natural progression, it is natural for a woman to undergo perimenopause, menopause, and postmenopause at the end of her reproductive years. Over time, the ovaries slowly lose their ability to produce hormones and ovulate. The average age for menopause is 51, but this is not set in stone. Menopause can occur earlier or later, and there is no way to predict when a woman will reach this stage in her life. It starts with perimenopause, which can begin 8 to 10 years before menopause, but some will go through the transition faster than others. During perimenopause, the ovaries will continue to work, and it is still possible for a woman to become pregnant, but the ovaries function will gradually decrease. Then, during menopause, a woman no longer experiences cramps, bloating, and her menstrual cycle ceases. When a woman is considered to be postmenopausal, it means she has experienced 12 consecutive months without menstruating and is no longer able to become pregnant.
When a woman is postmenopausal, the bothersome symptoms experienced during perimenopause and menopause may gradually decrease, and you may even regain your energy. Unfortunately, due to a lower level of estrogen and other factors, postmenopausal women have an increased risk for other health conditions that are caused by your body’s decrease in hormones.
During postmenopause, you may have an increased risk of:
• Changes in mental health
• Vaginal dryness
• Vaginal atrophy
• Painful intercourse
• Urinary tract infections
• Cardiovascular disease
• Weight gain
Remember, it is still essential to undergo routine checkups and preventative screenings regularly, even if you are postmenopausal. Having regular checkups with your doctor can help prevent health conditions that can develop after menopause. Luckily, with the use of hormone therapy, you can take control of your symptoms and get back to living without the embarrassing side effects. If you are perimenopausal, menopausal, and postmenopausal and are looking to regain a healthy balance, be sure to give TeOra™, formerly known as Estro Rhythm, a try.