Menopause is more than just a permanent ending of the woman’s ability to bear a child, as it can be accompanied with annoying symptoms that may lead to various health risks.
To relieve the symptoms of menopause and to reduce its specific risks in a woman’s health, doctors prescribe medications like synthetic hormones estrogen, and progestin (synthetic progesterone) and often times even androgen hormone drugs.
This medical approach is called HRT or hormone replacement therapy. HRT reduces the symptoms of menopause and may also help counteract some serious health problems associated with this condition while also increasing verbal memory.
Before you rush into your physician and ask for an HRT prescriptions, it will be better if you really understand the condition. You can ask your doctor for stages of menopause and its symptoms so you will know what the drug can do and how it can help you.
Many studies have identified the stages of this stage of life of women. 50 years ago, there were no terms for each stages of menopause and there were no studies done to identify its symptoms.
There are four stages of menopause that all women will go through. The first stage called the perimenopause stage is where most if not all of the symptoms occur. This is actually the stage that most of us call “menopause.” Menopause is the final menstruation, and it is actually hard to identify until you don’t get your period for at least one year more.
Premenopause stage is debated. Some women say that it is the reproductive time where they start feeling the symptoms. Others say it is just all in the head. This stage occurs when a woman gets changes in her periods, but not really having annoying hormonal symptoms like hot flashes. This period usually happened at mid to late 40’s. But for some women, it can happen during their mid 30’s to the 50’s.
Perimenopause is when all the annoying symptoms are fully-on.
These symptoms are erratic and sporadic periods, headaches, hot flashes, and vaginal dryness. 47 is the average age for this stage of menopause. It is in this stage where a woman starts to lose estrogen and will see bodily changes. This stage can also manifest psychologically, like mental confusion.
Menopause is when monthly periods completely stop. When there’s no menstrual period for a year, the day of the last period is the day of the menopause. In America, most women experience this stage in their late 40s and early 50s.
Menopause at the age of 35 is called premature menopause, this may occur because of certain illnesses, or body’s autoimmune reaction in which the body’s defense system attacks its own organs, tissues and cells. It can also be caused by a medical treatment like drug therapies, exposure to radiation and for some unknown reasons.
Postmenopause is a third of a woman’s life. This is the rest of the woman’s life after all the stages, menstrual changes and hormonal imbalances. This is when the woman is free from all the symptoms caused by hormonal activities, and there will be no monthly periods at all. The woman won’t be fertile again.