The Three Phases Of Menopause
Menopause begins when a woman’s periods cease. For most ladies, it begins in their mid 40’s, although it varies from one lady to the next. As the levels of estrogen and progesterone drop, a woman may begin to experience the symptoms of pre-menopause (also known as perimenopause. symptoms of menopause is usually a gradual process that can take several years. The menopause process can be separated into three phases: pre-menopause or perimenopause, menopause and post-menopause.
Perimenopause can begin three to five years before your last period. It is documented by some experts that say perimenopause is the 15 years before your last period. Menopause symptoms may start gradually during this time. The common joke about perimenopause is that the one consistent thing about perimenopause is that its inconsistent. You may notice that your monthly cycyles are not as regular, ovulation is inconsistent, your cycles may last longer, and you probably will experience mood swings. PMS symptoms can get worse.
Menopause begins once you’ve had your last menstrual cycle. Your postmenopause may continue for awhile, including putting on weight. Your hormone levels are adjusting to lower levels, and your body is making its final adjustments to no longer being fertile. During this second stage of menopuase, your ovaries have stopped releasing eggs, and estrogen production has decreased significantly.
The final stage of menopause (also known as post-menopause begins when you have not had a menstrual cycle for a year. Many of the symptoms of menopause have eased, or will continue to ease up as time passes. Getting yourself pregnant is no longer a possibility. With the low amounts of estrogen, however, there are new health issues you may now be faced with like osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease. Once a woman enters her post-menopausal phase of life, her risks of cardiovascular disease are equal to that of a man.
Menopause symptoms may be uncomfortable and distressing, but remember they are temporary. If you feel they are affecting your life in a negative way, see your careprovider. They may be able to suggest some remedies to help you get through many of the changes. One thing I would strongly suggest is to try natural therapies or to find alternative methods to deal with the menopausal symptoms.