Menopause Symptoms

A comprehensive guide to menopause symptoms, causes and remedies

The word menopause is commonly associated with older women. Well, menopause is a natural phenomenon that usually happens to women at about age of 50. It can be defined as the stop of woman’s periods when her ovaries stop producing eggs and hormone levels shift. Before the menopause itself a woman goes through a transition period that is called perimenopause. Perimenopause lasts usually from 2 to 6 years (for some this period may be shorter or longer than this). Once woman’s periods (or menses) have stopped for a year, she is considered as being in menopause.

Early menopause symptomsSo once again, the average age of entering menopause is about 50. If a woman for this or that reason goes through menopause before this age she has probably early or premature menopause. Early or premature menopause affects about 1% of women between the ages of 15 and 45 and thus is not that rare. The situation is worse for the US – according to recent medical studies, about 8 out of every 100 American women (that comprises about 3.9 million women) go through natural menopause before the age of 40. So, you see, menopause happens to millions of women before its normal age. What’s more, many women start experience hot flashes, vaginal dryness, night sweats, mood swings and lowered libido that are, in fact, early menopause symptoms even in their teens.

According to the two key ways to determine whether a woman is or is not menopausal are:

1. the length of time without a period,

2. a test of follicle stimulating hormone levels.

So, if a woman has her ovaries but she skips periods for 12 consecutive months and her hormone levels test is at post-menopausal levels, she has early menopause.

Early menopause is close to the term premature menopause. But they are different and the the criterion for differentiating between them is age. Early menopause occurs before the age of 45, while premature menopause is menopause before age 40. Still nowadays the terms early and premature menopause are often used interchangeably to cover many different conditions such as premature ovarian failure (POF), surgical menopause, menopause caused by radiation or chemotherapy, etc. But generally, they both mean that your ovaries stop working properly earlier than they should. Literally, they’re shutting down years before their time. Early menopause symptoms occur in young women more and more often and more and more young women are diagnosed with early or premature menopause. Thus, early menopause has become something that is no longer wondered about.

The problem is redoubled with the impact that early menopause has on young woman’s life. How should a young woman that is in her 20s or 30s (or even in her teens) feel when she starts to reveal early menopause symptoms that usually would have occured decades down the road? Depression, anxiety, mood swings, feeling of deficiency… A young body is going through immense changes and, thus, is telling on the inner state. Early menopause occurs out of a clear sky and shatters your image of a young woman full of hopes and a sound motive to live on a happy life.

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