Premature Menopause: What to look for While most women begin the process of menopause in their late 40s and early 50s, some experience symptoms much earlier. Premature menopause occurs before a woman is 40, with some women first experiencing symptoms in their mid-30s. Roughly 1 in 100 women will experience menopause by the age of 40. Medical treatments such as radiation therapy to treat cancer and surgery to remove the ovaries can result in premature menopause. In addition, other factors such as genetics, chromosome defects, hormonal disorders, thyroid disease, autoimmune diseases and certain lifestyle choices including smoking can bring on early menopause. Women undergoing premature menopause typically experience the same symptoms as women going through natural menopause due to decreasing estrogen levels in the body. However, in addition to dealing with normal menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes and mood swings, many women undergoing premature menopause have to deal with additional physical and emotional [...]
Menopause marks a major milestone in a woman’s life and is a time of great physical, hormonal and psychological changes. During perimenopause, which is the transition phase leading up to menopause, a woman’s ovaries gradually stop producing estrogen and progesterone. It is these hormonal changes that cause menopausal symptoms. Perimenopause can last anywhere from 1 to 10 years — and while most of the symptoms that women experience occur during this transition phase, some symptoms continue into menopause and postmenopause.
There is nothing you can do to stop or delay menopause from happening. However, you can take steps to decrease the prevalence and severity of symptoms. All women experience menopause differently. Some women report having a lot of difficulties, while others hardly notice any symptoms at all. Symptoms of menopause vary from woman to woman and can include hot flashes, insomnia, headaches, vaginal dryness, low libido, urinary incontinence, mood swings, irritability, depression, and anxiety.
Menopause is the moment in time in every woman’s life when her menstrual periods stop and she is no longer fertile. Technically, a woman officially reaches menopause when she has not had a period for 12 consecutive months.
All the physical and emotional changes a woman experiences leading up to menopause are part of a transition period called perimenopause, which typically begins when a woman is in her late 40s or early 50s. Knowing what to expect and how to get relief can help make the transition smoother and simpler.
Four Solutions for Menopause Symptoms Hot flashes:
Hot flashes, also called vasomotor symptoms, are one of the most common complaints of menopause. During a hot flash you may feel a sudden burst of heat with sweating, usually beginning in the face or chest. This may occur due to declining estrogen levels [...]