You might ask what menopause and a
period have in common. The truth is that there are many similarities. Menopause
is the term used for the last menstrual period a woman will ever have, which is
commonly known as the “change of life”. This is the phase of a woman’s life that
typically occurs at the average age of 51, give or take a few years. There are
two kinds of menopause – perimenopause and premature menopause. Perimenopause is
the period of years in a woman’s life leading up to menopause when the body
produces lesser amounts of hormones sometimes resulting in physical and
emotional symptoms. Premature menopause usually happens prior to the age of 40
for reasons such as surgical removal of the ovaries or damaged ovaries as a
result of cancer treatments, causing an immediate onset.
Bleeding After Menopause
A period, also known as menstruation, is just one of the physical signs that
every young woman experiences, which typically begins between the ages of 8 and
13. Hormones are stimulated that cause her ovaries to start producing estrogen
and progesterone, resulting in physical changes such as growth, physical
maturation, and breast development. About two years after a young girl's breasts
begin to develop; she usually gets her first menstrual period. Then there is
another term so often used called Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS), which is a group
of symptoms related to the menstrual cycle or period. These symptoms usually
occur within a week before a woman’s period and go away after her period starts.
PMS symptoms can occur anytime during a woman’s reproductive years, most
commonly during the perimenopause phase.
Menopause and the period are natural processes that every woman goes through in
life and yet every woman’s experience is different. If you were to compare a
menstrual period, PMS, and menopause in a woman's life, you would see that many
of the symptoms are the same. The symptoms include a combination of
psychological, emotional, and physical changes, including mood swings,
depression, oversensitivity, memory problems, migraine headaches, muscle aches,
hot flashes, heart palpitations, and lack of concentration.
Estrogen and progesterone control a woman’s menopause and period, preparing the
body for pregnancy every month. When pregnancy does not occur, her body releases
an egg and she has a period. This reduced level of those hormones is what
produces the symptoms of menopause. Again, menopause is simply a stage of life
of lowering the hormone levels in a woman’s body. These are some of the common
factors of menopause and period.
A woman’s lifestyle changes and other treatments can have an impact during both
phases of her life. For instance, she should include regular exercise, eat
healthy foods, avoid excessive salt, sugar, caffeine, and alcohol, and make sure
the body gets enough vitamins and minerals to maintain a healthy lifestyle. A
clear understanding of menopause and a period is so important for both stages in
life. There are many changes that occur in a woman’s body. Because of this, it
is a time of life that can be confusing or seem mysterious yet for some women,
these changes in life can bring a sense of freedom by just being knowledgeable.
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