Introduction to the #Menopause
The Menopause is the name given to the time when a woman’s ovaries slowly stop working and periods therefore cease. This is a gradual transition for most women, known as the peri-menopause. The average age when periods finally stop is 51, with most women finding it happens between the ages of 40 and 58 years of age. The transition into the menopause usually begins with elongation of the cycle length, the term postmenopausal being used after one year with no periods. The fall in levels of oestrogen is associated in variety of symptoms such as hot flushes, irritability and joint pains.
Roughly 80% of women suffer from some menopausal symptoms which last on average for 2 years, but for some women the symptoms can last for over 5 years. Symptoms vary from woman to woman and for some they are quite mild but for others it can affect quality of life.
The menopause can herald the onset of several conditions:
- Hot flushes
- Weight gain
- Aching joints
- Calcium loss from the bones which in individuals with lower bone mass can lead to osteoporosis
- Rising blood pressure
These conditions are mostly caused by falling oestrogen levels and the most common symptoms found in western society are hot flushes, night sweats, vaginal dryness and sleep disturbance and the symptoms can start during the peri-menopuse.
The posts under the menopause section will hopefully give some insight into ways diet and lifestyle can reduce the secerity of menopusal symptoms and all findings and advice are based on recent solid research into the area.