By Riana Lance
There are some women who wondered and worried about what will
happen when they reach menopause. Menopause is not a scary
moment. So, donít be scared.
In fact, menopause can be a positive experience. It is a
for all women to focus more on themselves and make changes
will improve their health.
There's no way of predicting exactly when your menopause will
occur. In other words, each of us has an internal biological
timer that is programmed before birth to set off the hormonal
events that trigger both the start and the end of
It seems most likely that our individual genes determine the
age at which we experience menopause.
But there are things you could do to understand more about
menopause. The first step is to learn all you can about the
physical and emotional changes that may be ahead of you. In a
survey asking women what was the worst thing about menopause,
most said, "Not knowing what to expect." One woman added, "You
wish someone would tell you -- but you're too embarrassed to
In past generations, many women were too embarrassed to
menopause, even with other women friends. Today, thanks in
part to the rise of the women's movement; menopause is talked
about more openly.
Many women still remain in the dark about the details of
menopause. One survey, for example, found that most women
the average woman experiences menopause at age 45, when the
actual average age is between 50 and 51. Also, most women
significantly overestimate the length of time the average
experiences hot flashes, believing it to be five years rather
Although most women experience similar symptoms of menopause,
not every woman experiences all the symptoms.
Here are some symptoms you can acknowledge:
- Some women may have frustrating symptoms that start during
perimenopause and continue once they have reached menopause.
- Hot flashes have become the hallmark symptom of menopause.
Hot flashes are a feeling of sudden flush or warmth, often
followed by sweating. They can cause serious discomfort and
sleepless nights for some women.
Other symptoms that can start in perimenopause, but also might
continue once you reach menopause include:
- Night sweats (hot flashes that happen while you sleep)
- Sleep problems
- Mood changes (mood swings, depression, and irritability).
- Vaginal problems, including vaginal dryness and irritation
that can cause pain during sex and pelvic exams, and frequent
vaginal infections; urinary problems, including burning or
when urinating, or leaking when sneezing, coughing, or
problems with concentration or memory; less interest in sex
changes in sexual response;
- Weight gain
- Hair thinning or loss
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