Living With Your Menopause

The age at which occur perimenopause and menopause varies from woman to another. The intensity of these troubles is also different for each woman.

An history of hormones
Menopause marks the end of the activity of the ovaries. It corresponds to a cessation of sexual hormonal secretions (estrogen and progesterone), which leads to disruption of the body and not just at the genitals or breasts.
As you get older you may experience several troubles such as hot flashes, decreased libido, dry skin and genital tract, weight gain, fatigue, headaches, psychological fragility.

• Around 50 years
Fortunately, all women do not necessarily know all these inconveniences and intensity can be very variable. Menopause usually occurs around the fifties and settle gradually.
The phase that precedes menopause called pre or perimenopause is a period of transition.

• Perimenopause
It precedes the end of functioning ovaries (total and definitive rules) and is often a difficult period for women, the production of estrogen and progesterone begin to fall but erratically, the delicate hormonal balance is upset and inconvenience first appear.

• 3 years before menopause
Irregularity cycles, hot flashes, irritability, fatigue, weight gain and likely to gain belly, this is not uncommon.
More than one in two women can see their quality of life altered significantly during perimenopause. It lasts an average of three years but can also be much longer or shorter.

• Between 50 and 52 years
Like puberty, the age of perimenopause and menopause vary . The average age of menopause is between 50 and 52 years but can vary over a range of 10 years.
Heredity can play a role, a woman whose mother was very early menopause is likely to be early, too. As for smoking, it slightly ahead of one or two years the age of menopause.



June 10, 2008 at 5:12 PM

I'm in the thick of menopause. I appreciate the very thorough information. I'll be sure to share with my clients.


June 14, 2008 at 7:00 PM

Ah yes, the dreaded smoking (I can hardly write the word without a sudden craving for a cigarette...) smoking will speed up the process.