More than anything else, women need to learn about menopause in a much more detailed way than ever before. Even their male counterparts need to know about this so that they will understand what it is that women must endure.
Menopause is mandatory. Whether you like it or not, it is going to happen. It is nature's way of relieving the women of their childbearing labor and giving them official rest. You can choose to enjoy this phase of your reproductive life, or worry endlessly because of countless unanswered questions.
Rather than avoiding discussing it, menopause should be embraced with an open heart and mind.
Clinical view of Menopause:
The verbatim definition for a layman:
Menopause is "the permanent cessation of menstruation, occurring usually between the ages of 45 and 55".
A clinical definition of menopause which you all should know is:
Menopause is one day- the date when 12 months have gone by since your last period.
When you hear people around you, saying that X or Y is going through menopause, what they are actually referring to is perimenopause. premenopausePerimenopause is truly the span of transitional years around the last period ever, both before and after. Perimenopause can be understood in 2 phases.
Together, they can be referred to as perimenopause or as the general public sticks to saying, menopause.
Around what age is usually perimenopause and menopause expected?
Where majority of the women undergo perimenopause between 45-55 years of age, variants have been noticed. We have seen as young as 34 and as old as 64 to undergo perimenopause, however such cases are rare.
When explaining about a medical condition such as menopause or perimenopause, we usually stick to the normal age range of the state, and hence in this case we will talk of the 45-55 years bracket.
Exactly how do I know I am in the brackets of Perimenopause?
If you are above 40 years of age, are experiencing a marked difference in your usual menstruation pattern and are having the trademark "hot flashes" and night sweats, it is highly probable that you have entered the perimenopause.
Do not account mood swings for the diagnosis since they alone are a highly undependable factor and have a multifactorial origin.
Is there any way I can delay it?
Menopause is nothing to be ashamed of, or to be delayed. It is as natural a change as menarche, the onset of menstruation. You only need to take care of yourself and your body. This change is important since as you grow older, your body loses the kind of power and energy required for carrying a pregnancy as well as a laborious child birth.
You may hear all sorts of false suggestions to delay menopause, like hysterectomy, tubal ligation, tubal reversal, or hormonal therapy, but this is inevitable and should be anticipated and prepared for, instead of against.