THE MENOPAUSE is actually the last menstrual period of a woman’s life.
The average age of the menopause is 51 but it can occur later or much earlier. It is the end of her reproductive years. She will stop producing eggs and her sex hormones drop to very low levels. However, problematic symptoms can begin around 10 years before this! This time leading up to the menopause, is called the peri-menopause. Women can also suffer menopausal symptoms for many years after the menopause too!
How will I know when I am going through the menopause?
This is very difficult to answer as often a woman may not know, especially if she is younger than average. Her periods may be normal and regular but she may be experiencing other symptoms such as memory loss or tearfulness. Women may be misdiagnosed with depression when in fact the cause is hormonal. However, if you are aware of the symptoms of menopause, you may be able to piece together the puzzle.
It is important to remember that these symptoms may have other causes that should be ruled out by a doctor.
- Unusually emotional/irritable/angry
- Low energy
- Low sex drive
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Irregular/chaotic periods
- Periods that are very heavy or unusually light
- Hot flushes
- Night sweats
- Memory loss
- Poor sleep
- Inability to cope with life
Put this together with getting wrinkles, sagging skin and breasts and flab appearing from nowhere and you can see that this is not always a fun time in a woman’s life!
The good news is that suffering is not compulsory!
The Family Medical Centre, Albir has a special offer throughout July 2017. Menopause assessment 25€ (normal price 45€).