Menopause is a natural stage for every woman marking the end of the ability to conceive. A woman is referred to as postmenopausal if they have not had a period for 12 months in a row. It can happen naturally or as a result of certain medications, health problems or surgical procedures.
If periods stop permanently before a woman reaches the age of 40, they are said to have premature menopause. On average, women reach menopause at the age of 50 though it can occur earlier or later.
During menopause, hormonal levels and activity change affecting a woman emotionally and physically, to varying degrees. These experiences are usually transitory and tolerable, but if they become problematic, you should seek healthcare services.
Perimenopause develops before you reach menopause which may develop during the ages 30 to 40 years.
Although menopause is a natural part of life and does not necessarily require treatment, the symptoms and health risks associated with it can be treated. Additional treatment may be required for osteoporosis which is the loss of bone mass or to prevent it.
Dr Kwabena is a registered professional obstetrician and gynaecologist. Discuss your problems with us so that we can manage your problematic menopause symptoms. We will give you quality treatment and counselling on your menopause issues to ensure you live a normal stress-free postmenopausal life.
All of the years after menopause are referred to as postmenopause. It is an ideal time for many women to re-evaluate their health.
Although menstrual cycles become erratic or even cease, women in perimenopause can still become pregnant unless they take precautions to avoid it. It's best to use birth control for at least a year following your last menstrual cycle.
Most women have hot flashes for six months to 2 years, while some accounts claim they can last up to 10 years, depending on when they first started.