The menopause, sometimes occur before the age of 40 and occasionally in females in their 20s. In majority of women the menopause occurs during their late 40s and early 50s. The female reproductive system cycle starts from the adolescence in early teens and lasts until the end of menopause. Perimenopause is the transitional period from normal menstrual periods to the end of periods cycle. This transition usually takes up to ten years. During this transition phase women experience a combination of PMS and menopausal symptoms and there are some women who don’t experience any symptoms at all.
Symptoms of Menopause
The below list comprises of the common symptoms that occur during perimenopause and menopause. The symptoms are listed based on the real life experience of women.
- Increased nervousness.
- Menstrual disturbance.
- Hot flash.
- Chilly feeling.
- Crying spells.
- Other annoying symptoms.
All these miseries arise from the fact that ovaries are no longer producing their normal amount of estrogen or female hormone. Lack of normal hormone balance may result in a constant backache, due perhaps to osteoporosis arising from low level of estrogen in the blood stream. If not treated this may lead to collapse of one or more of the vertebrae, causing the woman to lose weight because of bending and deformity of the spine.
More serious symptoms of the menopause are quickly brought under control by the use of estrogen. The usual dosage is 2mg (20,000 units) injected every week with the consultation of your doctor. However, estrogen tablets (1.25mg) may be given daily as a maintenance dose with the consultation of your doctor. It must be kept in mind that larger dosage of estrogen may produce bleeding and soreness in the breasts. Herbs such as Black cohosh, Chasteberry, Evening primrose, Dong quai,Valerian root and Ginseng are effective in alleviating the symptoms of menopause.