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Perimenopause and Post-Menopause – Introduction and Symptoms

2012 March 16
by Neal

General description

According to Stedman’s Medical Dictionary, menopause is defined as the permanent cessation of menstruation. It marks the end of a woman’s fertility and therefore, ability to conceive and bear children. Menopause is derived from the Greek words pausis -cessation and the word men -month. It means the end of monthly cycles

In the West, the typical age for attaining menopause is between the ages of 45 and 55 and the average age for last period ever is 51 years. In the East, however, the median age of natural menopause is considerably earlier, at about 44 years. Genetics has a lot to do with the age “when” menopause hits. If your grandmother got hers in the late 40′s, chances are you will too.

Common symptoms

Common symptoms: Menopause, or the period after the last period, is marked by some physiological and psychological changes. The most well-known symptom of impending menopause is the “hot flash” or “hot flush”, a sudden, temporary increase in body temperature. The “flash” sensation occurs as the body temperature rises sharply and almost instantaneously begins to slowly return to normal.

Along with the hot flushes is irregular, heavy, or prolonged periods and severe stomach cramps.

All of these combine to create mood swings and even depression.

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