Summary: The most crucial time in a woman’s life — menopause.

Are you one of those who avoided this topic like you would avoid a person with AIDS, treating it as the end of the world for you? Or are you one of those who can’t wait for it to happen? Over the years, people have different stands and views on menopause. So what is it really? Is it a cause for concern or a time for rejoicing? When is it going to happen and will I feel anything?

These are only some of the questions that women all over the world have been asking about. We start by defining menopause. It is a medical term when a woman permanently ends her menstrual periods. Before you start exclaiming for joy of escaping the monthly ritual and sanitary pads or the fear of unprotected sex, there’s a lot more you need to know about it.

Menopause is a natural “phenomenon” and is not considered an illness or disease. However, it is associated with certain health problems like osteoporosis and heart disease. This does not mean that you are going to suffer from these two health problems during menopause. The low estrogen levels during menopause may increase your risks of heart disease and the loss of bone density.

Yes, menopause is a natural occurrence in a woman’s body, but let’s delve deeper into what really causes it. A woman’s ovaries, which store her eggs, are also tasked to produce the estrogen and progesterone needed to regulate menstruation and ovulation. When the ovaries fail to produce an egg every month, menstruation stops and menopause happens.

Menopause usually occurs after a woman turned 40, which is a normal aspect of aging. However, some women experience menopause early, some of which are due to medical treatments like chemotherapy, while others are because the ovaries are damaged. Either way, if menopause happens earlier than usual, it is considered as premature menopause.

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