What is the menopause?
The menopause refers to that time in every woman’s life when her period’s stop and her ovaries lose their reproductive function. Usually, this occurs between the ages of 45 and 55. In the UK the average age is 51. In a few exceptional cases, women may become menopausal in their 30s, or even younger. This is then known as a premature menopause or premature ovarian insufficiency.
The menopause is influenced by hormones – or more correctly, by a change in hormone levels. During a woman’s fertile years, her ability to produce an egg each month is associated with the release of three reproductive hormones (oestradiol, oestrone and oestriol), that are referred to collectively as oestrogen. Oestrogen is mainly produced by the ovaries, though small amounts are also made by the adrenal glands and by the placenta of a pregnant woman.
It is oestrogen which stimulates female characteristics at puberty and controls a woman’s reproductive cycle: the development and release of an egg each month (ovulation) for implantation in the uterus (womb), and the way in which the lining of the womb thickens to accept a fertilized egg. The monthly period happens because no implantation has taken place – there is no pregnancy – and the lining of the womb is shed.
As women get older, their store of eggs in the ovary decreases and their ability to conceive diminishes. At this time, less oestrogen is produced, causing the body to behave differently. However the body does not stop producing oestrogen overnight, and the process can even take several years, during which symptoms arise gradually. This gradual change is called the ‘peri-menopause’.
At around the age of 50-55 years, the monthly cycle stops completely – so no more ovulations, no more periods and no more pregnancies. This is the menopause. Womens Health Concern.
This is such a taboo subject and I am hoping to break down these walls and share my own experiences through what can be difficult times. This is not a “serious medical condition” this is a what we have to naturally go through.
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Facebook Group: Menopause Nurture Circle
This group is for the lovely ladies out there that are going through peri/menopause. This is such a taboo subject and can be difficult to get support. You will find it in this group. We will nurture, support and help one another, through this time in our lives.