Late Menopause

Top Ten Symptoms of Late Menopause

 

Women know all about menopause but interestingly, not every woman knows about late menopause.  In this article, we wanted to address what this is and what the top ten symptoms of late menopause are.  Additionally, we will provide some great tips on how to manage the symptoms so you can go on living as normal a life as possible.  The truth is that menopause at any stage is challenging but understanding it and knowing how to deal with it is the key to avoiding insanity.

We first want to talk about the types of menopause, which include early, active, and late menopause.  Early menopause is the term used when menopause develops prematurely.  In this case, the menstrual cycle stops completely prior to age 35.  The reason for early menopause is the removal of the ovaries via surgery due to ovarian cancer, pelvic infection that damaged the ovaries, and total hysterectomy.  Other triggers would include radiation, chronic infections, auto immune diseases, and genetic abnormalities.

A woman is in active menopause when she has not had a menstrual cycle for 12 consecutive months.  The average age when this sets in is 51.  Women need to remember that while not pleasant, menopause is a normal part of a woman’s life and with the right knowledge, very manageable.  Then for late menopause, the average age this begins is around 55 to 57.  Typically, women who have uterine fibroids or are overweight are more prone to experiencing late menopause.

Unlike early and active menopause, late menopause can pose a couple of health risks.  For starters, there is an increased risk for uterine cancer and for breast cancer.  When a woman is still having a menstrual cycle in her mid-50s but has not yet started active menopause, she should be seen by her doctor so serious illness could be ruled out.  Chances are she is simply going into late menopause but there could be other possibilities.

It is important to understand some of the symptoms that go along with late menopause.  Remember that these symptoms are much the same as those associated with early and active menopause although for late menopause, symptoms can sometimes be more intense and some mimic other illnesses.  For this reason, it is important any woman starting menopause later than age 52 be seen by her doctor.

The following are the top ten symptoms that are typically found with late menopause:

  1. Hot Flashes (overwhelming sense of being hot followed by feeling normal)
  2. Depression
  3. Irritability
  4. Mood Swings
  5. Lack of concentration
  6. Heart Palpitations
  7. Headache
  8. Vaginal Dryness
  9. Slow or No Libido
  10. Abdominal Bloating/Weight Gain

Although this is only a partial list of symptoms that go along with late menopause, you need to remember that there are multiple treatment options available, both traditional and natural.  Therefore, never feel you have to struggle through the years of late menopause without help.  By using products, therapies, and various treatments, you can gain control over the different symptoms that go with late menopause and learn to enjoy life to the fullest during this time.


 

 

 


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