Menopause – The Female “Midlife Crisis”
by Dr. Angel V. Somera

Why is it that there are women who are seri ously affected and suffer utter confusion during this particular period of life and there are those women who are not at all bothered by it? Let us find out why is this so.

Menopause is the normal, natural stage in woman’s life when her menstruation and ovulation cycles stop, ending her reproductive years. Also called climacteric or the change of life, it occurs around age 50 but can start anywhere between the ages the ages of 40 to 60. During the years immediately preceding its onset, menstrual periods may become scant and irregular. Scientists do not fully understand what causes menopause but they believed that it is triggered when the female sex glands, the ovaries, stop responding to the gonadotropic (sex gland) hormones that are secreted by the pituitary gland to control normal function of the ovaries. The ovarie’s subsequent decline in the production of the female hormone estrogen sets off the bodily changes.

The physical symptoms of menopause include the following.

· Hot flashes (a warm and flushed feeling that comes over the face, neck, and chest and lasts a few minutes at a time but recurs throughout the day).

· Excessive perspiring, dryness in the vagina (which can lead to painful or difficult intercourse).

· Pounding heartbeat or palpitation, joint pains, headaches, itching skin, increased facial hair

The nonphysical or psychological symptoms are the following.

· Depression

· Anxiety

· Irritability

· Apprehension

· Decrease ability to concentrate

· Lack of confidence

· Insomia

For the management of the physical symptoms, please consult your Obe- Gyne specialist. And for the nonphysical or psychological systems, see a psychiatrist!

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