Most every adult woman has heard about menopause and will want to ask questions. Many want to know how long menopause lasts, in addition to being curious about the menopause symptoms. To be accurate, once menopause occurs, is lasts for the rest of your like because it occurs with the end of your menstruation, much the same as menarche occurs with the beginning.
The way people usually use it, the term "menopause" is not just menopause but perimenopause as well. Perimenopause is the time before and just after the last instance of menstruation. Perimenopause can be very prolonged, sometimes lasting even years. Symptoms can be intense for a short period of time, or increasing in intensity over many years. Perimenopausal symptoms can be picked up by laboratory blood tests.
The most frequently presented menopause symptoms include abnormal and irregular periods, whose length and interval become irregular. Hot flashes (sometimes jocularly called power surges), vascular reactions that cause physical sensations, are another frequent symptom. Bleeding during periods may become much heavier and/or may combine with anemia as a more serious symptom of menopause. Ovarian failure, or surgery to remove both ovaries, may result in menopause starting before the usual age range of 45 to 60. Early menopausal symptoms may be stronger than those of normal menopause.
Women seeking menopause relief, in large part, are mostly looking for respite from mood swings and hot flashes. These symptoms are not just discomforting, but they are also embarrassing. Sudden flushes and sweating can be pretty obvious to strangers standing nearby. The majority of menopause symptoms are due to the fluctuations and decrease in estrogen and progesterone. One technique for calming the fierce mood swings and hot flashes associated with menopause is supplementing the missing hormones with drugs.
There are many women that are concerned over the increased risk of negative side effects associated with the use of prescription hormones for menopause treatment, and therefore opt for natural remedies instead. These natural remedies include such things as soy products, which contain a natural ingredient that is estrogen-like, and there are certain herbs such as black and blue cohosh, there are others as well. Others choose the hormone therapy, but utilize it only through the first and worst of the menopause symptoms.
Since estrogen is a natural protection against osteoporosis and heart disease, another complication of menopause is that your risk for these increases. For some the benefits of hormone therapy may be greater then the potential risks if they have family history of these types of conditions. Most will still choose to either limit their use of hormone therapies, or find other ways to manage the risk of osteoporosis and heart disease.
The time period for menopause varies greatly. Sometimes it can be very quick when a woman has had her ovaries removed. Other times it can take more than 10 years. The most important thing to realize is that the symptoms she experiences are controlled as much as possible with as little risk as needed.