Menopause, AKA the Change of Life, is the typical progression of women as we age. It is triggered by the decrease in female hormones, signaling the end of child bearing age. The resulting changes and adjusting of hormones can cause a variety of symptoms such as irregularity and eventual cessation of menstrual periods, hot flashes, irritability, decreased libido, vaginal dryness, sleep disturbances, and weight gain.
Menopause is caused due to a decrease in the female hormones estrogen and progesterone; primarily estrogen. Early menopause is determined when a woman has symptoms of menopause prior to 40 years old. So what differentiates early menopause and ‘regular’ menopause? Well, the symptoms are the same, but those with early menopause have the added increased chance of osteoporosis and heart disease. Some literature state those who have never been pregnant are more likely to experience early menopause.
“The Change of Life” makes menopause sound like a beautiful transformation. Sort of like an ugly caterpillar changing into a beautiful butterfly. This may be true for some, perhaps, but not for many. Most women