Everything about menopause and menopause

All women will sooner or later have to deal with it: menopause. For some women, this period passes almost unnoticed. The other suffers from it a lot. Here you will get the answers to the most frequently asked questions about menopause and menopause.

What is the transition?

Every woman will receive approximately one million eggs in her lifetime. She gradually loses this with monthly ovulation. During the years when the last eggs run out, the woman enters menopause. She will then no longer be able to have children. When the eggs run out, the woman’s hormone balance also changes.

What do you notice about the transition?

You get irregular periods. Other complaints include hot flashes and (night) sweating, a dry vagina and urinary problems. Sometimes this results in psychological complaints.

When does menopause start and how long does it last?

Most women go through menopause around the age of 45. The period lasts five to ten years. The second part of the transition is called menopause. This period starts when you have had your last menstrual period, usually around the age of 51.

What’s happening in your body?

When your eggs run out, the estrogenic hormones in your body also decrease. This may mean that your breasts become smaller, that you grow more hair on your chin and upper lip and less on your head and that your voice becomes lower. You may also experience headaches more often (more sensitive nervous system).

Can you get any other complaints?

Some women suffer from other complaints during menopause, such as headache, lethargy, heart palpitations, fatigue, weight gain, muscle pain, urine loss, depression, sleeping problems, irritability and reduced sex drive. Many women also become more emotional. Memory and concentration problems are also associated with menopause.

What is a hot flash?

During a hot flash, your chest becomes very warm. The heat spreads along your neck up to your face. You usually get hot flashes in the year of your last menstrual period or the year after.

Will the transition pass again?

Yes, but some complaints may be permanent, such as prolapse and a greater risk of bladder infection. Women are also more likely to develop osteoporosis after menopause.

What can I do about menopausal symptoms?

Menopause has less effect on women with a positive attitude. Try to see the bright side of life. Talk about it with friends, or call the Women in Menopause Foundation (VIDO) tel. 030-2341142. You can go there for an expert and listening ear.

Do medications help?

If you suffer a lot from menopausal symptoms, you can consider hormone preparations. These supplement the shortage of female hormones. The contraceptive pill has the same effect and can also alleviate menopausal symptoms. In addition, there are many alternative remedies on the market. You can discuss with your doctor which medicine is best for you.

Can I continue to take the pill?

Yes, the contraceptive pill also supplements the shortage of female hormones. You may experience menopausal symptoms in the week that you stop. After menopause you can stop taking the pill, because you will then be infertile.

Are there also natural products that help?

Soy products and legumes can soothe menopausal symptoms. They contain isoflavones that have a beneficial effect on hormone balance.

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