Menopause commonly effects women when they reach their 40’s or 50’s. Symptoms may present themselves months or years prior during perimenopause as oestrogen and progesterone levels become imbalanced and depleted. Until recently, menopause was not often been discussed and women haven’t had the opportunity to gain knowledge of what to expect as their bodies change.
Menopause is established when your ovaries stop producing enough oestrogen to release an egg to be fertilised. This becomes more apparent when you haven’t experienced a menstrual period for 12 months. Menopause can occur naturally when a woman reaches her 40’s or it can be medically induced by a hysterectomy or breast cancer treatment such as tamoxifen.
During this time and months or years leading up to menopause, you will notice physical and mental changes as your hormone levels change. Not only is oestrogen vital for fertility, it effects the brain, skin, bones, liver and heart.
Oestrogen effects the brain by regulating the part of the brain connected that produces feel-good chemicals, during menopause, with less oestrogen you may experience depression or anxiety. Oestrogen also helps the brain to manage body temperature and when levels of this hormone are low, you can experience hot flashes and night sweats.
Skin quality is influenced by oestrogen by maintaining collagen production and thickness to maintain a youthful appearance. As as oestrogen levels decline, the skin changes and becomes more dry, thin and skin laxity occurs which accelerates the appearance of ageing.
Oestrogen is vital for bone health. When this hormone declines, bones become weaker and the risk of bone loss and osteoporosis increases. Oestrogen is also important for managing cholesterol in the lever to protect the heart. After menopause, cardiovascular problems become more of a risk if health is not managed optimally.
Other symptoms of menopause are:
Our team of GP’s specialise in women’s health and can support you as you experience the changes of menopause. Our doctors at Bodyvie can also offer you treatment tailored to your needs to restore hormone balance so you can regain a sense of wellbeing.
Common symptoms of menopause include:
Menopause cannot be prevented by its symptoms can be lessened with a healthy lifestyle of a balanced diet, regular exercise, limited alcohol consumption, adequate calcium intake and not smoking.
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