Most women first begin developing menopause symptoms about four years before their last period. The ovaries work more slowly and production of the female hormones estrogen and progesterone decreases. Every woman’s menopause experience is unique. Symptoms are usually more severe when menopause occurs suddenly or over a shorter period of time
What is menopause?
Menopause refers to the transition between the fertile and infertile stages in a woman's life and is defined as a lack of menstruation for one full year. The first menopausal signs are irregular menstrual bleeding and severe PMS symptoms. It usually begins between the ages of 45 and 55 but can develop before or after this age range.
When does menopause begin and how long does it last?
The median age for menopause is 51, however, some women experience their first symptoms already between 40 and 45. Normally, menopause lasts 8 to 15 years. When the symptoms begin and how long they last, varies from woman to woman.
What are the first signs/symptoms of menopause?
Typical menopause symptoms include:
- Hot flushes & night sweats
- Insomnia & sleep disorders
- Mood swings
- Depressive moods
- Irritated and dry skin
- Irregularities in the cycle
- Joint pain & osteoporosis
- Dry mucous membranes and vagina
Does every woman suffer from menopausal symptoms?
Studies have shown that about 30% of all menopausal women suffer from severe menopausal symptoms. Another 40% of women reported moderate menopausal symptoms. Only about 30% of women had little or no symptoms.
The most common symptoms are hot flushes, followed by sleep disorders and mood swings.
How can menopausal symptoms be reduced?
Two treatment methods are very common: 1) Hormone therapy prescribed by the doctor and 2) regular intake of natural phytohormones. Both treatments have advantages and disadvantages:
Phytohormones (like Femaringa Plus™):
Advantages: Works gently and without major side effects. Supplies the body with important vitamins and minerals.
Disadvantages: Requires regular intake of capsules and often becomes effective after 3-6 weeks (not immediately).
Advantages: Usually works quickly and effectively. Especially physical symptoms such as hot flushes can be alleviated.
Disadvantages: Strong intervention in the woman's hormonal balance. Often less effective for psychological symptoms. May lead to an increased risk of breast cancer.