MENOPAUSE: the emotional, social and medical issues
MENOPAUSE is viewed differently by women, and therefore affects women differently. Studies show that, women who take the condition as a natural transition to another stage of life, and those that do not put a lot of value on youth and beauty, do cope much better with menopausal symptoms.
SYMPTOMS OF MENOPAUSE
On average, women go through Menopause between the ages of 47 and 55; the average age being 51. Contrary to popular belief about the symptoms of menopause, most women do not experience the nasty symptoms associated with it. Only about 10% - 30% do.
Medical conditions such as breast cancer can trigger the onset of manopause at earlier age, due to the treatment involved. In such cases, women are not allowed to use Hormonal Replacement Therapy as a treatment (HRT)for menopausal symptoms.
General symptoms of menopause include:
These symptoms may affect a woman's social life since they may trigger a tendency to fight with people.
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Menopause reduces oestrogen levels and HRT has been used to counter that effect.
HRT, however, should be avoided by certain groups of women:
Women with a history or family history of breast cancer
Women whop are smokers
Women with a history of thrombosis (thickening of the veins)
Women at risk of heart disease
Women that are obese
It is very important to have a positive outlook on life even before menopausal age. The support of family is invaluable, especially the husband's understanding during this physically and emotionally stressful period. Do seek medical advice and assistance, menopause can be managed quite well and you do not need to go through all these by yourself.
MENOPAUSE can lead to depression if unmanaged