Menopause occurs when there is an absence of menstruation for a duration of twelve months. It marks the end of menstrual cycles. Menopause transition begins when you notice that your menstrual cycle length starts to vary. It can happen when a woman is in her 40s or 50s. the average age for menopause in the United States is 51 years old. The general rule is that women tend to go through menopause at a similar age to that of their mothers. While it is a natural physiological process every woman goes through, you may experience some symptoms that may disrupt your daily lifestyle.
Some women experience very mild symptoms while some have severe symptoms. Menopause marks the time in a woman’s life when the ovaries no longer functions to produce eggs and therefore, the woman can no longer conceive. Besides reproductive function, the ovaries also produces hormones that not only regulates the menstrual cycle and pregnancy, but also helps in preservation of the bones.
Symptom #1: Irregular Vaginal Bleeding
In the transition to menopause, irregular vaginal bleeding may occur. While some women may experience minimal bleeding, others may have excessive and heavy bleeding. The menstrual cycle starts to vary in length such as menstruation occurs more frequently (menstrual cycle shortens) or menstruation occurs less frequently (menstrual cycle lengthens) before finally stopping.
The change in bleeding pattern will vary for each woman. It is very common for a woman to menstruate after several months of not having one. For some, the transition to menopause can take years. If you are experiencing irregular vaginal bleeding, it is important to seek your doctor’s advice to rule out other conditions such as endometrial cancer.