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Menopause is a time period in a woman’s life wherein her periods’ stop and her ovaries lose their reproductive function. This is when menstruation ends. A woman belonging to the age group of 45-55 may experience menopause.
Perimenopause is the period when the ovaries begin to produce less estrogen (the main female hormone). Women may experience perimenopause when they are in their 40s or even their 30s. Furthermore, it tends to last until menopause, the time when the ovaries stop realizing the eggs. Did you know? Menstrual irregularities and hot flashes are some of the signs women may notice, as they hit menopause. Similarly, women also face many health issues during and after menopause. They tend to become cranky, get depressed, stressed, frustrated, nervous, or anxious.
Before age 55, women have fewer chances of heart disease when compared to men. Are you aware? Estrogen helps keep blood vessels relaxed and open by helping the body maintain a healthy balance of good and bad cholesterol. Without estrogen, cholesterol may get deposited on the walls of the artery leading to heart problems. By age 70, women have the same percentage of the risk for heart disease as men of the same age. You will be shocked to know that having less estrogen after menopause reduces bone mineral density by raising the risk of osteoporosis. It is a condition that causes your bones to become brittle, weak, and break easily. Urinary incontinence can also be seen in these women. Lower estrogen levels may weaken one’s urethra. Moreover, women may also encounter oral health problems. Dry mouth and an increased risk for cavities are more commonly seen in women after menopause.