As young (ish) women of reproductive age, we often wonder about our fertility. Menopause can be such a scary concept, especially for women who are choosing to have their families later and later in life.
This article will explore some information around premature menopause, and help you to figure out if you’re at risk, or if you are currently experiencing a premature menopause.
The word menopause refers to the complete loss of reproductive ability in women. In most cases, this occurs between the ages 40 – 60 and marks the end of a reproductive time that is nearing an end as the children leave the home. For some however, premature menopause can mean the end to any chances of having a baby of their own.
Are you at risk for early menopause?
Scientists have discovered a few risk factors that make some women more susceptible to early menopause.
- Smokers: Tend to experience menopause earlier (although not necessarily as early as their late 20′s or early 30′s!). If you are afraid of early menopause, you might want to kick the habit early.
- Genetics: If your grandmother experienced premature menopause you are at more risk.
- Illness: Some illnesses can bring about the hormonal changes associated with early menopause. Both tuberculosis and the mumps can disrupt hormonal balance enough to cause an early menopause.
- Certain treatments: hysterectomies, cancer treatments and certain hormone treatments can all lead to premature menopause. Menopause can be caused by certain surgeries.
In terms of medical diagnoses, menopause is considered premature if it occurs before the age of 40. It’s also known as premature ovarian failure. In some cases, it is reversible, especially if spotted early.
Menopause need not be a great scary event in your life, if you are prepared with information about what might happen to you, and how to manage the symptoms, you can ensure you will age gracefully and live your life to its fullest.
Tips for dealing with the worst menopause symptom: hot flushes!
Menopause is no laughing matter. Not to the women who are currently suffering through the nightmarish hot flushes. And yes, they are every bit as bad as you imagine they are. Not all women experience this symptom quite as intensely, but make no mistake that you will wish you had paid closer attention to reading about hot flush remedies before!
This article will list a few ways that you can cope with hot flushes, and hopefully help you to resist the urge to tear your clothes off in a crowded area when your next one strikes…
Hot flushes can be disconcerting, but rest assured there are many ways to prepare yourself and manage the impact of the hot flush.
- Always check that there is some way to cool yourself down: every room you will be spending time in should be equipped with air conditioning or fans. This might not be practical but even just knowing they are there can bring great relief.
- Pre-freeze water for yourself: When I was menopausal, my greatest savior was my handy ice bottle, which I kept on my person at all times. Sip the slowly defrosting ice water, or rub the bottle along your neck, wrists, or even your forehead. This will bring instant relief and costs nothing.
- Surround yourself with natural fibers: Hot flushes result in a great deal of sweat. Many women experience the majority of their hot flushes at night, and investing in pure cotton bedding can reduce discomfort and smell. Likewise with clothing, as your skin should only come into contact with pure cotton, reducing wetness and odor.
There’s no need to let your hot flushes take over your life. With a few of these tips you can be sure you will survive your menopause years with as much grace as possible.