Ah, the menopause journey. With no clear start date or ending point, the estimated time of arrival for menopause can span years in some cases. One thing’s for sure, menopause is one trip you will never forget.
First talking point: Perimenopause
Ready, set, perimenopause. In this particular phase, your body will start to offer helpful physical hints and clues that the menopause process has started. However, it can still be many years before your last period.
Some of the most common signs of menopause include hot flashes, irregular periods, mood swings and vaginal dryness. These symptoms can all be attributed to unevenly changing levels of oestrogen in the body.
Time to check your contraception options
During the perimenopause phase there is still a slight chance that you can still become pregnant. So, if you want to remain in control of your fertility it is recommended that you continue to use birth control until one year after your last menstrual cycle. Some of the most effective birth control options include:
- Birth control rings, patches or pills – some of the added benefits of these options include decreased bleeding and regular cycles.
- Intrauterine devices – this option offers both with or without hormones and is known to be a highly effective, safe and convenient option that is also long-term.
- Barrier methods including diaphragms and condoms – condoms are the only form of birth control that also provide some protection against HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.
Potential detours include ovarian insufficiency (POI)
One of the main ways that menopause can occur early is through a condition called POI. With this condition, younger women will only have occasional periods and will also have elevated levels of FSH. This means fewer eggs in their ovaries. POI also means lower oestrogen levels which can have a negative effect on bone density.
Arriving at your final destination: Natural Menopause
So, you now find yourself at your final destination – natural menopause. It’s important to remember that this is both a normal and natural event for your body. Women will typically experience natural menopause between the ages of 40 and 58. As you can see, with such a varied age range, the menopause process can take a number of years to complete.
Recalculating after menopause
The final stop for your body is post-menopause. Due to decreasing levels of oestrogen in the body you may still experience symptoms such as hot flashes. The lower hormone levels in your body can also increase the risk of developing diseases like osteoporosis. This is why it is important to monitor levels of bone density.
Get ready to press pause on Menopause
The Press Play campaign was created to help take the ‘pause’ out of menopause by raising awareness of vaginal dryness. MonaLisa Touch UK is a safe and painless, hormone-free treatment option that can help to improve vaginal dryness. It also has little or no recovery time making it a popular choice amongst women.
When it comes to menopause, it’s important to remember that every woman’s journey is unique. The Press Play campaign was created to help women deal with the signs and symptoms of menopause that can impact day-to-day life.