For those who wonder, “Is this menopause?” The theme of this time is irregular menstruation (irregular menstruation). Pay attention to irregular bleeding due to gynecological diseases such as uterine fibroids and endometrial cancer.
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- The duration and pattern of menopause varies from person to person.
- It is important to distinguish irregular menstruation (irregular menstruation) from menopausal bleeding.
- Is it easy to gain weight after menopause? Pay attention to menopausal weight gain and middle-aged weight gain
The duration and pattern of menopause varies from person to person.
Menstruation (periods) is controlled by two female hormones, estrogen and progesterone.
When a hormone that prompts the secretion of estrogen is secreted by a command from the brain, one follicle in the ovary begins to mature. When estrogen is secreted in the process, LH (luteinizing hormone) that promotes ovulation is also secreted and ovulation occurs.
After ovulation, the follicle becomes the corpus luteum and begins to produce progesterone. As a result, the lining of the uterus thickens and prepares for the implantation of a fertilized egg. If pregnancy does not occur, the lining of the uterus is sloughed off and expelled.
This is menstruation, which occurs approximately every 25 to 38 days.
By the time you reach your 40s, the function of your ovaries gradually declines, and the secretion of female hormones begins to decrease. The change is most noticeable during menstruation. The cycle becomes irregular, and the amount of menstruation increases and decreases, and modulation can be seen.
Eventually menopause occurs after one year or more when menstruation ceases to occur.
Menopause with large individual differences! People who suffer from pre-menopause
Menopause refers to the 10 years before and after menopause, but the length of time leading up to menopause varies greatly from person to person, and menstrual conditions also vary. Some people stop menstruating suddenly one day, while others say that the intervals between menstrual periods gradually become longer and end before they know it.
Recently, more and more people are suffering from symptoms of menopause at an earlier age than menopause. This is called “pre-menopause,” and it refers to the late 30s to early 40s.
Many people are confused and anxious about the way menstruation occurs, which is different from before. It’s a relief to know what to look out for and what to look out for.
It is important to distinguish irregular menstruation (irregular menstruation) from menopausal bleeding.
As menopause approaches, the menstrual cycle becomes irregular, or the amount of menstruation changes, resulting in irregular menstruation. If the cycle is 24 days or less, it is called oligomenorrhea, and if it is 39 days or more apart, it is called oligomenorrhea.
When female hormones decrease during menopause, “anovulatory menstruation” without ovulation often occurs.
The amount of menstrual flow increases and decreases easily, and bleeding may continue for several days. Some people continue to bleed profusely and have to change pads after a short period of time.
Irregular bleeding associated with menstruation is called “functional bleeding”, and it is a symptom that can be seen in anyone during the period leading up to menopause.
However, what you have to be careful about at this time is that there is a possibility that “irregular bleeding” caused by some disease is confused.
Menopausal women are also at a time when gynecological diseases such as endometrial cancer, ovarian cancer, endometriosis and cervical polyps increase. Irregular bleeding is one of the symptoms of these diseases, but it is very difficult to identify it during menopause, when irregular menstruation continues.
In order not to overlook such diseases, it is important to receive regular examinations at your gynecologist.
Is it easy to gain weight after menopause? Pay attention to menopausal weight gain and middle-aged weight gain
A woman is considered to have gone through menopause when she has not had a period for more than a year. However, menopause is not the end of menopause.
Rather, due to the rapid decrease in female hormones, various symptoms appear in the mind and body from before and after menopause, and the number of people who start menopause in earnest increases.
Many women find it easier to gain weight after menopause. The female hormone estrogen has the function of helping the metabolism of body fat, but after menopause, visceral fat tends to accumulate around the abdomen, just like men.
A bulging stomach not only looks bad, but it also increases the risk of lifestyle-related diseases , such as visceral fat that makes it easier for blood clots to form, and susceptibility to high blood pressure and diabetes . Post-menopause is a time when you need to pay particular attention to changes in your body.