How long will the “menopause” last? The age at which it occurs varies from person to person, but it refers to the five years before and after menopause. The secretion of female hormones decreases sharply, and physical and mental health problems and symptoms may appear.
Table of contents
- After puberty and menopause, the secretion of female hormones changes significantly.
- From when to what age does menopause last? What is pre- and post-menopause?
- “Menopausal disorders, endometriosis, uterine body cancer” are the worries of modern women?
After puberty and menopause, the secretion of female hormones changes significantly.
A woman’s body is protected and controlled by two female hormones, estrogen (follicle hormone) and progesterone (progesterone) secreted by the ovaries. All parts of the body, including bones, blood vessels, and skin, are equipped with sensors for female hormones, and are designed to receive the benefits of female hormones.
The reason why there is such a system is that women play an important role in life-sustaining “reproduction”, that is, pregnancy and childbirth. In preparation for pregnancy and childbirth, female hormones work as a talisman to protect the precious body.
The amount of female hormones secreted changes greatly at each life stage, which greatly affects the mind and body of women.
After going through infancy and adolescence, we enter puberty in our teens and reach menarche around the age of 12. When the body develops to the point where it can start preparing for pregnancy and childbirth, the brain issues a command and the ovaries begin to secrete female hormones. From this time on, the secretion of female hormones increases rapidly.
The 20s and 30s are called the sexual maturity period, when a sufficient amount of female hormones are secreted, and it is also the most suitable period for pregnancy and childbirth. However, in the late 30s, the secretion of female hormones begins to decrease in early people.
Then, after the age of 40, the secretion of female hormones decreases sharply, and it progresses to “pre-menopause”, which can be said to be the stage before menopause.
From when to what age does menopause last? What is pre- and post-menopause?
There are individual differences in menopause, and it is not strictly determined from what age to what age. After menopause (51 years old on average), the five years before and after menopause are called “menopause.” As you can see from the graph, during menopause, the amount of female hormone secretion drops sharply to less than half of what it was in your 20s and 30s, which causes confusion in your body and causes various physical and mental disorders and symptoms. Become. By the age of 55, the secretion of female hormones has almost disappeared.
Recently, more and more people are suffering from menopause-like symptoms at an earlier age than menopause. “Pre-menopause” refers to the period from late 30s to early 40s. Although female hormone secretion begins to decline at this age, it does not decrease as rapidly as menopause. However, when the function of the ovaries declines due to strong stress, etc., symptoms similar to those of menopause appear. It can be said that it is a symptom peculiar to modern women who are exposed to stress such as work, housework, childcare, and nursing care.
How long will these symptoms and symptoms last? In general, as I mentioned earlier, the 10 years before and after menopause is called menopause. Menopausal symptoms, however, are not the only mental and physical disorders that appear as a result of decreased hormone secretion. In recent years, there has been an increase in the number of cases of people suffering from mental and physical disorders even after menopause. This is the period known as “post-menopause”.
During this period, we must be careful of disorders and diseases caused by the decline of female hormones, such as cardiovascular system, autonomic nervous system, brain function, skin metabolism, lipid metabolism, and bone metabolism. Japanese women are proud of their longevity worldwide, and the post-menopausal period is a period that appears due to longevity.
“Menopausal disorders, endometriosis, uterine body cancer” are the worries of modern women?
The lives of modern women are very different from those of the past. In an age when it was said that life spans 50 years, women get married early and give birth to an average of 7 to 8 children in their 20s and 30s. Menstruation does not occur during repeated pregnancy and lactation. Therefore, the number of menstrual cycles during her lifetime was about 50. And I was approaching life with menopause.
However, the lifestyle of modern women has changed dramatically. Marriage is progressing later, and the number of births has decreased to one or two on average. As a result, the number of menstrual cycles in a person’s life has increased dramatically, reaching 450 to 500 times, nearly 10 times. This difference in the number of menstrual cycles puts a huge burden on the female body.
Each time you ovulate, you lose a large number of follicles, which are the source of female hormones, rather than one at a time. In addition, frequent menstruation increases the risk of endometriosis and endometrial cancer. In addition, because of their longevity, they will live a long life after age 50 without the secretion of female hormones, which are the talismans of the female body.
A woman’s mind and body are greatly influenced by female hormones, for better or worse. It is important to have correct knowledge about female hormones and use them properly because it is now in menopause.