It is a word that many women do not like much.
Thinking about it seems to inspire some fear especially if one is not married and desires to be married and have children.
Menopause is a normal condition that all women experience as they age.
The term “menopause” can describe any of the changes a woman goes through either just before or after she stops menstruating, marking the end of her reproductive period.
Its a natural point or phase that must be experienced by any woman who lives long enough to get to the age.Menopause is considered a normal part of aging when it happens after the age of 40. But some women can go through menopause early, either as a result of surgery, such as hysterectomy, or damage to the ovaries, such as from chemotherapy.
Menopause that happens before 40, regardless of the cause, is called premature menopause.
The menopause is the time when a woman’s periods stop.According to dailymailuk and Netdoctor, In the UK, this usually happens between the ages of 47 and 53. People often refer to it as ‘the change.’Some people have theirs earlier and this accounts for the fear in many women sometimes when pregnancy delays in coming.
Does Menopause affect sex?
The truth is that there’s no reason why you can’t continue to enjoy a happy and satisfying sex life during and after the menopause, if you want to.
My colleagues and I have found that many women enjoy wonderful sex lives after they’ve passed the menopause – and continue to do so for a very long time.
We have even uncovered some evidence that:
- women who are interested in sex are more likely to be orgasmic after the ‘change’ than younger females
- they are also more likely to be multi-orgasmic!
There are three main reasons for this.
- After the ‘change’ women are glad to be able to quit worrying about contraception.
- By the time they reach 50 or so, a lot of women have gained a great deal of love-making experience and skill.
- Very often, they now have partners (male or female) who actually know what they’re doing in bed! (Though of course, a few postmenopausal women – notably certain film stars – decide to take ‘toy boys’ as lovers.)
Recently, one of us (Christine Webber) conducted a survey among women aged 45 to 65.
The findings showed that in that age group 26 per cent of women were definitely up for sex, while 29 per cent ‘quite liked it’.
Only 6 per cent were not at all keen, and 16 per cent said that they’d be more interested if they had a new partner!
In menopause, a doctor might suggest taking estrogen and progesterone, known as “hormone replacement therapy” or “HRT.” HRT involves taking estrogen plus progestin.
HRT may relieve hot flashes, and reduce loss of bone. However, HRT increases the risk for heart disease, stroke and breast cancer. But it appears to decrease the risk of colon cancer.
Phytoestrogens are estrogen-like substances found in soy, wild yams, and herbs such as black cohosh and dong quai; they may relieve some symptoms of menopause. The government does not regulate phytoestrogens. Scientists are studying some of these plant estrogens to find out if they work and are safe.
Be sure to tell your doctor if you decide to eat more foods with phytoestrogens. Any food or over-the-counter product that you use for its drug-like effects could interact with other prescribed drugs or cause an overdose.
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