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Menopause! The Beginning of a New You – 7 Facts You Should Know
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Menopause! The Beginning of a New You – 7 Facts You Should Know

Yvonne Williams

So what, you’ve hit menopause? You don’t have to feel less attractive just because your period has stopped. After all it doesn’t automatically translate to your boobs hanging down there. Don’t sweat it; one way to look at it? Menopause is the beginning of a new you! Although common symptoms like; nausea, mood swings and all might make the experience seem overwhelming,  it gets a whole lot better. Menopause typically occurs between 49 and 52 years. 7 Facts you should know;

Menopause! The Beginning of a New You – 7 Facts You Should Know

1. How to know for sure you’re in menopause

Menopause! The Beginning of a New You – 7 Facts You Should Know

If you’re within your late 40s and early 50s and you’ve not had a period for not less than twelve months, then you’re most likely in menopause. However, for younger women with an absence of period for a long duration of time, it is highly advised you consult a trusted medical practitioner asap as it most like a sign that something is wrong.

2. Heavy period

Menopause! The Beginning of a New You – 7 Facts You Should Know

Irregular heavy bleeding is pretty constant in perimenopausal women (lasting from one to 10 years). This happens at midlife as hormonal changes start to occur. At this stage periods become heavier and may last longer. It is recommended to visit your doctor as efforts should be made to regulate your cycles at this time.

3. Smoking can make you menopausal

Menopause! The Beginning of a New You – 7 Facts You Should Know

Reports claim women who smoke are most likely to reach menopause earlier in life than their non-smoking counterparts. Smoking is believed to trigger symptoms like hot flashes, making the symptoms more intense.

4. You no longer need birth control

Menopause! The Beginning of a New You – 7 Facts You Should Know

Once you’ve been thorough the premenopausal stage and have passed through the missed menstrual cycle for 12 consecutive months, you no longer need birth control. Note that it is not unusual for women to miss several menstrual cycles only to have a period creep up again, at this on and off stage, you can still pregnant.

5. Not all women get hot flashes

Menopause! The Beginning of a New You – 7 Facts You Should Know

Although it is generally believed that women experience this while gliding into their menopausal stage is isn’t true for a few women however.  Hot flashes causes profuse sweating particularly at night leaving you uncomfortable. This can continue even up to five years. Hot flashes can be triggered by wearing tight clothing, stress, or consuming alcohol, caffeine, and spicy foods.

6. Weight gain around your mid-section is typical

Menopause! The Beginning of a New You – 7 Facts You Should Know

Not the most flattering change but don’t give up it can be controlled somewhat; adjust your daily total calories, do protein and generally a healthy diet is advised. Weight gain around the mid section occurs during the transition of perimenopause and into menopause as the estrogen levels drop, thereby distributing body fat from the hips, thighs and buttocks to the abdomen.

7. You may experience painful intercourse after menopause

Menopause! The Beginning of a New You – 7 Facts You Should Know

Discomfort which range from dryness to a feeling of vaginal “tightness” or even severe pain during sex can be experienced leading to painful intercourse. Making sex uncomfortable for many women. However, the good news is, you don’t need drugs for treatment, all you need to get down more often; this will help increase blood flow to the genitals, making sex every bit an enjoyable experience for you.

Last word – Think of it this way, just like fine wine, it gets better with age! Live every second!!