Natural menopause occurs without any induction, alteration or disturbance of the body system. There should be no medical intake whatsoever. The ovaries inside your body will just reduce producing estrogen and progesterone, the female sex hormones. Menstrual period will stop for twelve months. This one year time frame is a must achieve for you to be considered menopausal. You should still wait for 12 months before actually confirming that you won’t be able to bear a child anymore. This natural process usually begins at around age 40.
The opposite of natural menopause is induced menopause. Usually, there is an operation wherein the ovaries are removed by a surgeon. Removal of your uterus is called hysterectomy, while oophorectomy is the surgical procedure to remove the ovaries. A woman’s menstruation stage can end also because of overexposure to radiation or over-medications. Once the female vital reproductive organs are removed, you are already considered in menopause.
Before natural menopause occurs, a stage described in the medical field as perimenopause happens. This is the menopause transition. This precedes the actual natural menopause months or even years before. The symptoms or changes that happen in this transition are more gradual compared to if the menopause is induced. Examples are the hot flashes (feeling of warmness) and vaginal dryness and decline in sexual desire. If the process is natural, these signs take place slowly but surely. The other change that occurs is irregularity in menstrual period. This abnormality happens in three ways:
- Length of period. If before you always knew that your period occurs in just five days, now it would not be easily determined. Menstrual days can last two days up to two weeks.
- Length between periods. The 28 days interval between periods does not apply now that the natural menopause will be occurring. The solution for this is to always make sure that you have spare sanitary napkins or tampon products in your bag, in case of emergency.
- Level of flow. The flow of blood will also be erratic.
- Once the perimenopause stops, natural menopause occurs. Examples of the effects of having no menstrual period are as follows:
- Night sweats. This can be related to hot flashes, since the body becomes very warm.
- Mood swings.
- Forgetfulness. Other people correlate forgetfulness with menopause. However, since menopause occurs at an older age, forgetfulness can also be due to this.
- Sleeping trouble and fatigue.
- Loss of sleep. This is the final effect when there is either night sweats or trouble in sleeping at night. Some women experiencing menopause use aromatherapy to help them in their sleeping problems.
If there are no health risks or medical problems, the best way to experience menopause is still the natural way. In fact, there is research carried out by the Universit de Montral’s Department of Social and Preventive Medicine and the Research Centre of the Centre Hospitalier de l’Universit de Montral which found out that women experiencing non-natural menopause are almost twice as risky in developing lung cancer when compared to women experiencing natural menopause. This was especially observed among those women who had non-natural menopause as a result of having both ovaries removed surgically.