Menopause (Perimenopause)

Menopause (Perimenopause)

Postby Utte on 30 Nov 2012, 22:14

Menopause is defined as the state of an absence of menstrual periods for 12 months. The menopausal transition starts with varying menstrual cycle length and ends with the final menstrual period. Perimenopause means "the time around menopause" and is often used to refer to the menopausal transitional period. :| :| :| :| :|
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Re: Menopause (Perimenopause)

Postby Sally on 30 Nov 2012, 22:15

It is not officially a medical term, but is sometimes used to explain certain aspects of the menopause transition in lay terms. Postmenopause is the entire period of time that comes after the last menstrual period. :P :o
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Re: Menopause (Perimenopause)

Postby Joyce on 30 Nov 2012, 22:20

Menopause is the time in a woman's life when the function of the ovaries ceases. The ovary (female gonad), is one of a pair of reproductive glands in women. They are located in the pelvis, one on each side of the uterus. Each ovary is about the size and shape of an almond. :? :? :?
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Re: Menopause (Perimenopause)

Postby Emma on 30 Nov 2012, 22:21

The ovaries produce eggs (ova) and female hormones such as estrogen. During each monthly menstrual cycle, an egg is released from one ovary. The egg travels from the ovary through a Fallopian tube to the uterus. 8-) :? :idea:
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Re: Menopause (Perimenopause)

Postby Mado on 30 Nov 2012, 22:24

Each ovary is about the size and shape of an almond. The ovaries produce eggs (ova) and female hormones such as estrogen. During each monthly menstrual cycle, an egg is released from one ovary. The egg travels from the ovary through a Fallopian tube to the uterus. :mrgreen: :lol: :geek:
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Re: Menopause (Perimenopause)

Postby Utte on 30 Nov 2012, 22:30

The ovaries are the main source of female hormones, which control the development of female body characteristics such as the breasts, body shape, and body hair. The hormones also regulate the menstrual cycle and pregnancy. :x :x :x :o
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Re: Menopause (Perimenopause)

Postby Sally on 30 Nov 2012, 22:31

Estrogens also protect the bone. Therefore, a woman can develop osteoporosis (thinning of bone) later in life when her ovaries do not produce adequate estrogen. Perimenopause is different for each woman. Scientists are still trying to identify all the factors that initiate and influence this transition period. :P :mrgreen:
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Re: Menopause (Perimenopause)

Postby Joyce on 30 Nov 2012, 22:35

The average age of menopause is 51 years old. But there is no way to predict when an individual woman will enter menopause. The age at which a woman starts having menstrual periods is also not related to the age of menopause onset. Most women reach menopause between the ages of 45 and 55, but menopause may occur as earlier as the 30s or 40s or may not occur until a woman reaches her 60s. As a rough "rule of thumb," women tend to undergo menopause at an age similar to that of their mothers. 8-) 8-) :ugeek: :ugeek:
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Re: Menopause (Perimenopause)

Postby Emma on 30 Nov 2012, 22:38

Perimenopause, often accompanied by irregularities in the menstrual cycle along with the typical symptoms of early menopause, can begin up to 10 years prior to the last menstrual period. :oops: :oops: :oops: :shock:
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Re: Menopause (Perimenopause)

Postby Mado on 30 Nov 2012, 22:43

Certain medical and surgical conditions can influence the timing of menopause.The surgical removal of the ovaries (oophorectomy) in an ovulating woman will result in an immediate menopause, sometimes termed a surgical menopause or induced menopause. In this case, there is no perimenopause, and after surgery, a woman will generally experience the signs and symptoms of menopause. :!: :!: :mrgreen:
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