Menopause is a period in human life like puberty and sexual maturity. Estrogen production decreases in this period.

Although menopause is usally perceived by women as a fearful period, it is actually a period that can be spent comfortably when the right steps are taken. Menopause refers to the end of menstrual periods and the associated loss of reproductive capacity.

Although the age of menopause in women is known to be between 45 and 55 years of age, there is a very rare possibility of its occurrence before the age of 40.

Menopause Symptoms

The most important symptom of menopause is a sudden feeling of hot flushes. This feeling often starts before menopause and can last up to three years after the onset of the menopause.

In addition, menstrual irregularities and longer times between menstrual periods should also be considered as a sign of menopause or approaching menopause. Hormonal changes in this period are considered normal. Problems such as indigestion may occur and the body may be prone to gain weight.

Some women may experience depression-like symptoms with menopause. It is normal for a person to feel depressed. Although the likelihood of a depressive mood turning into a clinical depression is very low, it should be evaluated carefully.

The emotional changes that come with menopause can also be exacerbated by the fact that some women feel that they are "no longer a women" or "incomplete". Unfortunately, the vaginal dryness and decreased libido (sex drive) during this period may also contribute to these negative feelings. Of course, none of these ideas reflect reality. 

How to Control Menopause?

Osteoporosis is a common problem for women in menopause. Thus, it is mandatory to take the necessary measures to ensure a healthy middle age.

Exercising regularly as a precaution for osteoporosis and cardiovascular diseases, eating healthy and using medication when indicated, help women to have a comfortable menopause. It is very important to acknowledge the women about the loss of fertility as a normal result of this period and to assure them  that reproduction is not their only role in life.

The situation is much more frightening for women in the early menopause period, which starts before the age of 40. In particular, this unplanned event can disrupt women's plans to have children and become mothers.

For this reason, it is very important for women to have regular gynecological examinations, especially as they approach their 30s.

Early menopause can be diagnosed in early stages by various examinations and negative situations can be prevented with early diagnosis. In this way, women can plan their life more accurately and disappointments can be avoided.

In conclusion, menopause is a special period of women's life. Ensuring the necessary follow-up and the support they need in this period will make women experience menopause as a natural period, not as a fearful one.