Postmenopausal is a period after menopause. It is defined as the time after which a female experiences 12 consecutive months of amenorrhea or lack of menstruation.
Female reproductive years naturally ends up in three stages without any medical intervention:
To understand post-menopausal syndrome in a better way, let us also discuss perimenopause and menopause in detail.
Perimenopause – Perimenopause is the first stage in this process that starts 8 to 10 years before menopause. Common symptoms of perimenopause include night sweats, vaginal dryness, and hot flashes.
Menopause – Menopause is the point when a female will no longer have periods for at least 12 consecutive months. It is the normal part of aging and the end of her reproductive years. It typically happens in the late forties to early 50. Females who undergo surgery to remove ovaries experience surgical menopause.
Postmenopausal – After menopause, a female enters the post-menopausal stage.
Postmenopausal is the state where the bothersome symptoms that a female experience during perimenopause gradually decreases. However, due to lower levels of oestrogen and several other factors, she may suffer from post-menopausal syndrome and is at increased risk of several health conditions such as heart diseases and osteoporosis.
Other postmenopausal symptoms include changes in sex drive, headaches, difficulty concentrating, hair loss, racing heart, a worsening of PMS, and numerous emotional changes. Postmenopausal symptoms can seriously affect your everyday life. These conditions lead to a significant reduction in the quality of life of both the affected individual and their relatives, so if you are suffering from these symptoms, see our doctor.
In general, menopause is a normal part of every female life. A few females who have undergone hysterectomy may experience menopause prematurely. After menopause rest of her life, she spend post-menopausal. Postmenopausal women are at increased risk for several health conditions, such as osteoporosis and heart disease.
After the menopause, the level of the hormone remains continuously low. Females do not experience menstrual cycles, and there is a natural decline in the functions of the ovaries. The ovaries produce a low level of oestrogen, progesterone, and testosterone, and the total serum level of these hormones in the female declines. The female is unable to get pregnant. Due to the low level of oestrogen hormone, she is at increased risk of postmenstrual syndrome.
Postmenopausal can be separated into early post-menopause and late post-menopause.
The early menopause is the first five years since the final menstrual cycle. It is the phase where the level of follicle-stimulating hormone continues to be high. Still, there is a significant decline in the ovarian hormones. Due to a permanently low level that is associated with accelerated bone loss. After early postmenopausal, the female enters late post-menopause. Late postmenopausal is the stage where the ovarian hormones remain consistently low, and there is an increased risk of heart diseases.
Post-menopause syndrome is distressing, but Ayurveda has ways to deal with and reduce the risk of osteoporosis and heart diseases.