A women’s life has many phases, one such phase is menopause, and this is the time where the menstruation and functioning of the ovaries are paused. The age when menopause occurs is varied in each woman; some may achieve their menopause at 40s, 50s and few in their early 30s. However, the ideal age for menopause is between 45 to 50 years.

Can I get pregnant during Menopause?

Most of the women mistakenly percepts pre-menopausal state as menopausal, before actually entering into the menopause, i.e. the transitional time from pre-menopause to menopause, during this gap you can get pregnant. Irregular periods cannot always be the sign of menopause, because there are many other medical reasons to that may also make your periods irregular or stop. Therefore, these symptoms can also most likely be a pre-menopausal phase. You can be sure that you are in menopause once you are in nil for periods or about a year. So get to the conclusion that you have hit your menopausal stage after confirming with your health care provider. Woman in post-menopausal stage cannot get pregnant naturally, as the ovaries do not contain egg which can get fertilized. However, with advanced procedures like IVF with the help of donor eggs you can absolutely deliver a baby even in your menopause.

How do I know if I am in my menopause?

These are the symptoms that you would experience if you strike menopausal stage.

Irregular periods: This is the first thing that you will notice during your menopause. The frequency and duration of the menstrual cycle gets erratic.
Decline in fertility: During the pre-menopausal stage, the major hormone estrogen gets reduced and this shows an adverse affect on the ability to get pregnant
Vaginal dryness: You may feel pain during the sexual intercourse and experience itching.
Hot flashes: You may feel sudden warmth on neck, face, chest and other upper body parts, which later may also make you feel the same with lower parts of the body. This makes you perspire more.
Urinary tract problems: You may acquire urinary tract infections such as cystitis.

Stages of menopause

Perimenopause: Perimenopause is the condition that occurs before menopause, i.e before the estrogen levels falls down. Typical age for entering perimenopause is late 40s.
Early menopause: Certain factors other than natural aging process may promote the early menopause, the factors may include, hysterectomy, oophorectomy, and premature ovarian failure.
Menopause: Once you miss your periods for a year, at the age in between 50 to 52, then this phase is called Menopause.
Post menopause: Post menopause is the phase when a year has passed off since you had your last period. You may experience clear symptoms such as vaginal dryness, insomnia, tachycardia, night sweats, and hot flashes.

Tips to stay healthy during Menopause

Refrain from the habit of smoking and alcohol consumption as there are the triggers for some of the symptoms like hot flashes that occur during menopause.
Perform regular exercises to keep stress and weight gain at its bay
Include healthy green vegetable in your diet, reduce the amount of animal products
Include healthy green vegetable in your diet, reduce the amount of animal products
Get screened for cancer, and also check your vitamin D levels so as to avoid the chances of deteriorated bone health.
Get enough rest to beat up the stress levels and any signs of depression


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