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Why Menopause Occurs

Why Does Menopause Occur?

If you’re experiencing menopause symptoms—such as irregular periods, moodiness and fatigue—-you may be wondering why menopause occurs. And why is this happening right now?

Menopause occurs when your body produces less estrogen, signaling the end of egg production.  Once a woman begins this transition naturally, it can’t be stopped. For women who have not yet had children, this can be a stressful time. Getting pregnant and carrying full term, although not impossible, can be more difficult while transitioning through menopause.

Medical procedures, such as a hysterectomy, can induce menopause. Following surgery, women will immediately begin to feel the symptoms of menopause because of the sudden decrease in estrogen levels. Chemotherapy and pelvic radiation can also result in menopause, if only temporary. Periods can resume once the body begins to recover from the treatments.

Menopause is going to occur. It’s a natural part of the aging process. During a woman’s reproductive years, her ovaries produce the necessary hormones for pregnancy. At a certain point in every woman’s life, though, hormone levels diminish. Many women fear this change, thinking they will feel less of a woman. That’s understandable. But for many others, it can be the beginning of new and greater things.

Although we don’t have a say in when menopause will occur, we can get ready for the change. Taking small steps towards a healthy lifestyle, especially with a diet and exercise plan, can make all the difference. Watch your weight now. Start exercising, if you don’t already, and be mindful of what you put in your body. Preparing for this next stage in your life, and communicating openly with your doctor or health care professional, can pave the way for a smoother transition.

If you survived years of menstrual cycles, you’ll survive menopause. Your body is doing what it’s supposed to do, so now it’s time to provide it with some much needed attention and care.