Menopause is occurring earlier than it used to. Men and women in their thirties are showing signs of menopause thanks to stressful social and economic conditions that can be prevented. Is there hope for this generation?
What is menopause?
Menopause refers to the changes that bring about the cessation of women’s or men’s reproductive phase. The term menopause is mainly used for midlife women who no longer have the capacity to reproduce but may also affect men. The word menopause was derived from the Greek terms mensis meaning month and pausis meaning to stop. It hence loosely translates to cessation of monthly cycles.
For a long time, menopause was believed to set-in in the sunset years of a woman’s life when the woman had had enough children for the man, something like thirteen or eighteen, not so these days.
Early onset of menopause
Due to the pressures brought about by harsh economic conditions that make men and women take on two or three jobs in order to meet their needs and those of their families, menopause seems to be knocking on the door sooner than expected and women as young as twenty-nine and men as young as thirty-nine are increasingly experiencing this old age phenomenon. Menopause will not let these young stars enjoy their prime and is hunting them down the streets like criminals who have wronged a sex goddess.
What are the causes?
Menopause is primarily caused by a decrease in the number of developing ova which also leads to an increase in the concentration of two major hormones produced by the anterior pituitary gland, namely: Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) and Luteinizing Hormone (LH). Aside from this, menopause may also be caused by the surgical removal of the uterus and or the ovaries. Stressful working conditions that impact on hormonal concentration may also bring about early menopause in women.
What are the signs?
When you notice the following at whatever age, do not blame your spouse, it merely shows that menopause has set in earlier than you expected.
a) When the breasts and the reproductive organs start shrinking in size limiting the urge for intercourse or making it painful, know that menopause has finally set in.