Causes of Post Menopause

Hormonal imbalance can prolong symptoms during postmenopausePostmenopause can come across as an enigmatic time of life, the first time in decades that a woman does not have the capacity to reproduce. After having gone through premenopause, perimenopause, and menopause itself, women will enter the last stage along the reproductive route: the last adjustment women need to make.

During postmenopause, hormonal fluctuations might still occur within women's bodies, sometimes prolonging symptoms. Besides hormonal causes, experts have also identified external causes. Read on to learn about the hormonal and external causes of postmenopause.






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Hormonal Causes of Post Menopause


The same hormonal fluctuations that triggered the menopause process also play an important role during postmenopause.

Hormones like estrogen, progesterone and testosterone decline naturally, leading to imbalanced levels and many uncomfortable symptoms of postmenopause. Although these fluctuations are more severe during the years leading up to menopause, they might continue in the early postmenopause years.

To learn more about the role of hormones in postmenopause, please go to the postmenopause and hormones article.

External Causes of Post Menopause


Even though hormone changes are at the very foundation of postmenopause there are a number of external factors that could throw a woman into her postmenopause years earlier in her life. These factors include:

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Menstruation stops at menopause; however, some women will go on to experience bleeding during postmenopause, which can be disconcerting. This article describes six of the causes of postmenopausal bleeding, including hormone replacement therapy, cervical polyps or stress, and recommendations for what to do if you suspect you have postmenopausal bleeding.

 

It is a common misconception that the risk of developing ovarian cysts disappears after menopause. Find information in this article about how likely ovarian cysts are during postmenopause, their size, the cancer risks and what symptoms to look for, like bloating, problems urinating, and increased hair growth, which could be indicative of postmenopausal ovarian cysts.

 

Lifestyle habits

Smokers tend to experience menopause earlier and more severelyWomen who smoke and drink heavily often go through the menopause transition earlier and with more difficulty than women who don’t. On the other hand, there are also some studies suggesting that western diets, rich in hormone-treated foods, might even delay postmenopause, prolonging the duration of symptoms.


Stress

Sometimes, women who experience constant periods of stress, due to financial hardships or family disputes, for instance, may undergo the transition to postmenopause early.


Surgery

Women who have both ovaries removed, due to cancer or other health concerns, will be flung into menopause and postmenopause immediately after the surgery, causing them to suffer the consequences of sudden hormone depletion.


Radiation or chemotherapy

Radiation and chemotherapy can damage the ovariesThese treatments often damage the ovaries, sometimes causing them to begin the menopause transition shortly after, or even while on therapy.


Even though the causes of postmenopause mentioned above are present throughout the menopause process, the bodily functions they might affect can differ. To learn about the postmenopause consequences on the body, visit the section about postmenopause symptoms.


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