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