Menstrual Cycle Changes Before Menopause – Menopause is generally experienced by women at about age 48 in the tropics. But in fact the process leading to menopause had begun several years earlier. One of which is marked by changes in the menstrual cycle. And some of them even began 7 years before menopause. The changes are due to the increasingly declining function of the ovaries (ovarian).
In the pre-menopause, menstrual cycle initially will be shorter than usual. This is because of the combination of the release of eggs (ovulation) more often, and it has a shorter period in luteal phases, namely the period between ovulation and the beginning of a new menstrual cycle, which is normally taken 12-16 days. Menstrual blood volume that occurs will be more than usual, and the frequency of menstruation was also more frequent. But finally, the menstrual cycle becomes longer when the number of eggs that are released into the wane. The volume of menstrual blood becomes less and ovulation also is sporadic: occasionally release an egg, sometimes it is not.
If you do not record the menstrual cycle on the diagram ‘day menstrual cycle’ vs. ‘basal temperature’ (new body temperature when waking up in the morning), prolonged this cycle can make you think pregnant, when in fact it is not. Or, you may be pregnant, but you think as menstrual cycles are elongated. It is bothering, right?
Normally, when you are experiencing menstruation, body temperature will be low until a few days after your period is over. Then when ovulation occurs, the body temperature will rise more than 0.2 degrees from the initial temperature. If the egg is not fertilized, then when the luteal phase is complete, the body temperature will fall back to prepare for the next menstrual cycle. However, if the egg is fertilized, then the luteal phase temperatures will remain high until more than 18 days, which indicates that you are pregnant.
When entering pre-menopause, the pattern of body temperature remains low, because it could be now you have anovulatory cycles, which is still having menstrual cycles but does not release an egg. Or, ovulation was delayed, indicating that you have longer menstrual cycles. If these menstrual disorders often appear accompanied by hot flashes, night sweats, excessive worry, depression, fatigue, decreased libido, and vaginal dryness, these are the major sign that you are in transition to menopause.
When the menstrual cycle is shorter or longer, meaning fertile period was changed. If you do not want any more children, you need to do prevention, for example by using birth control.
Bleeding between menstruation
At anovulatory cycles, women will also experience bleeding between menstruation unspecified times, which is calculated as a normal menstruation, when in fact it is not. The bleeding occurs because the hormone estrogen – which causes the body to make the uterine lining (endometrium) to thicken in preparation for attachment of a fertilized egg, if it is so – if it reaches the levels needed for ovulation.
Estrogen levels rise only gradually to near the level that is expected to trigger ovulation. But if it then dropped suddenly, so it decays endometrium and bleeding. Endometrium can also be thickened little by little for a long time, until the condition in which the endometrium is so thick that no longer able to withstand its own weight, so it decays and bleeding.
According to the Health and Beauty, all these changes are normal when you are approaching menopause. You just need to understand what is happening to your body so as not to be surprised. For those who want to prevent pregnancy naturally, noting the body temperature and check the condition of cervical mucus will make you know where ‘the position of your body’ in the menstrual cycle, as well as reducing concern if you are pregnant or not.
The kind of method that called The Fertility Awareness can you ask to your doctor. Maybe the doctor will provide an alternative to help you understand the changes in the menstrual cycle is.
Beware of the following:
1. The menstrual blood very much and lumpy
2. The menstrual cycle is much longer than 36 days
3. The menstrual cycle is shorter than 21 days
4. The bleeding whatever happens in between menstrual cycles
5. Severe cramps during menstruation that you had never experienced before
6. The bleeding that you have just occurred after 12 full months you are not menstruating
7. Bleeding after intercourse
8. Bleeding or unusual pain experienced before.
Those are about women health, especially concerning about menstrual cycle changes before menopause.