The period when a woman stops producing eggs and stops ovulating is a natural occurence referred to as menopause. The period comes along with its own challenges as some women in Yaounde share their experiences.
Chefor Raphedia just turned 48 last January 2022 and she is experiencing menopause.
“Since January, I started feeling heat inside me even during periods of cold weather, insomnia, depression, anxiety and painful joints, amongst others. It was after I consulted with my doctor that I was told I am experiencing menopause,” she explains.
Cécile Ngono, a 56-year-old woman says her menopause set in when she was 51 years old.
“I wasn’t bothered at all when I missed my period continuously for 5 months. I knew it was menopause because I felt some changes in me,” she indicates.
Menopause is a time when a woman stops having menstrual periods and is no longer able to get pregnant naturally, according to Cleveland Clinic. It marks the end of the fertile reproductive years of a woman.
According to Dr M. Simo, a Health Expert in Yaounde, menopause is a natural part of ageing that usually occurs when a woman is in her late 40’s and early 50’s (45 – 55years).
It is often characterised by a complete year without menstrual bleeding in the absence of any surgery.
Signs and Symptoms of Menopause
In the months or years leading up to menopause, a woman experiences signs and symptoms like irregular periods, vaginal dryness, night sweats, insomnia, mood swings and hot flashes amongst others.
These signs vary. “Some women experience irregularities in their periods before they end. In some women, periods tend to happen on shorter cycles. Despite all these irregularities, pregnancy is impossible,” Doctor Simo goes further to explain.
Can Menopause be Treated?
Menopause is a natural process that the body goes through.
In most cases, only the symptoms can be managed with a healthy lifestyle.
Sometimes, change of diet can help relieve menopausal symptoms.
Limiting the amount of caffeine and reducing the consumption of spicy foods can make hot flashes less severe.
Eating food like soybeans, fruits and vegetables and also exercising can reduce insomnia.
Madame Tracy, a medical expert advises that women experiencing menopause should visit a doctor for preventive health care and any medical concerns.
She adds that the preventive care may include health screening tests and breast and pelvic exams.
After all has been said, the proper management of menopausal symptoms can make life very comfortable for women living the period.
Ngoran Rebecca (Intern)