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At some point most women will experience vaginal dryness. It can affect women of all ages but your chance of vaginal dryness increases most often during and after menopause â€“ this occurs between the ages of 40 and 59. Women on hormone replacement therapy, who are pregnant or breastfeeding are also susceptible to vaginal dryness.
Not only does progesterone prepare your body for conception and pregnancy but it also regulates the monthly menstrual cycle. During the reproductive years, progesterone is released from the ovaries every month. It sends out a signal to the body to thicken the lining of the uterus, which enables the fertilized egg to attach and develop.
Premenstrual syndrome (also referred to as PMS or PMT) is a condition defined by a set of hormonal changes that cause troublesome symptoms in many women one or two weeks before the onset of their menstrual cycle. A combination of physical, emotional and psychological symptoms are experienced ranging from abdominal bloating, fatigue, breast tenderness and headaches to mood swings, depression or crying.
Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) is a condition associated with severe emotional symptoms such as depression, anxiety and irritability that develops before the onset of menstruation. Although these symptoms are similar to those of PMS, they are debilitating enough to affect interpersonal relationships as well as everyday activities. Symptoms will develop during the last week of the menstrual cycles and generally improve a few days after your period begins. It is estimated that at least 3 to 5% of menstruating women develop PMDD particularly those with a family history of mood disorders.
Ovarian cysts (also called growths) are fluid-filled sac-like structures that can form in, on or near the ovaries. They commonly affect women in their reproductive years, particularly between the ages of 20 and 35. Women who suffer from endometriosis, pelvic inflammatory disease or bulimia and take the epilepsy drug, Valporate tend to be more susceptible to ovarian cysts.
Menstruation is the part of the menstrual cycle, the process that helps a womanâ€™s body get ready for the possibility of pregnancy each month. The average cycle is 28 days long and starts on the first day of a period. The menstrual cycle can range from 21 days to 35 days. The brain pituitary gland, uterus cervix, ovaries, fallopian tubes and vagina all work together to make the menstrual cycle happen. The ovaries produce two important hormones, progesterone and estrogen. The pituitary gland also produces hormones, follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH).
Menstrual cramps are also known by its medical term as dysmenorrhea. These cramps are characterized by either dull, throbbing pains in the lower abdomen or shooting, intense pains that may last for a few minutes. Every womanâ€™s experience with menstrual cramps is different. Menstrual cramps can range from mild, moderate to severe pain.
Menorrhagia is the medical term used to define heavy or prolonged menstrual bleeding every month. It occurs along with other menstrual symptoms such as headaches, cramps, pain, muscle aches, nausea and vomiting. Heavy menstrual bleeding can often be so severe and persistent that your daily routine is disrupted.
Although it may sometimes feel like it, menopause is not a disease or an ailment â€“ it is a natural transition that occurs for all women when they reach a particular age. Generally occurring in women between the ages of 45 and 55, menopause is the complete cessation of a menstrual cycle where the body goes through a number of hormonal changes and the ovaries stop releasing eggs for possible fertilization.
Hot flashes may be described as a sudden feeling of warmth on the face and upper body, especially the head and neck areas. Women who are undergoing menopause, particularly perimenopause often experience hot flashes but it may also be as a result of lifestyle and certain medications. Other symptoms that may accompany hot flashes include perspiration, a flushed appearance with red, blotchy skin rapid heartbeat, headache, dizziness or nausea.
Hormones play a vital role in every womanâ€™s health and well-being. Very often when women are in a bad mood, you will find that they, or their partners, blame it on their hormones. When hormone levels fluctuate, this can affect your mood, sexual desire, fertility and ovulation. In other words, the imbalance of hormones may impact negatively on how your reproductive system responds.
Most women dread their period â€“ especially when they experience heavy bleeding with almost every cycle! Heavy menstrual periods are known by their medical term menorrhagia and are described as excessive bleeding or prolonged bleeding every month. It can cause extreme discomfort, often leaving you feeling weak and lightheaded. You may bleed so heavily that you are often forced to change your sanitary towel or tampon every two hours. Heavy menstrual periods can lead to a number of complications if not treated immediately.
The endometrium is a special type of tissue that usually lines the inner walls of a womanâ€™s uterus. Sometimes endometrium migrates and becomes implanted in other areas within the pelvis. In women with endometriosis there may be endometrial tissue on the fallopian tubes, the ovaries or anywhere else on the lining of the pelvis- these are all places endometrial tissue is not meant to be.
Candidiasis is also often referred to as thrush, and is a yeast infection belonging to a group of fungi containing more than 20 species. The most common type of yeast is Candida albicans, which often affects women in the form of vaginal thrush.