When it comes to menopause, there’s no exact timing as to when it happens. Some women might experience it early in life, while others can experience what’s known as late onset menopause. In this article, we will be briefly discussing late onset menopause as well as the pros and cons of late menopause.
What is late onset menopause?
As the name suggests, late onset menopause is menopause that happens later in a woman’s life. Most women start to experience menopause when they are about 45-55 years old. But it’s also possible for some women to start menopause as early as their 30s or 40s. Conversely, some women might start later when they’re already 55 years old or older, which is known as late onset menopause.
While late menopause might have some benefits, there are also some risks associated with it. Generally speaking, early menopause puts a woman at a higher risk for a number of diseases.
What are the pros and cons of late menopause?
Pro: Lower risk of stroke and cardiovascular problems
One possible explanation for this is that estrogen has a beneficial effect on the heart. In particular, it helps maintain the flexibility of the heart walls, allowing it to contract and expand in order to efficiently pump blood throughout the body. This helps lower the risk of cardiovascular problems.
Women who are in menopause no longer produce any estrogen. This means that the beneficial effects it has on the heart are no longer there, so women in menopause can have a higher risk of heart problems.
Pro: Longer lifespan
Another study found that women who have experienced late menopause have longer lifespans compared to other women.
Researchers are still not sure why this is the case, and why women who experience early menopause can have shorter lifespans. One reason for this is that early menopause generally puts a woman at a higher risk of type 2 diabetes and other health problems.
Pro: Better memory
One benefit of late menopause is having better memory. As people grow older, it’s normal for the brain to experience cognitive decline.
However, a study found that women who experienced late onset menopause have better cognition compared to other women of the same age. One possible explanation that the researchers put forth is that estrogen can also have a protective effect on neurons or brain cells.
This means that the longer a woman’s body produces estrogen, the more protection their brain can have against cognitive decline.
Con: Increased cancer risk
Just as estrogen has some beneficial effects on the health, it also has some negative effects on the body. In late menopause, higher amounts of estrogen can increase the risk of uterine cancer. Additionally, high estrogen levels are also related to a higher risk of breast and ovarian cancer.
Aside from this, a woman’s risk of uterine cancer goes up as she grows older. As a result, women who experience late menopause generally have a higher risk of other cancers compared to other women.
For the most part, there really is no way to control when menopause can happen. A lot of factors come into play on whether or not a woman can experience late menopause.
The most important thing to remember would be to stay healthy, and prioritize your health. If you feel anything wrong, or any sudden changes in your body, don’t hesitate to talk to your doctor about it.
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