Women with late menstruation and menopause may live longer

If you are still waiting for your periods to come then you are lucky in many ways. Getting periods is a sign of good health and functioning human. But it is good to have delayed menstruation and stay away from the nasty cramping. The good news is that delayed onset of menstruation and menopause may actually increase the age of women to 90 years.

What is menstrual cycle?

The menstrual cycle is the changes that occur in body of a woman that prepares her for pregnancy. Every month, one of the ovaries releases an egg. This process is called ovulation. If ovulation occurs and the egg is not fertilized then the lining of the uterus sheds from vagina. This is called as menstrual cycle.

What is menopause?

Menopause is when a woman stops having periods and is no longer able to get pregnant naturally. It is a natural part of aging and usually occurs between the age group of 45 to 55 years.

Just as each young woman starts menstruating at a different age, menopause comes at a different age for each woman. Late menopause usually occurs if you have genetic predisposition to it. There are few environmental factors that can influence menopause. Being overweight or eating certain medications may cause a woman to experience late menopause. Also, smoking and living in a high altitude can cause can cause women to experience early menopause. If you reach menopause late then that means there are reproductive hormones flowing in your body for more time. You are more likely to live a longer life because women who go through menopause late are at a lower risk for heart disease. A woman who experience late menopause also tends to suffer less from osteoporosis, have stronger bones, and fewer fractures. Having menopause is a natural process and should not be linked with a disease.

It is advisable to stay on track with the gynecological check ups and have a healthy life.