The layer of fat in the region of the monsveneris and in the large lips of the vulva may start to shrink. The vulva may become smaller and flabbier, the small lips become withered and change into thin folds. The fatty glands, formerly present in more than adequate mounts, may disappear almost completely, so that there are only remnants of them left.
The vagina may gradually lose its internal folds and become smooth. Its membrane looks dry. It is thinner and less muscular than before. In the course of the further process the vaginal tube gradually shrinks, becomes narrower, shorter and less elastic.
The uterus, at the beginning of the change of life, frequently contains an increased supply of blood, so that this organ increases in volume. Soon, however, the uterus also shrinks, and its muscles gradually atrophy as a result of slow degeneration at certain points. The uterus consequently becomes considerably smaller, thinner and narrower, and acquires a flat appearance. The shrinkage of the oviducts is characterized by the fact that the tubes become thinner and shorter, their cross section gradually decreasing.
The principal change in the ovaries of a woman during the menopause consists in the fact that they cease to produce follicles. The connective tissue predominates and is strikingly coarse. Further, there are certain changes in the blood vessels, and from the blood vessels this degeneration progresses to the tissue, which assumes a peculiar glassy appearance.
The ovaries become smaller and coarser and are frequently flattened. Their surfaces become pitted, so that they sometimes resemble the stone of a peach. The changes in the genital organs are accompanied by changes in the appearance of the woman concerned, which start during her menopause and almost imperceptibly develop into those changes which are commonly known as senility. In a few cases the climacteric coincides with incipient senility, but in the majority of women at this age there is a series of characteristics that have nothing in common with senility. As they vary according to the individual and are frequently connected with constitutional factors, which are important.
Menopause Weight Gain
The general changes in these women during menopause are very slight, and the "crisis" passes over them almost unnoticed. The fat deposits all over the body increase, but without disturbing the shape of any part, states that all the soft curves and which men find so attractive in women.
Menopause Breasts, Menopause Abdomen, Menopause Hips, Menopause buttocks
Even the face remains smooth and even, resembling during this period that of a child. But most parts of the body literally slide down, and that, in particular, the cheeks, throat, breasts, abdomen, hips and buttocks become less elastic and flabby, which leads to the sagging not only of the abdomen, but also of the chest.
During the menopause this congenital flabbiness becomes intensified. The tension and elasticity of the skin is reduced, so that it is incapable of bearing the peculiar fat deposits collected under the skin. The form of the fat that forms during the climacteric is also characteristic. It appears in the form of lumps of fat, and differs very considerably from the continuous layers of fat of previous years. These accumulations of fats usually occur on the cheeks and under the chin, the temples usually remaining free.
The result is the characteristic shape of the face, with pendent fat cheeks and a lump of fat under the chin, covered with atrophied, wrinkled skin. Frequently there is also an accumulation of fat on the neck, but the skin usually remains more supple than on other parts. Similarly, there are accumulations of fat above the collar-bones, which persist even if the rest of the body is lean to the point of emaciation.
On the arms, however, the roundness of previous years usually disappears, the skin becoming flabby and pendent, and the muscles soft. The breasts also become considerably fatter and pendent, the areola diminishes and loses its original shape. The accumulation of fat in the buttocks and hips, accompanied by loss of suppleness in the skin, causes these groups of muscles to move sideways and downward, thus distorting the form of the feminine body.
Menopause cause other changes
Women, with certain masculine characteristics even during the period of sexual maturity, during the period of the change they develop definitely virile characteristics which give them their peculiar impress. They are generally tall, lean, big-boned women, who even during the menopause transition incline to leanness rather than to the accumulation of fat. The face assumes a distinctly masculine character, the features becoming sharper and more distinct, and an abnormal growth of facial hair may also appear, or, alternatively, a darkening of the existing growth.
Other menopause symptoms are
The coarsening of the voice (in some cases), due to changes in the larynx, and, in the majority of cases, an almost complete disappearance of the mammary glands.
The nipple on the other hand, becomes more prominent, and the areola becomes darker and, sometimes, studded with hair. The growth of hair over the rest of the body, including the sexual organs and the legs, becomes intensified, and dirty-brown spots may appear on the back and elsewhere.