Menopause is a normal change women go through when they get older, and as a result they experience menopause symptoms. Their periods disappear and they are unable to get pregnant. This happens to women usually when they are in their late 40’s or early 50’s, but it can start as early as the late 30’s and last until the 60’s. Every women is different.
There are many symptoms of menopause. Some women will have few symptoms and others may have all of the symptoms. Below is a list of the symptoms of menopause.
1. Changes in Monthly Periods
Some women may start to see the symptoms of menopause up to a year before it actually happens. This may include changes in their monthly periods Some women will have a heavier flow and some will have lighter flows. Some women will not have a period every month. It just depends on the woman.
2. Hot Flashes
Many women will have to deal with the dreaded hot flashes. A hot flash is a sudden increase in body temperature. This happens a lot at night and may be accompanied by sweating and heart palpitations (which may cause the face and neck to become flushed). Hot flashes are due to the changes in women’s hormones.
3. Sleeping Problems
Sleeping problems often affect many women going through menopause. These sleeping problems may vary from the inability to sleep or problems staying asleep. This is probably due to all of the hormonal changes in the body. Some women have problems sleeping due to hot flashes also.
4. Difficulty Concentrating
During menopause, the woman’s body goes through many changes. Some women may have difficulty concentrating or remembering things during this time. This may be due to the fact that women feel overwhelmed with the changes they are facing. This can also be due to the lack of sleep some women experience.
5. Mood Swings
Sometimes women will have mood changes during menopause. Some women may get irritable, depressed, or have feelings of anxiety. These feelings may be normal if they last for a short period of time. If they last longer then a month or so it should be discussed with a doctor just to be sure there is not a bigger problem.
6. Decrease in Sex Drive
Many women will have a decrease in their sex drive during this time. This can be due to several factors. The natural aging process may be part of the problem. The reduce amount of estrogen in the body may be another factor. Another reason is the vagina becomes dry during menopause. Once the vaginal gets dry, it may hurt to have sex. Talk to your doctor because there are ways to help this problem.
There are many signs and symptoms of menopause. These are just a few. If you think you may be starting to go through menopause, talk to your doctor. She will be able to help you figure out what is going on and will be able to help alleviate some of the symptoms if they are too bothersome for you.