Menopause symptoms

Menopausal symptoms can affect women for years. These issues are problems that will affect up to 75% of all women however it is not something you will hear a lot of people talking about! Most medical professionals will even downplay early menopausal symptoms when they come upon us! So what are some of the symptoms and what can a woman do to find relief from them?

The first symptom of menopause is irregular menstrual periods. This can happen from five to eight years before the menstrual period completely stops. Periods can come more frequently than every 28 days. Some periods may be lighter or only be spotting while others may be heavier in flow. Some may only last a few days in duration.

This is happening due to the fact that the body is not producing as much estrogen and progesterone as it once was. So what can you do to prepare for this? Keep supplies with you at all times and be prepared. If it is too much for you to deal with then talk to your physician about this problem. There are some alternative therapies and herbal supplements that can help in these matters.

Next comes the symptoms that we always hear about with menopause, the hot flashes and the night sweats. Hot flashes occur when your body temperature is not regulated properly and you suddenly have a flash of heat or your body and face suddenly flush beet red. After the hot flash is over you are left feeling very cold and chilled. Night sweats happen when you wake up very hot and sweaty for no reason. Some things you can do to combat this is to wear layers so you can take them off and put them back on as needed. Keep some extra night clothing close to your bed to change quickly when woken up in a sweat. Researchers are not quite sure what causes these issues but they feel one reason is that due to the drop in estrogen production, the heart work harder and this causes the whole body to heat up at a moment’s notice.

Weight gain is the next dreaded symptom of menopause that most women do not want to even think about during menopause. The lack of estrogen production makes it much harder to get rid of that extra fat that accumulates around the middle of the body. The body metabolism is not as fast as it once was due to the lack of hormone production as well. Changes in diet and exercise will go a long way in keeping this problem to a minimum.

Mood swings and depression are common problems that go along with menopause. All of these changes in a woman’s body are enough to make her have any number of mental issues! It is no wonder that many women experience mood swings and depression during the menopausal time of their life. There has not been any research that can pinpoint what exactly causes this to happen during menopause but it is very common. Consult your physician if the mood disorders become something that you cannot tolerate. There are medications that can be prescribed for these problems.

Other problems that are associated with menopause are headaches, joint pain, being forgetful, vaginal dryness, loss of vaginal elasticity and loss of libido. The lack of estrogen and progesterone production in the body can cause any number of issues including these. Some things you can do to help this symptoms are to try exercising frequently to help the joint pain and take vitamin supplements to help promote healthy nutrition. Use mental and brain exercises to help keep yourself active mentally. There are estrogen creams and other substances that can be used to help with vaginal dryness. Consult your physician for these or any other matters that might be causing you problems during menopause.

Last updated on Aug 30th, 2009 and filed under Other Conditions & Diseases, Women's Health. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

3 Responses for “Menopause symptoms”

  1. Mickey says:

    With all the crazy symptoms linked to menopause, I am not so sure I am looking forward to getting old. Seriously, with all of us young folks constantly complaining of the dreaded “time of the month”, I am beginning to think that that phase is just a walk in the park compared to menopause. At least I hope with all the information I read on Menopause Symptoms and Treatments on the young generation to come can breeze through their menopause phase a bit easier than what my mother is going though (whew and it is something..!)

  2. Joan says:

    Menopause occurs after 51 years of age or sometimes it can even occur before 40. During menopause, one has to suffer from moodiness, gets irritated fast etc. Also periods are skipped, so they feel more annoying. One can go for some medication provided by doctors.

  3. Back here in my country, the average age of women developing menopause is less than 45 years old. I’m sure many women aren’t looking forward on getting on their 40’s with all this fuss with regard to menopause.

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