Due to estrogen and progesterone levels shifting, the body experiences a lot of different symptoms. Menopause is very difficult for some women but relatively easy for others. Everyone is different.
Let’s see what the most common signs of menopause are:
A change in the menstruation cycle is very common. The normal period cycle may become irregular with more or less bleeding. Bleeding during periods starts to vary during menopause. Each woman is different, but you might have extra heavy or extra light blood flow and regular periods might come closer together with spotting in between regular periods.
One of the most common symptoms of menopause experienced by most women is hot flashes. Hot flashes demonstrate with a sudden heat flushing over the torso and redness in the face and neck. Some women might also get hot flashes while trying to get to sleep and these are referred to as night sweats. Both hot flashes and night sweats may vary in severity among women, in most cases they only last a few years.
Many women have trouble with incontinence, you may have to urinate more often and/or have leakage when laughing or coughing.
A common problem is vaginal dryness, and sex may feel uncomfortable. Menopause symptoms also include changes in sex drive and desire; many women experience a sudden loss of sexual interest. For many women, losing their fertility is actually a liberating feeling and they have more sex since they don’t have to deal with the possibility of getting pregnant. However, women are advised to use condoms because menopause doesn’t offer them protection against sexually transmitted diseases.
During menopause, women often report feeling tired and moody. Sudden changes in mood may occur due to changes in hormonal levels. Women in the menopausal phase also tend to get easily exhausted, sometimes having major fatigue. Although the urge to go to sleep might be greater, that doesn’t mean you will have a restful night’s sleep, as in many cases sleep may be interrupted by night sweats or other irritations.
An additional symptom of menopause is weight gain; in some instances the waist becomes thicker, while fat levels tend to increase. Skin becomes less flexible and loses its elasticity. Lean muscle is harder to maintain or increase and you may find it more difficult to maintain your weight without changing your eating habits a little.
You many have some unusual heart beatings such as palpitations or tachycardia as you go through menopause, this is not uncommon and is usually not a problem. In some cases though these signs might mimic symptoms of other diseases and conditions, therefore you should confer with an expert to avoid complications and potential problems.
Menopause is different from woman to woman. The most important thing is to control the symptoms of menopause as well as possible and try to keep in mind that this a normal phase of life that women have been enduring since the dawn of time.