Symptoms of Menopause

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Menopause is a natural transition process that marks the difference between a productive and non-productive life. The menstrual period comes to an end and women are considered to be past menopause after a year without periods. Commonly, it occurs between the ages of 45 and 55. However, some women start experiencing symptoms of menopause at 35 years. Once you become familiar with the symptoms, you can easily manage them while sharing the information with your families so as to receive the support you may need. Here are some symptoms of menopause that almost every woman may experience:

Depression

During menopause, depression is often linked to severe mood swings. However, in some cases, the onset of depression may manifest as extensive feeling of sadness or regret about making life choices.

Insomnia

Insomnia is a condition in which you are unable to sleep, and/or remain asleep. During menopause, insomnia is triggered by the onset of hot flushes at night. Additionally, you may experience insomnia to mark the onset of menopause.

Osteoporosis

During the premenopausal stage, majority of women start losing their bone mass and tissue by approximately about 2% to 3% per annum. It can be difficult to note as it is not painful but can cause osteoporosis during menopause.

Night Sweats

Night sweats are mostly as a result of the hot flushes that accompany menopause. Majority of women will complain of night sweats during menopause. When a severe hot flush occurs during the night, it triggers excessive sweating drenching beddings in sweat.

Hot Flushes

Hot flushes happen to be the most common menopausal symptom with about 75% of women complaining about the condition. It is experienced as an excessive feeling of heat in the body that last between 30 seconds and a few minutes.

Fatigue

Fatigue during menopause can occur for several months. Mostly, it happens due to body’s attempts to adjust to decreased* levels of estrogen hormone.

Other menopausal symptoms

  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Joint aches
  • Mood swings
  • Weight gain
  • Decreased* libido
  • Urinary problems etc…

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