Early Menopausal Symptoms
At a certain age, women go through a process called menopause. It marks the end of the menstrual cycle, and the experience usually varies for each woman. Usually the experience is not too unpleasant, albeit a bit uncomfortable; but there are women who are weakened by menopausal symptoms, starting even during pre-menopause. While menopause will not have debilitating effects on your over-all health and vitality, its symptoms can affect disrupt your sleep, motivation, and mood; which is why more and more are considering bioidentical hormone therapy.
Once the body’s estrogen begins to decline, you will definitely start experiencing the telltale signs that are associated with menopause. Listed here are the menopausal symptoms you can watch out for.
Menstrual Cycle Changes
It is very rare that the bleeding ceases so suddenly when the menstrual cycle is in the process of changing. Bleeding usually becomes irregular, you may experience heavy bleeding, lighter bleeding, or just spotting. You will also observe that the duration in which you experience menstrual bleeding fluctuates, it may be shorter or longer than normal.
This is one of the most worrying symptom of menopause, and what women should also be wary of when they experience it. Women experience different kinds of moods, sometimes all at the same time. They feel irritable, angry, sad, and anxious; these mood swings often go from the extreme end of the mood spectrum to the severe lows in just a short amount of time. The reason this is a bit disconcerting is because a change in hormone production affects mental health, and there are certain treatments that should be taken to help cope with it.
A hot flash is when a woman suddenly feels heat in the body. They may feel it only at the upper body or the whole body between 30 seconds or 10 minutes, they will feel sweaty, and their neck and face may turn red from heat depending on the intensity. This is usually one of the first menopausal symptoms women experience and can be very uncomfortable. There are some who consult with their doctor about possible treatments for this because it is affecting their daily activities.
Sleep is important to replenish the lost nutrients during the day, it also helps recharge the brain and the body to give you the energy you need for your activities the next day and eight hours of sleep can do the trick. But there could be a disruption in sleep pattern once you’re already experiencing menopause. What causes the disruption is still unexplained, there are times when you wake earlier than you usually do or have trouble sleeping; but this could also have been brought on by the nighttime hot flashes making it uncomfortable to sleep, or stress.
Vaginal Dryness and Decreased Libido
During menopause, the production of the hormone estrogen decreases, and what happens is the lining of the vaginal wall becomes thin; this causes vaginal dryness which can then cause a decrease in libido. Women will experience itching, stinging, or a burning sensation. They may also find intercourse a little painful. To address vaginal dryness, you may use water-based lubricants, vaginal moisturizers, or ask your doctor about medicine that can help relieve vaginal dryness.
The tissues in your vagina is not the only one affected by a drop in estrogen levels, the urethra’s lining also thins, at the same it loses its elasticity. Because of this, women urinate often even if the bladder is not full, sometimes they even experience painful urinating. Additionally, the pelvic muscles weaken. Women are at risk of contracting urinary tract infections (UTI). To prevent UTI’s and to address urinary incontinence, ask your doctor about medications, make sure that you’re well hydrated and to strengthen your pelvic muscles.
Going through menopause and experiencing these symptoms is obviously not a walk in the park. The changes in a woman’s body can be uncomfortable, which is why it is important to have an even deeper understanding of what menopause is, what you will go through, and how it can affect your life and your relationship with other people. Knowing these can help prepare you and your loved ones for it.
Randolph Hoover and his family were originally from San Diego California but he is currently studying Business Administration in Umea University in Sweden. Aside from being a student, He also helps his parents with their home maintenance business in their home in Umea. He is also one of the marketing guy for Genemedics.