It’s safe to say that most women don’t look forward to going through menopause. As a woman, even the word itself will make you feel slightly uncomfortable. The process of menopause does not occur overnight, it is more of a gradual process. And usually, things will get worse before they get better. However, the process is different for every woman.
If you are a younger reader, you might feel that this topic will not concern you for at least some time. But, as it turns out, some women will experience the symptoms of perimenopause. That is a menopause transition that begins several years before menopause. Most often it starts in a woman’s 40s but it can even start in her 30s!
Regardless of the statistics if you notice any of these 9 symptoms, it’s probably a good idea to talk to your doctor.
1. Irregular periods
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If you notice that you have fairly irregular periods, that might be the first signs that you are approaching menopause. When a woman is getting close to menopause her hormones will become imbalanced. And, because the menstrual cycle is dependent upon hormones, irregular periods can often occur. It might mean having multiple periods per month with pretty heavy flows. Moreover, periods will simply become unpredictable!
2. Facial hair
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While no longer having monthly periods can be a relief, but the growth of some extra facial hair will not make you happy. It’s nothing new that women deal with facial hair even before menopause. But, due to higher DHT (dihydrotestosterone) levels, you will get even more unwanted ‘staches and beards.
3. Mood swings
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You might feel angry for no reason, everything will irritate you, or you might cry over the simplest things. Sounds familiar? Apparently, mood swings are not only a sign of PMS, they can also be a symptom of menopause. It’s a time when the body is undergoing drastic hormonal changes, which will most certainly mess with your emotions.
4. Sleeplessness and fatigue
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As a woman in menopause, you might feel hot flashes and night sweats which will disturb the quality of your sleep. Additionally, the fatigue can be mental and physical, making you feel very tired and lacking energy. Even though there are a variety of over-the-counter medications to treat these particular symptoms, some doctors turn to HRT. This is a menopausal hormone replacement therapy that uses female hormones such as estrogen and progesterone, to treat common symptoms of menopause.
5. Weight gain
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It doesn’t necessarily mean that every woman will gain weight during menopause. But, because of the inevitable hormonal changes in your body and the decline of estrogen levels, your metabolism will not work as it used to. This is why healthy eating and exercise habits are very important.
6. Hot flashes
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Usually, women complain the most about hot flashes as one of the most common symptoms of menopause. It can be really uncomfortable having warm skin or being constantly sweaty. However, researchers at the Mayo Clinic say that hot flashes are worse in women who are overweight or smokers.
7. Hair loss
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Unfortunately, being in menopause can mean losing some of your hair. And, that doesn’t sound good to any woman. However, maintaining a healthy lifestyle can be really helpful when it comes to this symptom. Or, if you really want to keep having healthy thick hair, you can ask your doctor to prescribe you the adequate medicine.
8. Loss of breast fullness
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Also known as sagging of the boobs. Menopausal women may experience this due to a loss of skin elasticity. Fortunately, this is a slow process. It is more noticeable in women who have had children. Also, if you want to slow down the process, there are a lot of exercises that you can do. And make sure you have a healthy diet.
9. Memory loss
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Well, this one is pretty scary. When women are in menopause, they might be affected by what is referred to as “brain fog”. This can be mild to a severe episode of mental confusion that can strike without warning. But, if you notice that it is happening pretty often it’s probably best to see your doctor.
Women do not have it easy, do they?