1. Hot Flashes, Flushes and/or Cold Flashes
Hot flashes are the body’s reaction to a decreased supply of the hormone estrogen, which occurs naturally as women approach menopause. Not all women experience hot flashes, but more than half do.
In some, estrogen production decreases gradually, producing few hot flashes. But for others, the ovaries stop estrogen production abruptly. For these women, hot flashes can be a real roller-coaster ride. Also you may get the night time version of hot flashes, known as night sweats.
2. Night Sweats
Night sweats is the evening cousin of hot flashes, but typically more intense. Night sweats, which is also known as “nocturnal hyperhidrosis”, isn’t actually a sleep disorder, but it is a common perspiration disorder that occurs during sleep.
3. Mood Swings, Sudden Tears
A person with a mood problem is like a human roller coaster. One minute she’s up, the next minute she’s down. She never seems to be able to get off the ride. Her mood swings are intense, sudden and out of control.
Chronic and severe mood swings are a psychological disorder, a health problem every bit as real as a physical ailment. In fact, sometimes they’re the result of a physical problem, like a premenstrual syndrome. And just like a physical problem, they can be treated.
Fatigue, one of the most common menopause symptoms, is defined as an ongoing and persistent feeling of weakness, tiredness, and lowered energy level. This should be distinguished from drowsiness, which implies an actual urge to sleep. Fatigue involves lack of energy rather than sleepiness. If the fatigue comes on suddenly, it could be a sign of crashing fatigue.
5. Hair Loss or Thinning, Head, Pubic, or Whole Body; Increase in Facial Hair
Connected to estrogen deficiency, since the hair follicles need estrogen; some women notice this before any other sign because it is obvious. Hair loss can be sudden or gradual loss or thinning of hair on your head or on other parts of your body.
You’ll notice hair in your brush; your hair may also get drier and more brittle or notice a thinning or loss of pubic hair. A gradual loss or thinning of hair without any accompanying symptoms is common.
6. Menopause Sleep Disorders (With or Without Night Sweats)
In the past, doctors believed that interrupted sleep was a consequence of night sweats, but recent studies indicate that you can also have problems with sleep that aren’t connected to hot flashes.
Typically, the frequency of insomnia doubles from the amount you may have had before you entered premature menopause. And research also indicates that women begin to experience restless sleep as many as five to seven years before entering menopause.
Again, though, the problem is recognizing that the insomnia you’re suffering from has its roots in changes in your hormone levels.
7. Weight Gain during Menopause
Weight gain, specifically a thickening in your middle, is another sign of changing hormones. While a number of books and doctors claim that menopause has nothing to do with weight gain, it occurs in menopausal women because they’re older and their metabolism is slowing down, other studies indicate that hormone levels are tied to weight gain and redistribution of fat.
Changes in your diet and exercise can help rev up your body’s metabolic rate. Also trying natural alternative supplements may help.
In addition to a myriad of physical effects, emotional symptoms are a common feature of the menopausal transition. In fact, up to 50 percent of all perimenopausal women experience disturbances in mood, including irritability.
While several factors can contribute to irritability in our daily lives, hormonal fluctuations characteristic of menopause are often the prime cause of irritability and other negative emotional states during this major life transition.
Counteract Menopause Symptoms
1. Lifestyle Changes
This primary level of menopause treatment involves the least amount of risk, though conversely it requires the highest amount of self discipline. Many times some simple changes in lifestyle can reap huge benefits in fighting menopausal symptoms, and achieving a higher overall level of health.
Fundamentally, techniques for stress reduction, such as meditation, combined with regular exercise and an improved diet, can be a great natural menopause treatment. Diet in particular is key.
Studies have shown that diets rich in foods that promote estrogen levels (such as soy, apples, alfalfa, cherries, potatoes, rice, wheat and yams) are great menopause treatments. Download the FREE Manna Weight Loss e-book and follow the program to lose weight and to make diet changes which will be beneficial to your total health and wellbeing.
2. Alternative Medicine:
Alternative approaches involve little or no risk and can be an extremely effective way to treat all 34 menopause symptoms. This level of approach can involve several different therapies. Herbal supplements are the most prominent, like the Manna Menopause Support, packed with phyto-estrogens to increase hormone levels and counteract the symptoms.
NOTE: If you use the prescribed dosage of the Manna Menopause Support and you don’t get relief from the symptoms, increase the dosage to 4 and even 6 caplets per day, two with each meal.