A woman might experience menopause symptoms for years before she is actually “in menopause”, which is when she has not had a menstrual period for a full year.
The signs of menopause vary from woman to woman. Some women only experience mild symptoms of menopause and are not particularly bothered by them. Other women seem to have all of the different menopause symptoms and search for relief.
1. Hot flashes, night sweats and insomnia are some of the first signs of menopause that women usually notice. Hot flashes might happen at any time of the day. They are described by most women as a warm sensation that begins in the chest or around the breasts and then spreads up the back of the neck.
Beads of sweat sometimes pop out on the forehead and some women experience red blotches on their skin. Hot flashes are caused by changing estrogen and otherhormonal levels.
2. Night sweats are hot flashes that occur at night and might disturb sleeping, leading to insomnia. Women sometimes wake up covered in sweat, with pillows and other bedding wet. Getting up, cooling off and coming back to bed, only to find that now the bed is too cold, chilled from the dampness.
Anything that will relieve these primeval symptoms is welcome and most women try a number of different herbal and natural products before they find something that works.
Some women resort to hormone replacement therapy, which was once thought to be safe, but is now believed to be associated with serious health problems in post-menopausal women, including heart disease, breast cancer, blood clots and stroke.
3. Other menopause symptoms include mood swings, fatigue, depression, irritability, racing heart, headaches, joint and muscle aches and pains, vaginal dryness, decreased or increased sex drive and bladder control problems.
Women who experience migraines during their teenage years, might seem them return before or during menopause.
Of all the different symptoms that a woman might experience, the only one that physicians fully comprehend is cessation of menstrual periods. When the ovaries stop producing eggs and a woman is no longer fertile, then menstrual periods stop and this, by definition is menopause.
Good nutrition is important at all times during a woman’s life, but is particularly important at this time of her life. Not only to decrease menopause symptoms, but to decrease the risk of post-menopausal health problems, such as osteoporosis, arthritis and heart disease.
If you are over 40 and you are beginning to see some or all of the menopause symptoms described above, take a deep breath and relax. There is help. You do not have to suffer from the symptoms of menopause for ten years like your mom did.
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