Every woman cringes when they hear the word menopause and are on the cusp of the prime age for this health episode to happen to them. When they start feeling the symptoms of menopause, women are ready to take it on and succeed with the help of their doctors. But what are some signs of menopause to look for and start preparing?
Having an understanding of the signs to look for helps you prepare and be aware of your body and its changes. The power is in your hand to get a grasp of menopause and not let it conquer your life.
Stages of Menopause
What are the first symptoms of menopause? In the years leading up to menopause, you may experience symptoms that will progress and drive to your body transitioning to another phase of life. Menopause begins when your ovaries cease to produce monthly eggs for menstruation.
The ovaries no longer produce hormones like estrogen and testosterone. Natural menopause occurs sometime after the age of 40 but can be caused sooner due to surgical removal of the ovaries with a hysterectomy procedure, and this is called premature menopause.
Menopause doesn’t happen overnight, symptoms of it occur over time. The beginning several years before is when the ovaries gradually make less estrogen. This stage and it’s symptoms last until menopause begins and your body stops producing eggs. Some women experience mood swings, sleep disturbances, and vaginal dryness.
Women reach this stage at an average age of 51, with the general range of 40 through 58. The main event occurs at about one year after a woman has had their last period. The ovaries essentially “retire” from making estrogen and eggs. All of the main signs and symptoms happen during this stage.
At this stage, a woman is happy to be out of the turmoil. Most symptoms like hot flashes ease up for many women in years following menopause. It’s still important to consult your doctor about your health and what you can do to make up for the lack of estrogen now that you’re at more significant risks for osteoporosis, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, cataracts and more.
Symptoms of Menopause
Many women are wary of this condition but don’t know what is in store for them once the menopause begins.
Here is what to expect when menopause comes:
- Hot flashes and Night Sweats
- Insomnia and Fatigue
- Mood swings and Depression
- Brain fog and Memory Issues
- Vaginal Dryness or Vaginal Atrophy
- Aches and Pains
- Bladder and Incontinence Issues
- Changes with Intimacy
- Headaches and Migraines
- Irregular Cycle and Periods
If you are a smoker, it is known you begin to experience these signs almost two years before the average woman does. It is a good idea to reconsider your habit to avoid experiencing menopause before needed.
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