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Common Symptoms of Menopause

Do you have frequent mood swings lately? Or are you experiencing hot flashes? If yes, then there’s a good possibility that you are entering the period of menopause. All women, sometime in their life, will experience menopause. Nobody is exempted from this fact; the same as every woman has menstruation.

There are many symptoms of menopause, and no symptoms are the same for all women. Some do not even feel any signs except for the fact that they have stopped menstruating. The menopause symptoms that you might be going through may not be experienced by your best friend who’s going through menopause as well. An effective way to know for sure that you are indeed experiencing the end of your menstrual cycle is if you haven’t had your period for the last 12 months.

There are other symptoms which may include some of the following:

Psychological Menopause Symptoms

Mood swings, irritability, anxieties, depression, and memory loss are only some of the psychological menopause symptoms that have been experienced by women. However, some scientific studies do not blame all these on menopause. Situations like divorce, aging, children moving out of the house, retirement from work, all happen around the same time that menopause does. Sleep problems are associated with menopause and may also be a cause for some of these psychological menopause symptoms.

Hot Flushes

Hot flushes are a common symptom of menopause. Women who have this symptom usually feel heat on their face or chest, cold sweats, flushing, and a clammy feeling. Hot flushes may occur as early as four years before the actual end of menstruation and can last for a few years after it.

Sleeping Problems

Several sleep problems, like insomnia, are experienced by some women during menopause. Others also wake up during the night and find it difficult to go back to sleep.

Sex-Related Problems

Sex-related menopause symptoms have been the focus of arguments for several years. Loss of estrogen does not necessarily mean that women lose interest in sexual intercourse. However, due to vaginal dryness brought about by menopause, sexual intercourse for women is painful. There are lubricants available to help lessen this problem.

Urinary Problems

During menopause, women are more prone to involuntarily urine discharge, especially if urinary infections are present. Laughing, sneezing, coughing, stretching and other physical movements may put pressure on the bladder causing the urine to leak.

Undergoing the menopausal stage may not be easy to handle. Aside from the physical problems you are going to encounter, it might also, in some cases, affect your emotional and social well-being. Menopause is already part of every woman’s life. You just need to accept and live with it. Anyway, life doesn’t stop after menopause.

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