Signs of Menopause

All women eventually experience menopause, usually between the ages of 45 to 55. The complete cessation of a woman’s periods is called menopause. This can be natural or medically induced due to surgery. During menopause, there are several hormonal changes to a woman’s body. There are several mental and emotional signs of menopause, including severe mood changes, bad temper and depression along with various physical changes. Women become oversensitive and seem to cry at the slightest provocation. They feel left out and lonely for no real reason, other than hormone imbalance.

Women experience a decrease in bone density with the onset of menopause. Calcium absorption of the body reduces. Repeated fractures and brittle nails can be a result of a decrease in bone density experienced in menopause. Women must therefore supplement their diet with dairy products, calcium, vitamin D and various other products know to help. Reduction of the intake of tea and coffee, which are acidic, can also help.

Dry skin is another sign of menopause. It is partly due to aging and past exposure to the sun. A generous use of moisturizers can solve this problem.

A woman can experience sudden hot flashes and break out in night sweats. At night, hot flashes can disrupt sleep resulting in restlessness. These hot flashes, or flushes, are caused by a restriction of blood vessels. This can also result in menopausal women feel tired and fatigued all the time.

Urinary incontinence is also a sign of menopause. Because of changes in hormones, the tissues of the body of a menopausal woman lose their elasticity causing loss of control over the bladder. Decreased levels of estrogen can result in menopausal women experiencing vaginal dryness and loss of interest in sexual desire, or libido.

After the age of 50, a woman should have her cholesterol levels checked regularly. Increased cholesterol level can be a sign of menopause. High cholesterol levels have been linked to various health problems like heart disease, so it is critical to eat right and take any medicine necessary to keep cholesterol in check.

A sign often mentioned in humor, some menopausal women have trouble remembering things. Did I say that some menopausal women have trouble remembering things?

Many women experience migraine headaches. These can be severe and strike women that never had an problem with migraines before.

Knowing these signs of menopause can help women, and the people they live with prepare for the mental, emotional, and physical changes. Living with a menopausal woman can be challenging and the more information, the more we will be able to cope with this natural phenomenon.

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