Don't feel upset about menopause. Each woman reaches this stage of her life, when something gets changed.
As you get older, your ovaries decrease production of the hormones estrogen and progesterone gradually. Menopause occurs when these hormones are not produced at all. Your doctor can say that you've reached menopause if you haven't had a period for the last 12 months without experiencing any health problems.
The average American woman experiences menopause between her 45 and 55 years old. In the majority of cases women notice changes before their ovaries stop releasing eggs completely. This period is called peri-menopause and is linked with the decline of estrogen and progesterone.
Symptoms of menopause differ from woman to woman. However the most frequent signs of sex hormone reduction include:
#1. Hot flashes – a sense of heat, which starts in the face and spreads over the body, is the most common symptom of menopause. Hot flashes are accompanied by skin redness, increased heartbeat and intensive sweating. This condition usually lasts from 30 to 60 seconds and can recur during the day.
#2. Irregular periods – another frequent sign of menopause is irregularity of menstruation. Your cycle may become shorter or longer. As menopause develops, you may also experience heavy or scanty menstrual bleeding.
#3. Sleeping disorders – women often complain of difficulties falling asleep and low quality of sleep during menopause.
#4. Vaginal dryness – low levels of sex hormones lead to poor moisturization of the vagina and painful intercourse as well.
#5. Mood swings – hormonal alterations affect the emotional state of women; leading to irritability, tearfulness, depression and mood swings.
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#6. Frequent need to urinate – the permanent urge to urinate (even with an empty bladder) or uncomfortable urination are closely connected with a decreased elasticity of vaginal and urethral tissues during menopause.
#7. Low sex drive – loss of sexual interest is a consequence of the dropped estrogen level. It's worth saying that on the contrary some women notice a boost in libido over the years.
#8. Weight gain – it was found that women in menopause are more likely to accumulate fat on their waistline. This predisposition to weight gain is also associated with a lack of estrogen.
#9. Night sweats – hot flashes can occur at nighttime, leading to sleep disturbance.
#10. Hair loss – as your estrogen levels reduce, your hair becomes dull, brittle and more likely to come out.
#11. Urinary tract infection – women in menopause become more susceptible to cystitis and other urinary tract infections as a consequence of hormonal imbalance. Symptoms of UTI include an increased urge to urinate, pain, itching and burning during urination.
#12. Cognitive dysfunction – some women notice problems with short-term memory and concentration when they go through menopause.
#13. Bone fragility – reduced estrogen levels affect bone density. As a result, your chances of osteoporosis and fractures increase extremely.
#14. Thin skin – your skin loses collagen and fatty tissue over the years. Hormonal changes, associated with menopause, make your skin thinner and drier.
#15. Palpitations – when you stop your periods, you may experience heart palpitations and a fluttering feeling in the chest and neck, which lasts just a few minutes in the majority of cases.
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