Women’s Health: Symptoms of Menopause

Menopause is the end of a woman’s menstrual cycle and fertility. It happens when the ovaries no longer make estrogen and progesterone, two hormones needed for a woman’s fertility, and periods have stopped for 1 year.

Menopause is not a disease; it is just another stage of woman’s life which one day inevitably will become a reality for every woman. Very often word menopause is loaded with negative emotions, but you are the one who can change a negative attitude to a positive one! More you know about menopause and its symptoms – more prepared you will be for the changes your body will go through.

Common symptoms during menopause:

  1. Hot Flashes – one of the most common symptoms of menopause. Hot flashes can be described as a sudden feeling of heat in the upper body. They usually lasts between 30 seconds and 10 minutes.
    Signs of hot flashes– sudden, strong feeling of heat, irregular heartbeat, flashing, perspiration, cold chills, sleep interruption. Other symptoms may include nausea, dizziness, anxiety, and headaches.
  2. Night Sweats are similar to hot flashes that can disturb woman in menopause during sleeping hours. Symptoms of night sweats: sudden and intense heat, irregular heartbeat, flashing, chills and headache. The intensity of nighttime sweating can vary from mild to severe perspiration. Very often night sweats can disrupt sleep cycle and lead to sleep disorders.
  3. Loss of Libido – is a very common symptom during menopause, which affects around 20 to 40% of woman. Loss of libido mainly characterized by a lack of interest or desire for sexual activity. Sexual desires come rarely, and might completely disappear from woman’s life.
  4. Vaginal Dryness. Decreasing level of estrogen can cause changes in the moisture levels in the body, including a vaginal area. Symptoms of vaginal dryness: itching, painful intercourse, burning and irritation, general discomfort, stinging, urinary frequency, pressure.
  5. Mood Swings. Around 50% of woman experience drastic shifts in their emotional state during menopause. Hormonal transition is responsible for extreme or sudden mood changes. Symptoms may include: sadness, depression, lack of motivation, extreme moods, irritability, aggression, decreased patience, increased stress, anxiety, nervousness, melancholy.
  6. Fatigue is another very common indicator of menopause that reportedly affects about 80% of woman. Fatigue can be described as the lack of energy and motivation, physical and mental exhaustion. Signs of fatigue: poor concentration, sensitivity to light, headaches, insomnia, depression.
  7. Sleep disorders. Declining level of estrogen and progesterone lead to interruption of the sleep cycle. Usual symptoms include: needing more than 30 minutes to fall asleep; awakening several times; snoring loudly, choking, gasping; sleepwalking or talking during sleep; feeling of paralysis upon awakening.
  8. Weight Gain. This symptom affects almost 90% of woman between the ages of 45 to 55. During this time women gain on average between 12 to 15 pounds. Signs of weight gain associated with menopause: increase in body fat percentage, fat accumulation around the abdomen, difficulty maintaining usual weight, steady weight gain, slower metabolism, change in body shape (pear to apple).

Modern medicine offers solutions to reduce all discomfort associated with menopause. You don’t have to live in expectation of Great Menopause, which will destroy your life. Your body does go through a lot of changes, but if your mind is prepared – you can deal with it!
However, you definitely should see a doctor if your menopause symptoms causing problems or bringing havoc and panic in your everyday life. Our practitioners at Mandala Integrative Medicine are ready to help you to relieve your symptoms and change your outlook on menopause to a positive one.  Please contact our office for more information.

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