Menopause is the time in a woman’s life when her menstrual periods stop. Since hormonal imbalance is involved, every woman experiences this phase differently. Signs of menopause and symptoms of menopause are different. Signs can be measured such as weight gain. Symptoms are subjective and the severity is only understood by the woman who feels them.
Some common symptoms are:
• Hot flashes may be the most common symptom. You feel a hot flush come over your whole body that may last a few seconds or several minutes. You may have an irresistible desire to fan yourself or get near an air conditioner.
• Irregular periods may be a common symptom as the menopause phase begins. Some months it comes early and others it comes very late.
• Night sweats are a result of your body trying to cool you down after a hot flash.
• Vaginal dryness may lead to irritation, which makes sex uncomfortable and may also lead to the loss of libido.
• Mood swings occur because of the fluctuating hormones. This may resemble the same mood swings that occur during menstruation.
• Fatigue is common and many women need to rest more often throughout the day.
• Urinary incontinence and leakage of urine may develop.
Signs of menopause are quantifiable. Some common signs are:
• Weight gain may occur around the waist and stomach area. The hormonal changes are the reason it becomes easier to gain weight.
• Hair loss is common during menopause. You may see more hair in your comb or brush as your hair loses volume and thickness.
• Follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) reaches higher levels during menopause. This can be measured through blood tests given by our specialist.
When this life phase begins, the signs and symptoms may resemble other conditions including thyroid disorders and polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). If you think you are too young for menopause, you can be tested for other conditions to rule them out.
Menopause is part of the natural process of life and need not disturb your lifestyle. Some women feel a surge of energy after their periods stop and go on to accomplish amazing things. There is no reason to suffer through any debilitating signs and symptoms of menopause. Our specialist may help alleviate the symptoms and treat the signs.