Signs That Let You Know Menopause Is Near

Introduction:Many woman find themselves asking "How will I know menopause strikes?" Other than the obvious age factor there are many signs of menopause that let a woman know menopause is making its big debut. Although technically, menopause does not occur until one year after the last menstrual period (average age 51), many women refer to the symptoms that lead up to menopause (perimenopause) as the beginning of menopause.

  • 01

    Hot Flashes and Night Sweats

    One of the first symptoms of menopause is hot flashes and night sweats. Hot flashes and night sweats are thought to be caused by result of changes in the hypothalamus,the part of the brain responsible for regulating body temperate. Hot flashes may occur multiple times a day causing discomfort and anxiety. Night sweats interfere with sleep and may cause you to wake several times a night drenched in sweat.

  • 02

    Insomnia

    Night sweats and anxiety may interfere with the ability to go to sleep or stay asleep causing many menopausal women to suffer from insomnia.

  • 03

    Mood Swings

    Moods swings are common in woman approaching menopause. Similar to the varying moods of those who suffer from PMS, the menopausal woman may not be aware of the severity of her mood swings or feel helpless to control them.

  • 04

    Irregular Periods

    In the months or years leading up to menopause, periods become irregular. Timing may suddenly change, often skipping one or more months and then returning. Flow may increase.

  • 05

    Lowered Libido and Vaginal Dryness

    When women enter menopause their interest in sex may decrease. Intercourse may be uncomfortable due to vaginal dryness or she may simply be self-conscious of the changes in her breasts as they lose fullness and about the added abdominal fat that typically occurs.




Final Thoughts

Most women know menopause is near when the first hot flash hits, but others may be unaware until menstruation ceases. The severity of menopause symptoms varies. Some choose hormone replacement therapy to alleviate troublesome symptoms of menopause while others adapt to the changes without medical or herbal intervention.


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