What are the Symptoms of Menopause?

As someone who has experienced it first hand, I can tell you right now that it’s very important for you to learn the symptoms of menopause so it will be easier for you to cope with the physical and emotional changes that will take place. Most women in their mid-40s will begin to experience symptoms, such as:

hot flashes or sweats brought about by menopauseHot Flashes

Studies show that hot flashes are some of the most common symptoms of menopause. In my case I was feeling a certain kind of warmth in my upper body and face. The intensity varies however. Sometimes I only felt a bit of warmth and on other occasions my upper body felt so hot I thought I had fever. Anyway, these hot flashes are due to the reduced amount of the hormone estrogen in the body, something that happens when women approach menopause.

Sweating During Nighttime

Night sweats are actually hot flashes that happen at night while you’re sleeping, and it is accompanied by a lot of sweating. I actually thought I developed a sleep disorder but actually it’s a condition that affects menopausal women when they sleep. My night sweats were quite mild, but others can be subject to more intense sweating and the entire experience can be extremely unpleasant.

Irregular Menstruation

After my 46th birthday, I noticed that my periods were becoming irregular, and I learned that this is normal since that is the time when menopause slowly begins to set in. As one of the most common symptoms of menopause you need to understand that this is a natural occurrence. My periods became infrequent and flow would become lighter or heavier than what I was used to. Spotting –bleeding in-between your periods- can happen too.

Frequent Mood Swings

This was one of the most difficult aspects of menopause that I had to deal with, and it’s something you will probably have to go through as well. The best way to describe these “emotions” if you will, is that it is an emotional roller coaster, one moment you’ll feel irritated and the next you’ll feel in the mood for dancing. The frequency of these mood swings varies from woman to woman, and unfortunately for me they were sudden and intense. Just like other symptoms of menopause, these mood swings are due to hormonal imbalances brought about by a drop in your estrogen level.

Tiredness

Actually it isn’t just a feeling that you are tired, but it’s more like fatigue. In my case, I felt the energy level in my body drop, and I always felt worn out and weak even in the morning. I didn’t feel sleepy or drowsy, just tired, and doing even the most basic tasks seemed to require a lot of effort.

Because there are many symptoms of menopause and they can be quite a challenge, dealing with them can become quite frustrating. But by making adjustments to your daily schedule and having the support of your loved ones, you can overcome these difficulties for sure.

Comments

  1. Julia Richards says:

    I’ve just started experiencing the first signs of menopause and I can’t believe how much it is impacting my life. My husband think I’m moodier than ever and we seem to be constantly fighting. I’m worried that he’ll leave me and I’m desperately hoping that things will get better.

    Your blog helped me and now I just need to convince myself that this will end.

    Julia Richards

    • Margaret Dupuiss says:

      Julia I completely understand your frustration and desperation and trust me when I tell you that it will get better. It may not seem like it just now but it will pass and sooner than you think. If your husband loves you as much as I’m sure he does then he’ll stand by you. The best advice I can give you when dealing him though is to talk.

      Men are pretty dumb as we both now, right? :) If you’re just waiting him for him to figure it out you’ll be waiting for a long time. Just sit him down in a gentle, non-confrontational situation, and talk.

      You’ll be pleasantly surprised I’m sure and those fears of him leaving will be gone from your mind.

      Good luck with everything and if you ever need to vent again feel free to post here.

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