Every woman will go through the menopause when she gets older, and while every woman’s experience with the menopause will be unique, there are certain symptoms that are commonly related to this transitional period. Continue reading to learn about five symptoms to look out for as your body begins to enter the menopausal stage of life.
Oestrogen, which affects your vaginal lining, will decrease during the menopause. This can cause your vagina to become dry and irritated, and you may experience painful intercourse as a result. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is a popular solution to this problem because it can help thwart these symptoms and keep you comfortable and feeling more like yourself, so talk to your doctor about taking either HRT or herbal alternatives to reduce the symptoms of menopause.
Changes in Your Menstrual Cycle
Another symptom of your hormonal balance shifting is the change that will occur to your otherwise normal menstrual cycle. Your periods will not stop immediately; instead, you will notice that your periods become irregular, that they start to become shorter or longer in length, and that you experience spotting in between your periods. Gradually, your periods will become less frequent until they stop altogether.
Hot flushes are a common, and annoying, symptom that women experience during the menopause. This typically causes you to feel hot inside, and it can result in sweating and even wake you up in the middle of the night. Certain triggers, such as stress, spicy foods, and a change in room temperature, can cause a hot flush to occur. As mentioned above, HRT may help prevent hot flushes and keep your body in a state of balance as you progress through the menopause.
Irritability and Mood Swings
As your hormone levels decrease, your brain function can also be affected, and that could result in mood swings and irritability during the menopause. Some women may even experience depression or a low mood or anxiety. These symptoms might be similar to what you would experience during PMS (pre-menstrual syndrome), or they may be new or more intense than what you have experienced before.
Joint Pain and Muscle Pain
Joint and muscle pain is also common during the menopause, with studies showing that about half of post-menopausal women will deal with joint pain. This pain is usually felt around the neck and shoulders, as well as the hands and elbows. Again, fluctuating hormones will affect the body and, in this case, they can affect how the joints and muscles behave, so you might have muscle pain or stiffness as well. Talk to your doctor about these symptoms if they occur, and consider changing your diet, reducing your sugar intake, and increasing your vitamin C intake to help reduce the pain.
These are five of the many symptoms that are associated with the menopause. If you have any questions, always talk to your doctor about the changes that your body is going through, as well as the remedies that are available to make those changes more bearable.