Menopause is a natural part of a woman’s cycle. Tired of playing the guessing game wondering if you are entering menopause? Many women start to notice signs of menopause and some changes in their usual pattern. Some aren’t hard to miss, but many women go through menopause without any complications or unpleasant symptoms at all. By understanding the signs of menopause, you will be able to select the right treatment options as you navigate the many changes menopause brings.
The first signs of menopause will start when your estrogen levels change. Here are 4 signs of menopause to be on the watch for.
Your period may not be as regular as it was before—you may have heavier bleeding or occasionally spotting. Or, your period may be longer or shorter in duration.
Hot flashes are a common complaint from many women, and is one of theprimary symptoms of menopause. In fact, studies show that as many as 75% of women have hot flashes. A hot flash is a feeling of warmth that spreads throughout the body. They can last anywhere from 30 seconds to 10 minutes. The intensity can also vary, ranging from mild to strong—even causing you to wake up from sleep!
Pain with Intercourse
With the significant decrease of estrogen and progesterone production, the level of moisture can be affected. Other signs of menopause may include itching, stinging or burning around the vulva. This dryness can make intercourse painful.
Depression and Mood Swings
Your mental stability can be affected with all the changes in hormone production menopause brings. It’s common to experience mood swings in a short period of time and feelings of irritability and depression. These hormone highs and lows affect your brain which can trigger these emotions. Here are 4 ways you can boost your mood, build resilience and take control of your emotional health.
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Understanding the signs of menopause will help you get through the symptoms and choose the right treatments for your needs. Take charge of this new path in life’s journey by scheduling an appointment with My OBGyne, receive more information and understand the treatment options that are just right for you!