Different women have varying degrees of menopause symptoms. Although for some menopause symptoms are relatively mild, others may find them disruptive, uncomfortable, and make it impossible to continue daily life. However, there are many different menopause treatments.
How Do I Know If I Am Experiencing Menopause?
Menopause usually occurs during your 40s or 50s, and culminates in a loss in menstruation and inability to become pregnant. Menopause signs and symptoms are common during and leading up to menopause. Estrogen and progesterone hormone levels are imbalanced, which is what causes many of the menopause symptoms.
Frequently Reported Menopause Symptoms
There are many common menopause symptoms. However, many don't recognize these signs and symptoms.
Rapidly changing moods, or mood swings, are a common symptom. Changing estrogen and progesterone hormones may leave cause feelings of emotional instability and occasionally depression. Changing moods can make many feel as though they are going on a rollercoaster of emotions. Severe mood swings can have a detrimental effect on personal relationships, among other things.
Loss of libido
Loss of libido is a symptom on its own, but can also be caused by vaginal dryness, another symptom of menopause. Vaginal dryness leads to lack of lubrication in the vagina, which causes painful intercourse. This can lead to loss of libido.
Hot flashes are one of the most frequently reported menopause symptoms. These are a hot sensation that leaves you red and blotchy. For some, hot flashes cause strong heart palpitations. Hot flashes can be embarrassing and leave the sufferer self-conscious and clammy.
Night sweats are a sign of menopause similar to hot flashes. They cause you to wake from your sleep feeling hot, flustered, and unhygienic. Those suffering from night sweats can be left feeling fatigued and stressed.
Treatment for Menopause Symptoms
If you are suffering from extreme menopause symptoms, they can often lessen their effects with lifestyle changes, such as a healthy diet and exercise routine. However, other menopausal women may require medications or herbal supplements. Click here to read about treatments of menopause symptoms.
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