When a woman goes through menopause, it’s a mood and body altering experience. The body loses needed hormones and the mind functions off various chemicals differently than it should. There are 34 well defined signs of menopause that are typically the pinnacle of menopause symptoms. Not everyone going through this change will have all the symptoms, some may pass through without any, but the majority will have at least a few out of this list. Intensity and length of the symptoms will always vary from woman to woman, and even from within the same women depending on where she is in the stages of menopause. These are the five top signs of menopause.
Mood swings – One of the classic signs of menopause is mood swings. Many women undergo sudden mood swings as one of the initial menopause symptoms. Mood swings, according to experts, are caused due to hormonal imbalance. It is important to note that hormones are thrown off balance, causing chemical reactions in the body, which results in the mood swings, irritability, nervousness, anger, or in the worst case, depression.
Hot Flashes, Cold Flashes – The body may flush red in the face and chest, or it may just be an overwhelming sense of heat. Conversely, the body may feel stone cold and you may shiver. Some will alternate between the two as the body is unable to correct its sense of temperature. These two symptoms are said to be felt by 75% of everyone who goes through menopause.
Night Sweats – Night sweats can best be defined like having hot flashes at night. The body will sweat and feel extremely warm. You may have nightmares from the sleep disturbance. If nothing else the lack of sleep will manifest to fatigue and higher stress levels. Night sweats can have a lasting effect on you just for the sleep disturbance factor alone.
Menstrual Irregularities – There doesn’t have to be a complete stop of menses all at once, they may become more frequent first, or more sporadic. There may be spotting or other irregularities to the woman. There may be more cramping than normal while your body’s hormones are lessening.
Loss of Sex Drive – The flux of hormones in the body also can trigger a loss of a women’s libido. This also has to do with the one other symptom of menopause, the vaginal dryness. The vaginal dryness can make any sexual penetration uncomfortable and the shift of hormones may make you lose your want of sex for a time period.
Those five symptoms of menopause are the ones that are said to be the most irritating to women. While some of these many get relief through natural remedies for menopause or through hormone replacement therapy, there are those that will just deal with them without any remedy at all. Some women may even be experiencing these while continuing to have their periods and will be unaware that they may be in early stages of menopause. If ever in doubt, check with Obgyne Consultants.