12 Symptoms That Indicate When Your Menopause Will Start

Menopause is probably one of the most frightening and nerve-wracking processes (although natural), and it affects the well-being of middle-aged women.

Over the years, the production of reproductive hormones has gradually decreased, causing menstruation to stop. This usually occurs in women between the ages of 50 and 55, but it is entirely possible that you will experience it at the age of 45 or 60.
Your gynecologist can say that if you have less than 12 months of menstruation and you are not pregnant or sick, you are already menopausal. The bad news is that most women have symptoms related to menopause years before the menstrual cycle finally ends. Each of us has its own characteristics, so if your sister has insomnia and urination problems during menopause, it does not mean that you will encounter the same problem. However, it is worth mentioning that these symptoms themselves or their combination may mean that menopause is coming:

Irregular menstruation

Your periods may become not so regular as usually. Skipping menses, having heavier or lighter menstrual bleeding may indicate hormonal changes, related to menopause.

Night sweats

It’s not uncommon that hot flashes happen at night, making you sweat profusely.

Frequent need to urinate

In menopause, the tissue that surrounds your vagina and urethra, lose their elasticity, and pelvic muscles weaken too. This may result in too frequent urge to urinate, even if the bladder is empty. Moreover, women in menopause are much more likely to get urinary tract infection, which can also cause urination problems.

Hot flashes

It’s maybe the most common symptom that occurs in women close to menopause. A sudden sense of heat usually starts in the upper body and then spread downwards. At the same time, skin becomes red and heart rate speeds up significantly.

Sleeplessness

Even if you work hard, it may be really difficult to fall asleep and sleep well during the whole night. Sometimes night sweats are the main culprits of insomnia in middle-aged women.

Dryness down there

A drop of estrogen may lead to v@ginal dryness and itching. Lack of lubrication can make intercourses really painful, reducing your sex drive.

Mood swings

Abrupt changes in mood may be a sign of hormonal fluctuations, occurred before menopause.

Headaches

Everyone experiences painful sensations in the head from time to time. Many women suffer from headaches because of fluctuations in sex hormones, related to menopause.

Thin skin

Lack of collagen and improper lubrication of the skin, which were found as frequent problems in menopausal women, can make your skin extremely dry and thin.

Increased waist size

When the amount of estrogen goes down, you may gain weight. It was found that women in menopause usually accumulate fat around the waist. Unfortunately, fatty tissue may also build up near internal organs, increasing risks for diabetes, heart disease, and other serious disorders.

Reduced breast fullness

Most age-related breast changes develop close to menopause when estrogen levels decline.

Depression

Emotional symptoms of menopause may be even more uncomfortable than a headache, hot flashes, night sweats, and other physical sensations.

Trouble concentrating

Can’t focus and remember things? It may be the first symptom of menopause!

 

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