Signs of Menopause

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    The signs of menopause indicate that a woman in entering a new stage in life. Menopause marks the end of ovulation. It is when a woman's monthly cycle has stopped for one year. After menopause, estrogen and progesterone levels are much lower. The signs of menopause vary from woman to woman. Some signs of menopause affect the mind. Other signs of menopause affect the body. Women who face severe menopausal symptoms may seek products to make themselves more comfortable.

Psychological Signs of Menopause
    Hormones play a significant role in how a person feels. Lower estrogen and progesterone levels in a postmenopausal woman can affect her mood. She may also feel upset over the physiological changes that she experiences during menopause. These factors combine to create the psychological signs of menopause. Menopause may cause a woman to feel nervous, tense, or irritable. Menopause leads to mood swings in some women. Memory loss and difficulty focusing can accompany menopause. A postmenopausal woman may lose interest in sex. Insomnia may be another sign of menopause.

Physical Signs of Menopause
    The physiological signs of menopause involve many systems in the body. Hot flashes are a common sign of menopause. Biologists believe that hot flashes occur because declining estrogen levels affect the part of the brain that regulates body temperature. When hot flashes happen at night, they are night sweats. Cold hands and feet can make postmenopausal women uncomfortable. Some postmenopausal women suffer from occasional dizziness, rapid heartbeats, or a prickly sensation on the skin. The digestive system may be disturbed by menopause leading to constipation or diarrhea. Weight gain, especially around the abdomen, is a possible sign of menopause. Menopause can make a woman feel tired or fatigued. Women may lose hair on their head or grow hair on their face when they reach menopause.

    Many of the signs of menopause affect a woman's reproductive system. Her periods may be irregular during the years leading up to menopause. The vagina can become dry, and the lining of the vagina and vulva can get thinner. Changes during menopause can make intercourse difficult or painful. Reproductive organs may shrink when a woman reaches menopause. These changes in the reproductive system are a result of lower estrogen and progesterone levels.

    Menopause is a time of change in a woman's life. The average age for the onset of menopause is 51, but it varies from woman to woman. Some of the changes that accompany menopause, such as lower bone density, are difficult to detect. Other changes are more apparent. A woman may experience psychological signs of menopause such as depression or nervousness. The physiologica l signs of menopause can affect many systems. Hot flashes are a commonly reported sign of menopause. Many of the signs of menopause affect a woman's reproductive system. Learning about this transition ahead of time can make it easier to face the signs of menopause.

Signs of Menopause
Psychological : Nervousness, Mood Swings, Tension, Irritability, Memory Loss, Difficulty Focusing, Insomnia, Loss of Sex Drive

Physiological:     Hot Flashes, Cold Hands and Feet, Dizziness, Rapid Heartbeat, A Prickly Sensation on the Skin, Constipation, Diarrhea, Weight Gain, Fatigue, Hair Loss on the Head, Hair Growth on the Face, Pain or Difficulty during Intercourse, Vaginal Dryness, Thinning Lining of the Vagina and Vulva, Shrinking Reproductive Organs

References:
1. Menopause. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
http://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Patients/Health-Conditions/Menopause.aspx
2. Menopause. University of Maryland Medical Center.
http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/menopause-000107.htm
3. Menopause. Medline Plus. National Institute of Health.
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/menopause.html
4.  MenopauseRX.com

 

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