Early Symptoms Of Menopause

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  • You are in menopause if you have not had a period for 12 months
  • You may experience symptoms that hint your ovaries are gradually starting to make less estrogen
  • See your doctor if you experience heavy bleeding, have periods lasting more than a week, and your period suddenly resumes after not bleeding more than one year

Menopause marks the end of a woman’s menstrual cycles. You are in menopause if you have not had a period for 12 months. Months or years before this happens, you can experience symptoms that hint your ovaries are gradually starting to make less estrogen.

This period is known as the perimenopause. The signs and symptoms may vary but the following are some of the changes you may notice:

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Irregular Periods

Periods may become light, heavier or more sporadic in the period leading to menopause and this can last for several years. Your menstruation may no longer be regular, and may be shorter or longer. While these are normal changes during perimenopause, women are urged to see their doctor to make sure there is no problem. See your doctor if you experience heavy bleeding, have periods lasting more than a week, and your period suddenly resumes after not bleeding more than one year.

Hot Flashes and Night Sweats

Hot flashes can make your body uncomfortably warm. You perspire and feel like your heart is racing. You may even wake up hot and sweaty in the middle of the night despite being in a cool room. Hot flashes usually last between 30 seconds and 10 minutes. Their frequency also varies. They may occur several times an hour, a few times a day, or even just once or twice a week.

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Loss Of Libido

Vaginal dryness caused by loss of elasticity and decreased moisture production may occur and this can cause discomfort and slight bleeding during intimate contact. The hormonal changes your body experiences may lead to a loss of interest in intimacy.

Mood Swings

Hormonal changes can intensify your moods, worsening symptoms of anxiety or depression. Insomnia and other sleep problems that may occur during perimenopause can worsen mood swings. Exercising, having a well-balanced diet, and adopting a healthy lifestyle can make you feel positive.