Entering menopause is a natural process that every woman experiences it, but the signs that announce the end of reproductive life are not always the same.
Normally, symptoms of menopause begins after age 45 years (there are cases when they start even earlier), advancing as the reproductive capacity of the body is nearing completion.Perimenopause is the name of the period in which hormonal disorders give rise to the first signs announcing menopause. It can take on average two years, until a woman ceases to have menstruation. In majority cases, the symptoms cease with menopause. However, there are situations when some of them continue to manifest in postmenopausal women.
The most common symptoms of menopause start
Hot flashes are sudden and transient sensations of heat that cover the entire body , causing visible skin redness , especially in the upper body and face . They can be high or low intensity , from mild hot flashes , flushes perceived to heat waves throughout the body.
Hot flashes occur before menopause , is a reaction of the organism to low estrogen reserves . Although not all women experience hot flashes, they occur in about 50 % of cases. Hot flashes are felt more strongly when the ovaries stop producing estrogen steep and not gradually , as is the case of mild hot flashes .
Also known as sleep hyperhidrosis , night sweats hot flashes are the result of intense fires during the night. They can be mild or intense, can be caused by hormonal imbalances associated with other environmental factors (such as an overheated bedroom , intensely spicy diet).
When night sweats are severe , they can interrupt sleep and I can lower the quality . This means that women affected by them may be irritable and more stressed in daily life . Important to remember is that sleep hyperhidrosis may be caused by an undiagnosed medical condition , not just the period before menopause.
In perimenopause , menstrual periods may become irregular because of hormonal imbalances leading up to menopause. Bleeding can be mild or heavy and can take more or less than usual.
Spotting or absent menstrual periods are common symptoms for months announcing near menopause. They usually appear after age 40, the levels of estrogen and progesterone amid steadily falling .
Loss of libido
Women about to enter menopause notice a sudden decrease in sex drive , usually amid deficiency in male hormones (androgens ) . Loss of libido can be caused by other symptoms experienced in perimenopause , such as vaginal dryness and depression . Lack of desire for privacy should not be confused , however, with the loss of ability to function normally sexually .
This problem occurs when the tissue of the vagina loses natural lubrication , maintenance become irritated after intercourse . When estrogen levels drop during perimenopause , vaginal tissue becomes drier, thinner and less elastic . Lack lubirifierii lead to increased discomfort experienced during intimate contact , occurring vaginal itching ( itching ) , rash and high susceptibility to infection.
An extreme form of vaginal dryness is atrophy , when the vagina becomes smaller in diameter and length. This symptom may occur due to a sudden decrease in estrogen levels generally after menopause .
Menopausal mood swings are surprisingly common, but rarely are due this natural transformation of the female body . Woman suffering from this problem feels like a mountain coaster of emotions now feels excellent in five becomes angry or apathetic .
As each woman is different , mood changes and they are manifested in particular, the case can be mild or intense , frequent or rare etc . All produce hormonal imbalances because when estrogen decreases reserves , production neurotransmitter that regulates mood states diminishes too.
Menopause and fatigue characteristic is exactly persistent and recurrent states of body weakness and limited energy reserves . This symptom can be accompanied by apathy, irritability and poor concentration ability , so it can prevent a woman to continue their normal activities .
Fatigue occurs in perimenopause and menopause , as many hormones , especially estrogen , regulate cellular energy use . When hormonal imbalances occur , the body undergoes changes in how they use energy.
Women approaching menopause often complain of lapses , difficulty retaining information and inability to concentrate . Symptom association shall appear by low levels of estrogen and high levels of stress .
Gaining extra pounds , especially around the waist , can be a sign of hormonal transformations brought about by menopause. The changes in hormone levels can influence body weight and body fat distribution . For example , less estrogen circulating in the body cause the body to retain more fat cells as an alternative source of estrogen compounds .
Also, low testosterone leads to a slow metabolic rate , which means they will be burned more calories from food consumed. Therefore , women who continue to eat as before in perimenopause and menopause , have a good chance of gaining weight .
When feelings of sadness persist for long periods of time , they are considered normal , but symptoms of depression , another possible sign of menopause. Hormonal disorders caused by menopause also affects mental balance , the increased level of anxiety to depressive episodes .