If you are a woman approaching the middle of life, hormonal changes are going to kick in and the menopause process is going to start. The good news is that you do not have to suffer tremendously from the symptoms of this change. With the right support and help from your doctor and some lifestyle changes, you can get through the process with dignity and grace.
Symptoms of menopause will begin when a woman's estrogen levels start changing. The first symptoms many women notice include:
- Hot flashes
- Mood swings
- Mental fogginess
As the process progresses, women will experience additional menopause symptoms, including:
- Problems with sex
- Vaginal dryness
- Low libido
- Worsening PMS
- Irregular periods
- Depression, sadness or anxiety
- Sudden or frequent urinating
- Higher risk for bone loss and fractures
- Higher risk of heart disease
The symptoms of menopause occur due to the changing hormones the woman experiences. As the hormone levels begin to stabilize, and estrogen levels stay consistently low, many symptoms will decrease, and many will disappear altogether. Some, such as a higher risk of heart disease or bone loss, remain a constant through middle age and beyond, as a woman's body adjusts to her new hormone levels. Understanding these symptoms will help you choose the right treatment options as you navigate the changes menopause brings.