Menopause is a natural biological process in a woman’s life which usually occurs at 45 to 55 years of age. According to medicine, menopause is defined when a woman doesn’t menstruate anymore and are at the end of their reproductive cycle. Menopause is not a disease and women remain healthy, can be sexually active, and have plenty of vitality.
Some women live this transition as a relief, but even though this is a perfectly natural change in a woman’s life, many women experience it negatively, because of the physical and psychological challenges caused by the transition towards the full onset of menopause.
This perimenopause phase – wrongly called “pre-menopause”, last between 2 to 7 years, and is marked with the slow drop of hormones, irregular menstruations and other side effects such as hot flushes, irritability, mood swings, a decrease in libido and weight gain…
These disturbances can be very uncomfortable and may have an impact on the quality of sleep, leading to fatigue.
5 symptoms you may experience during perimenopause or menopause
Most symptoms of perimenopause and menopause are associated with hormonal changes. Here is the list of the 5 top symptoms you may experience.
1- Hot flushes is one of the most common complaints. Women often feel waves of heat in their body and face, called hot flushes, which can last from 30 seconds to two minutes. It can be with reddening of the skin, shivering or sweating. Hot flushes May appear suddenly but in some cases, the woman can feel it coming. They usually stop after approximately two years after the start of menopause. Hot flushes are connected to the sudden surge of adrenaline.
2- Mood swings are emotional changes many women experience during this period. At times they can be associated with irritation, sadness, and depression. There are a number of causes for mood swings but they are often connected with the fluctuation of hormones.
3- Weight gain is also directly linked to hormonal changes when an oestrogen level starts dropping. A woman usually gain weight around hips, thighs, and abdomen.
4- Loss of libido hormonal variations may have a direct impact on the sexual drive. The loss of estrogens is directly connected with libido. During this phase, a woman may find that she has less sexual desires as she feels less aroused. The hormone drops also have an impact lubrication of the vagina. Vaginal dryness can also cause painful intercourse, which drives the woman away even further. Hormones are not the only fact that could lead to loss of libido, as lack of sleep, stress or Hormone Replacement Therapy could have such side effects too.
5- Difficulties to sleep – are often connected to the discomfort associated with hot flushes which prevent the woman from sleeping. Anxiety, nervousness or a state of depression (20% of women) could play an important role in preventing you from falling asleep. The source of these being the hormonal changes, some other factors such as a social transition happening in the woman life, could bring worries to her mind and affect her sleep. Leaving the working scene to retire, or having your children leaving the house to study or get married, brings a huge change and requires some adapting.
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