Menopause, what is it? What are the symptoms? What treatments are effective? Hormone replacement therapy – synthetic or natural? Etc.
These are all questions facing the 40 million women of the “Baby Boom” generation who are heading into this time of their life.
Menopause symptoms and menopause itself usually occurs between the ages of 40 and 55 years and the whole process usually takes from two to five years. It is a time of transition and readjustment for a woman, ending her reproductive years and beginning a new phase of life.
The term menopause comes from two Greek words that mean “month” and “to end.” This translates as “the end of the monthlies.” The medical definition of menopause is the absence of menstruation for 12 months.
Menopause symptoms actually begin with the transitional phase called peri menopause or pre menopause. Gradually your ovaries cease producing eggs and your periods become less frequent and eventually stop.
So as this phase begins your estrogen and progesterone levels begin to decline, and this can begin to happen as early as your 30’s. This phase can last anywhere from two to fifteen years, but for most women it lasts about four years, and typically peri menopause begins around age 47.
For some women the peri menopause symptoms can be more intense than actual menopause because during this period the levels of estrogen and progesterone may fluctuate irregularly.
So menstrual periods become irregular, PMS can become heightened, you start to experience night sweats and even hot flashes. For some lucky women the symptoms of peri menopause are more subtle and gradual.
The good news is that when you transition from peri menopause to true menopause the PMS symptoms cease because the estrogen and progesterone levels have lowered and stabilized at a constant.
Although estrogen levels begin to decline in our 30’s, most symptoms of menopause probably won’t really become noticeable until our mid to late 40’s, a few years before menopause.
For some women the symptoms of menopause are subtle and gradual, but for others, the symptoms of menopause are more acute and they can become intolerable.
Here is a list of the major symptoms of menopause:
- Hot Flashes
- Night Sweats
- Sleep Disturbances – Insomnia
- Menstrual Irregularities
- Pre-menstrual Like Symptoms
- Vaginal Changes
- Changes In Sex Drive
- Changes In Urinary Function
- Changes In Skin Tone And Texture
- Aching Joints and/or muscles
- Heart Palpitations – Rapid Heartbeat
- Mood Swings
- Increased Appetite and Weight Gain
These are only the main symptoms of menopause. There are many more symptoms of menopause, some of which you wouldn’t necessarily associate with menopause. Read on and I will explore all these menopause symptoms in more detail.
There are natural and healthful solutions to help you deal with menopause symptoms.
There are natural products available to help support your body as it goes through the natural process of menopause, and these can help you regain your natural hormone balance and continue to move into the next part of your life with energy and vitality.