Menopause; its signs and symptoms are all a natural part of a woman’s life. Having mentioned that, the psychological changes that occur to the woman experiencing menopause all vary in different degrees.
Basically, menopause can be loosely termed as the natural process of the complete stoppage that occurs to a woman’s menstrual cycle. Without a regular monthly menstrual cycle, the woman’s natural ability to reproduce is no longer evident. Menopause most often occurs in the later stages in a woman’s life. While some experience it earlier compared to others, it is generally accepted that menopause occurs at the average age of between 50 to 51, there have been rare cases where women experienced this life-altering change at the early age of 40 and as late as the age of 59. Although menopause is a huge change in a woman’s life (said to be the biggest after childbirth), women should in no way be distressed about it. This article is aimed at helping women, in general, to understand what menopause is including its early signs, symptoms, and remedies.
Depending on the individual, women may experience any of the following combination of early symptoms associated with menopause.
Changes in PMS and Cramps
While it is true that PMS occurs in every woman even before menopause, the changes in PMS during menopause or the period leading to menopause would be either with an increased intensity or frequency or even both. The reason behind this is due to hormonal imbalance that occurs during or before menopause. The changes in PMS during pre-menopause will intensify when they experience menopause.
Monthly Cycle Changes
This is among the most common symptoms leading to menopause. Since monthly cycles are directly related to our ovaries and eggs are produced via ovulation in the bodies, the hormonal imbalance caused by menopause will result in the monthly cycles either coming early or later. Having mentioned this, women can also experience this before menopause due to poor diet and nutrition.
Mood Swings and Depression
While some may argue that it is all a psychological effect, research has proven that there is a strong and direct correlation between hormones and moods. Hormones can cause a person to be more active, energetic, relaxed, passive and so on. The imbalance of hormone caused by menopause will result in emotional changes including depression, aggression and mood swings.
Insomnia and Sleep Pattern Changes
Insomnia is often a direct result of other effects such as night sweats which in turn is caused by hot flashes. In addition, the mood swings and depression as mentioned above often causes women to stay up worrying and feeling all tensed and worked up.
Fatigue, Body Aches and Pains
Often, this is due to other symptoms such as insomnia. Depression and insomnia will obviously lead to fatigue during the day. In addition, women who tend to diet at this age will also feel weak and without energy.
This is a direct result of the hormonal imbalance due to menopause. This will lower our metabolism which in turn will result in a lot of water retention and reduced ability to burn excess fat.
Reduced Vaginal Lubrication
This is caused by the reduction in the levels of estrogen during menopause. This will cause women’s vaginal walls to thin and dry leading to less lubrication produced. As a result, sexual intercourse is painful which leads to a libido loss. This can also directly lead to a loss of interest in love life.
The above are among some of the more common signs and symptoms of menopause. So, how do we handle the issue? Truth is, the majority of women are taken aback by the drastic change that they experience and often do not know how to handle it. They no longer feel complete since they are no longer able to reproduce (give birth) due to menopause. Most women also feel as if they are all alone. Truth is, no woman should feel any less complete and alone since it is but ONE process of the body that has ceased to function; the rest of the body is still functioning normally.
Remedies for Menopause
Remedies will obviously depend on the symptoms. For instance, for mood swings and chronic depression, the worst-case scenario would require professional help through medication. Still, you will have to weigh this out since medication for depression such as Prozac are also known to have its own side-effects. Try to search for other alternatives. There are many women support groups offering services to women. Reduced vaginal lubrication can be overcome by using man-made lubricants that are available in the market. Having a healthy diet often helps in many different ways. Ask your doctor for recommendations and advise. Exercising and having activities to occupy your mind can also go a long way to help you out. In addition, women can start learning to feel sexy all over again with the help of their man – dress sexily and indulge in flattery and flirting with each other again to spice up your romance and bedroom life.
With that, I conclude my piece on the signs, symptoms, and remedies pertaining to menopause. Remember, there is life yet after menopause.