Hot Flashes, Flushes and/or Cold Flashes About 75 to 85% of American women are estimated to get hot flashes when theyre in menopause. Hot flashes, which can be felt like a sudden, transient sensation of warmth or heat that spreads over the body creating a flushing (redness) particularly noticeable on the face and upper body.Whether your own hot flashes are experienced as delicate flushes or theengulfing flames, rest assured theyre normal.Hot flashes are the bodys reaction to a decreased supply of the hormoneestrogen, which occurs naturally as women approach menopause. Not allwomen experience hot flashes, but more than half do. In some, estrogenproduction decreases gradually, producing few hot flashes. But for others,the ovaries stop estrogen production abruptly (same case as surgicalmenopause). For these women, hot flashes can be a real roller-coaster ride.Night SweatsNight sweats is the evening cousin of hot flashes, but typically moreintense. Night sweats, which is also known as "nocturnal hyperhydrosis",isnt actually a sleep disorder, but it is a common perspiration disorder thatoccurs during sleep.Irregular Periods, Menstrual IrregularitiesMost women experience absent, short, irregular periods at some point intheir lives. A wide range of conditions can cause these symptoms, while themost common cause is hormone imbalance. Your periods may come morefrequently, every 24 days instead of every 28, or they may come later thanthey used to. You may have a light period that lasts only a few days, thenthe next month have very heavy bleeding. Your period may last a shorteramount of time, or go on and on for what feels like an eternity. You mayskip a month, then go back to normal for several months, then skip two
periods in a row.Menstrual irregularity is most common in the mid-forties as you approachmenopause. A lack of hormonal balance or a decrease in estrogenproduction is the main cause of it. There can be medical causes for irregularperiods as well, they arent as common though.Skip This Menopause Signs Article Content? Please Click Here.Loss of LibidoSex therapists say that low libido becomes a problem that should beaddressed only when it is perceived as a problem. "Its usually only inthe framework of a relationship that it becomes an issue" Dr. Zussmansays. "Its when there is a discrepancy in desire between the person andpartner, or when people feel theres something wrong with them becausethey have a low level of desire."Everyone experiences peaks and valleys in sexual desire, an ebb and flowin libido that could be caused by any of a variety of factors. Occasionally, ahormonal imbalance or prescription drug will sap sex drive. And, of course,theres a difference between sexual drive and sexual function.Vaginal DrynessIts basically a loss of the usual moist and soft feel of the lining of vaginalarea which may be associated with itching and irritation. When yourestrogen levels drop, your vaginal tissues start drying and become lesselastic. Sex becomes uncomfortable, you may be more prone to infections,your vagina is frequently itchy and easily irritated, and, on the emotionalside, you may feel older.As we said, vaginal dryness and vaginal atrophy occur when your estrogenlevels drop. Your vagina is usually very elastic, able to easily stretch forsex and childbirth. But as estrogen levels go down, your vaginal walls getthinner and lose some of their elasticity. Your vagina becomes dryer andtakes longer to become lubricated.
Finally, it may atrophy -- becoming somewhat smaller inwidth and length. This symptom may appear due to a sudden dropin estrogen (such as you do with surgical menopause), also, it can beexperienced when going through a natural premature menopause. Eitherway, though, its a very unpleasant menopause symptom; it can be veryemotionally upsetting when youre in your 20s or 30s.Skip This Menopause Signs Article Content? Please Click Here.Mood Swings, Sudden TearsA person with a mood problem is like a human roller coaster. One minutehes up, the next minute hes down. He never seems to be able to get off theride. His mood swings are intense, sudden and out of control. Chronic andsevere mood swings are a psychological disorder, a health problem everybit as real as a physical ailment. In fact, sometimes theyre the result of aphysical problem, like a premenstrual syndrome. And just like a physicalproblem, they can be treated. You should contact your doctor to get moreadvice.Fatigue"Fatigue is second only to pain as the most common symptomdoctors see in patients," says David S. Bell, M.D., a chronic fatigueresearcher at Harvard Medical School and the Cambridge Hospital inMassachusetts. "One-fourth of all Americans will have long episodes oflethargy and tiredness." Particularly common in women undergoing themenopausal transition, chronic fatigue can have a drastic impact on dailylife, putting a strain on relationships, work productivity, and quality of life.Fatigue, one of the most common menopause symptoms, is defined as anongoing and persistent feeling of weakness, tiredness, and lowered energylevel. This should be distinguished from drowsiness, which implies anactual urge to sleep. Fatigue involves lack of energy rather than sleepiness.If the fatigue comes on suddenly, it could be a sign of crashing fatigue.
Skip This Menopause Signs Article Content? Please Click Here.Hair Loss or Thinning, Head, Pubic, or Whole Body;Increase in Facial HairConnected to estrogen deficiency, since the hair follicles need estrogen;some women notice this before any other sign because it is obvious. Hairloss can be sudden or gradual loss or thinning of hair on your head or onother parts of your body. Youll notice hair in your brush, your hair mayalso get drier and more brittle or notice a thinning or loss of pubic hair.A gradual loss or thinning of hair without any accompanying symptomsis common. However, hair loss that is accompanied by general ill healthrequires your doctors attention.Menopause Sleep Disorders (With or Without NightSweats)If youre waking up a lot at night, tossing and turning, and generallysuffering with insomnia, it might be connected with menopause. When youbegin going through menopause, you may find that your sleep is less andless restful, when you sleep at all.In the past, doctors believed that interrupted sleep was a consequence ofnight sweats, but recent studies indicate that you can also have problemswith sleep that arent connected to hot flashes. Typically, the frequency ofinsomnia doubles from the amount you may have had before you enteredpremature menopause. And research also indicates that women begin toexperience restless sleep as many as five to seven years before enteringmenopause. Again, though, the problem is recognizing that the insomniayoure suffering from has its roots in changes in your hormone levels.Skip This Menopause Signs Article Content? Please Click Here.Difficulty Concentrating, Disorientation, Mental ConfusionDuring early menopause, many women are troubled to find they havedifficulty remembering things, experience mental blocks or have troubleconcentrating. Not getting enough sleep or having sleep disrupted can
contribute to memory and concentration problems.If your doctor determines that your disorientation isnt caused by a seriousmedical condition, then you might consider these possibilities: -Investigateyour drugs. -Disorientation is a side effect of some drugs. -Learn to relax. -Practice stress-reduction techniques, such as deep breathing exercises, yogaand meditation and try to be physically active on a regular basis.Disturbing Memory LapsesMemory loss affects most people in one way or another. More often thannot, it is a momentary memory lapse; nothing to worry about - it happensto the best of us. However, when memory lapses begin to become a regularoccurrence, it is wise to dig a little deeper and seek medical advice.Women approaching menopause often complain of memory loss and aninability to concentrate. Misplaced car keys, skipped appointments, andforgotten birthdays, but these memory lapses are a normal symptom ofmenopause. It is mostly associated with low levels of estrogen and withhigh stress levels.Dizziness, Light Headedness, Episodes of Loss of BalanceDizziness is a transient spinning sensation and/or a feeling oflightheadedness or unsteadiness; also, the inability to maintain balanceupon standing or walking. Dizziness is a symptom of many medicalconditions. There are things that people can do to cope with their dizziness.But if you experience an unexplained dizzy spell, see your doctor, becauseyou cant be sure if its a trivial problem or a symptom of a serious illness.Skip This Menopause Signs Article Content? Please Click Here.Weight Gain during MenopauseWeight gain, specifically a thickening in your middle, is another sign ofchanging hormones. While a number of books and doctors claim thatmenopause has nothing to do with weight gain, that weight gain occurs inmenopausal women because theyre older and their metabolism is slowing
down, other studies indicate that hormone levels are tied to weight gain andredistribution of fat.Changes in diet and exercise can help rev up your bodys metabolic rate.Also trying natural alternative supplements may help.Incontinence, especially upon Sneezing, Laughing, UrgeIncontinenceIncontinence falls into three main categories, although people canleak through because of a combination of causes. First, theres stressincontinence, in which you urinate accidentally when you laugh, cough,sneeze or exert yourself. This happens either when the bladder neck shiftsposition out of reach of the internal muscles that put pressure on it orwhen those muscles themselves fail to work effectively, because of age,surgery or childbirth. The second one is urge incontinence, in which thebladder develops a "mind of its own," contracting and emptying wheneverfull despite an individuals conscious efforts to resist. And last, overflowincontinence, in which you completely lose the sensation that you have togo. You should see your doctor if you urinate when you shouldnt, becauseyou have no sensation that your bladder is full.Skip This Menopause Signs Article Content? Please Click Here.Sudden Bouts of BloatA puffy bloated feeling that seems to come out of nowhere; usuallyyoull notice bouts which are a periodic increases in fluid retention andabdominal distension.Doctors call the gassiness, bloating and discomfort that occur after eatingdairy foods lactose intolerance. It means your stomach is unable to digestthe lactose -or milk sugar- in dairy foods. Unfortunately, most adults havethis problem to some degree, according to Jay A. Perman, M.D., as peopleage, they produce less lactase -the enzyme needed to digest lactose. Withoutlactase, the undigested milk sugar ferments and gases form. The trappedgas makes your stomach bloat. If you have persistent, unexplained bloating
or stomach pain for more than three days, then you should contact youdoctor.Increase in AllergiesMany types of allergy have their basis in hormone reactions. This isparticularly true of ladies who experience increasing symptoms as theyundergo hormone changes, usually in their late twenties or after the babiesare born. Hormone imbalance is a type of allergic reaction experienced bywomen from before puberty to old age. It is a heightened reaction to thenormal function of hormones.Changes in Fingernails-Softer, Crack or Break EasierA black or blue nail tells the world that you and your hammer had aproblem. Reddish yellow nails demonstrate that you change your nailpolish often. Nails that split and break can be a sign that youre spendingtoo much time with your hands in the sink. Nails that take on a convex,spoon like appearance may mean respiratory deficiency or simply thatyoure not getting enough iron. Nibbled nails and hangnails can betrayyour anxiety level. Fingernail and toenail problems are usually caused byinflammation of the skin around the nail or by an infection. A persistentlypainful and inflammed fingernail or toenail requires your doctorsattention.Skip This Menopause Signs Article Content? Please Click Here.Changes in Body OdorHave you ever heard the saying: "body odor is the smell of sweat"? Well,it may be partly true. In fact, our bodies make two types of sweat: eccrinesweat, which is odorless, is present all over the body, and is used tocontrol the temperature of the whole organism. The other type of sweatis aprocrine, a stronger substance produced by the glands under the arm.Apocrine sweat is odorless too, until bacteria on the skin surface acts uponit.The smell of this sweat may be more intense in people with inadequate
hygiene, or merely have bad genes. How to reduce the body odor? Use adeodorant soap whenever you take a shower. Antibacterial soaps will solvethe problem because its the bacteria that are producing the odor. Theantibacterial soap will do all the work; making scrub unnecessary.Bouts of Rapid Heart BeatA pounding, racing heart is the second most common complaint associatedwith perimenopause. These bouts of rapid heart beat scare a lot of womenbecause of their sudden onset, unexpected arrivals, and seeminglyno way to stop them. This partially accounts for the sleeping troublesduring perimenopause. This pounding can mean something other thanperimenopause, so its very important for a woman who is experiencing thissymptom to report it to her doctor.There are a couple of things you can do when the pounding begins. Firstrelax and take deep breaths. Try to reassure yourself that this only asymptom of perimenopause and it will pass. If you are in bed when thisoccurs, change your position and do some deep breathing.Skip This Menopause Signs Article Content? Please Click Here.DepressionFeelings of sadness can be normal, appropriate and even necessary duringlifes setbacks or losses. Or you may feel blue or unhappy for short periodsof time without reason or warning, which also is normal and ordinary. Butif such feelings persist or impair your daily life, you may have a depressivedisorder. Severity, duration and the presence of other symptoms are thefactors that distinguish ordinary sadness from a depressive disorder. Thisis called: Depression, or irritability, which is a significant change in moodfor an extended period of time associated with loss of interest in usualactivities, sleep and eating disorders, and withdrawal from family andfriends.Depression can happen to anyone of any age. It afflicts almost 19 millionAmericans each year, and up to one in five American women will suffer
from clinical depression at some point in her life. Women are two to threetimes more likely than men to suffer from depression. Many women firstexperience symptoms of depression during their 20s and 30s.Anxiety, Feeling Ill at EaseAnxiety can be a vague or intense feeling caused by physical orpsychological conditions. A feeling of agitation and loss of emotionalcontrol that may be associated with panic attacks and physical symptomssuch as rapid heart beat, shortness of breath and palpitations. Thefrequency of anxiety can range from a one-time event to recurring episodes.Early diagnosis may aid early recovery, prevent the disorder from becomingworse and possibly prevent the disorder from developing into depression.IrritabilityA significant change in mood for an extended period of time associatedwith loss of interest in usual activities, sleep and eating disorders, andwithdrawal from family and friends. "Occasional irritability is a normalpart of being human," says Paul Horton, M.D., a psychiatrist in Meriden,Connecticut. "But irritability also can go hand in hand with almost anyillness. Very often, people who are falling ill will become irritable but dontknow why."If your irritability persists more than a week and is adversely affectingyour job performance and relationships with your family, friends and co-workers, better see your doctor.Skip This Menopause Signs Article Content? Please Click Here.Panic Disorder, Feelings of Dread, Apprehension, DoomA significant and debilitating emotional state characterized byoverwhelming fear and anxiety. These feelings can be vague or intensecaused by physical or psychological conditions. The frequency can rangefrom a one-time event to recurring episodes. If your life is totally disruptedby this symptom, better contact your doctor.
Breast PainPain, soreness, or tenderness in one or both breasts often precedes oraccompanies menstrual periods but can also occur during pregnancy,breast-feeding, and menopause. It can be resumed in a generalizeddiscomfort and pain associated with touching or application of pressure tobreast. Consult your doctor if the pain is severe or persists for two monthsor more, also if the breast pain that is accompanied by a breast lump ornipple discharge.Headaches during MenopauseThough headaches can be caused by a variety of factors such as muscletension, drinking too much alcohol or can occur with common illnessessuch as the flu.During the early stages of menopause, you may find that youre gettingmore and worse headaches. This is often caused by your droppingestrogen levels. Many women with regular menstrual cycles get headachesjust before their periods or at ovulation. These headaches, sometimescalled "menstrual migraines" occur when estrogen levels plunge during themenstrual cycle. So, when your body begins slowing down its productionof estrogen due to premature menopause, you may wind up gettingone of these hormonally-induced headaches. Severe headaches that areaccompanied by confusion or high fever can indicate a serious healthcondition and require your doctors immediate attention.Skip This Menopause Signs Article Content? Please Click Here.Aching, Sore Joints, Muscles and TendonsAching Joints and muscle problems is one of the most common symptomsof menopause. It is thought that more than half of all postmenopausalwomen experience varying degrees of joint pain. Joint pain is basicallyan unexplained soreness in muscles and joints, which are unrelated totrauma or exercise, but may be related to immune system effects mostlycaused by fluctuating hormone levels. It is not wise to ignore these achesand pains. Early treatment can often bring about a cure and prevent
further development of arthritis. Getting plenty of rest, using herbal aids,eating nutritious foods, preferably organic food, fruits and vegetables-andavoiding known toxins and stimulants, are healthy strategies for fightingjoint pains.Burning Tongue, Burning Roof of Mouth, Bad Taste inMouth, Change in Breath OdorBurning mouth syndrome is a complex, vexing condition in which aburning pain occurs on your tongue or lips, or over widespread areasinvolving your whole mouth without visible signs of irritation.The disorder has long been associated with a variety of other conditions,including menopause. It affects up to 5 percent of U.S. adults, women seventimes more often than men. It generally occurs after age 60. But it mayoccur in younger people as well. If you have persistent pain or soreness inyour tongue, lips, gums or other areas of your mouth, see your doctor.Electric Shock Sensation Under the Skin And In The HeadA peculiar "electric" sensation, or the feeling of a rubber band snappingin the layer of tissue between skin and muscle, that may be related tothe effect of fluctuating estrogen levels on nerve tissue. It can also be theprecursor to a hot flash. If the symptom gets intense, contact you doctor forfurther assistance.Digestive Problems, Gastrointestinal Distress,Indigestion, Flatulence, Gas Pain, NauseaChanges in gastrointestinal function with excessive gas production,gastrointestinal cramping and nausea.A certain amount of flatulence is perfectly natural, but people who switchto a healthy diet sometimes worry unnecessarily that theyre producing toomuch. So if youre eating lots of whole grains, fruits and vegetables, whichmeans a healthy diet, its likely that your digestive system is churning out ahealthy amount of gas. If you have gas and stomach or abdominal pain for
more than three days, or if the pain is more severe than before, you shouldsee your doctor immediately.Skip This Menopause Signs Article Content? Please Click Here.Gum Problems, Increased BleedingThe most common gum problem is bleeding, and its a sign of inflamedgums, or what dentists call gingivitis. But gingivitis is just the overture formore serious problems.Bleeding and sore gums are the same as most health problems: If youcatch them before they get too bad, theyre easy to reverse. "Gingivitis isabsolutely reversible in the earlier stages," says Dr. Allen.To put bleedinggums in reverse, put your hands on floss and a toothbrush. But make sureto hold that toothbrush the right way. You have to worry if sores developunder your dentures or if there is swelling, puffiness, soreness in yourbleeding gums. Take advice from your doctor in these cases.Increased Tension in MusclesAn increase of aches and pains throughout the body muscles associatedwith soreness and stiffness in muscles. Women whose general health andresistance are good are apt to have less premenstrual tension than thosewomen suffering from poor nutrition and lack of physical exercise.There are some things you can do to try to keep symptoms to a minimum:Exercise helps boost endorphins, the bodys natural painkillers, so it mayhelp improve moods and has been found to significantly reduce manyphysical and psychological PMS symptoms. Next time you have a build-upof tension or anxiety, try to run it off.Itchy, Crawly SkinWhen your estrogen levels drop, your collagen production usually slowsdown as well. Collagen is responsible for keeping our skin toned, fresh-looking, resilient. So when you start running low on collagen, it shows inyour skin. It gets thinner, drier, flakier, less youthful-looking.
This is another of those symptoms of menopause that makes you feel olderbefore your time and, in this case, its clear why. You may look a little olderthan you used to. Worst, this sign often shows up early in menopause.Collagen loss is most rapid at the beginning of menopause. It is possiblethat premature menopause also leads to more rapid collagen loss.Skip This Menopause Signs Article Content? Please Click Here.Tingling ExtremitiesThis may feel like the "creepy-crawlies" as if bugs were walking all over you,a burning sensation like an insect sting, or just super-sensitivity. In mostcases, tingling is harmless. It usually occurs after you pinch a nerve or presson an artery and reduce blood flow in your arm or leg causing it to "fallasleep."When you change body position and relieve the compression, the tinglingquickly goes away. But tingling can also be a symptom of any number ofproblems, including anxiety, a herniated spinal disk, poor blood circulation,diabetes, heart disease, stroke, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, carpal tunnelsyndrome or a tumor. Any unexplained tingling that affects an entire sideof your body or is accompanied by muscle weakness, warrants immediatemedical attention.Osteoporosis (After Several Years)Osteoporosis is a degenerative bone disorder where there is thinningand weakening of the bone, and a general decrease in the bone mass anddensity. This means that they are much more susceptible to breaks andfractures.Menopause does affect your bones. Normally your bones will go through aprocess where old bone is replaced by new bone cells. When you are youngyour body makes more new bone than it takes away in old bone. Yourbodys ability to handle this process changes with age, so that by the timeyou are about 35 there is less bone building than there is bone removal.
During the menopause your estrogen levels drop. Estrogen is involved inthe process of calcium absorption into the bones. All women will experienceacceleration in bone density reduction as their estrogen levels drop. Dont despair, these early menopause signs are all treatable, just click HERE to find out how.