You're getting older, and you're unsure about whether the changes that you've felt lately are actually the early signs of menopause, or just paranoia that it is on the horizon. Luckily, a little knowledge about menopause and its most common symptoms can take the guesswork out of this major life change. Keep reading to learn more about the common signs that indicate that you are entering into menopause.
What Are the Most Common Symptoms of Menopause?
Everyone's experience of menopause is different, but there are a few common symptoms felt by most women, including:
Menopause is essentially the loss of fertility, so it stands to reason that your periods will become less common as you progress towards this phase of reproductive life. However, a sign of perimenopause — or the time just before you have entered into menopause — are increasingly erratic periods. That means that for a time, your periods may become more or less common before beginning a steady decline.
Hot flashes are experienced by more than 75% of women going through menopause. They're typically feelings of intense heat, sweating, flushed feelings, and rapid heartbeat that can last anywhere from a few moments to a half hour. If you've been experiencing hot flashes, it could be a sign that you are entering into menopause.
We all experience highs and lows in disposition, but the mood swings that often accompany menopause are more frequent, and more extreme. Be on the lookout for erratic emotions — anger, depression, excitement, irritability — that seem random and out of your control.
Like hot flashes, but typically more intense and occurring at night, night sweats are one of the more disruptive symptoms of menopause as a lack of sleep may negatively impact you throughout the following day. They're also quite common, affecting more than two thirds of menopausal women.
Loss of libido
Declines in female sex hormones are the basis of menopause, leading to a noticeable decrease in sex drive for many women. If you've lately noticed the passion suddenly drain from your relationship, it may be due to the onset of menopause.
If you're still unsure whether your symptoms are related to menopause, consider consulting with your doctor. A medical professional will be able to analyze your symptoms and guide you toward appropriate treatments if needed.
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