Most women go through menopause in their late 40s or early 50s but usually menopause symptoms start during perimenopause, which begins 10 to 15 years before the menopausal transition. During perimenopause, symptoms start to occur and their severity is different for every woman. Approximately 30% of women won't experience any symptoms in the lead up to menopause. Keep reading to find out more about when menopause symptoms begin and how to deal with them.
Identifying Menopause Symptoms
For the majority of women, menopause symptoms start while they are still menstruating. Hormonal fluctuations that occur as the body prepares itself for menopause and the reproductive years coming to an end are the principle reasons that menopause symptoms begin.
During perimenopause, the ovaries become less and less active and this causes estrogen and progesterone levels to fall and the resulting hormonal imbalance causes menopause symptoms to start.
When menopause symptoms start, they can be deceptive; many women may not realize that they are perimenopausal. If menopause symptoms start or you think they have started then it's a good idea to speak to your doctor to learn more about this stage and how to deal with the sometimes bothersome symptoms.
Keep reading to find out the most frequent perimenopause symptoms.
Common Perimenopause Symptoms
Usually when menopause symptoms start they affect women in different ways and combinations. However, there are some that will affect the majority of women and these include:
• Hot flashes
• Night sweating
• Disturbed sleep
• Mood swings and irritability
• Poor memory performance
• Vaginal dryness
• Vaginal itching
• Generalized itching
• Period changes
• Loss of sex drive
• Heart palpitations
• Dry skin and/or hair loss
As some menopause symptoms start to affect a woman's quality of life and become a burden, it's good to know how best to control them. Read on to learn more about managing menopause symptoms.
What to Do If Menopause Symptoms Start to Affect Your Quality of Life?
When menopause symptoms start they can be rather mild and easy to deal with. However, for some women menopause symptoms start to become a real nuisance. When this happens, there are various ways to deal with your menopause symptoms. Start by eating more healthily and completing more regular exercise.
Combining this approach with alternative treatments is a great way to deal with menopause symptoms that start to become overwhelming. Alternative therapies come in a range of forms, but herbal remedies continue to prove the most popular; they are the only practical option to treat the hormonal imbalance that occurs during perimenopause and menopause directly at its source.
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