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Be Prepared for Early Menopause

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For women under 40, any sign that menopause may be approaching can be unnerving. A missed period here, random mood swings and a hot flash there can be all it takes to send you running to your doctor, asking for some answers. While it's true that a doctor can help you to determine if your symptoms are in fact an indication of early menopause, there are a few things you can look for on your own to know if you're approaching this major life change.

Keep reading to learn more about symptoms of menopause.

Common Menopause Symptoms

Unlike pregnancy, there is no tried and true method to test whether or not a woman is experiencing early menopause. You can, however, look for some of the most common symptoms of menopause. These include:

Hot flashes

Perhaps the most well-known of the menopause symptoms, hot flashes impact more than two thirds of all menopausal women. This symptom, however, is not the same for everyone. It can range in severity from a mere warm sensation to feeling as though you are engulfed in flames. Hot flashes can occur in women of all ages, so it is important to look for additional signs to determine if you have entered early menopause.

Irregular periods

Menopause involves the slow decline of ovulation, and by extension, your periods, so experiencing irregular periods during menopause is almost guaranteed. Women in the early stages of menopause (perimenopause) often find that their periods either increase or decrease in frequency before beginning a steady decline.

Loss of libido

Women entering menopause often experience a sudden decrease in sexual desire as the result of lowered estrogen levels in the body. If you seem to have a reduced libido and don't know why, it could be an early sign of menopause.

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Night sweats

The nocturnal version of hot flashes, most women experience night sweats at some point during menopause. Much like the flu, night sweats can leave you hot, shivering, or somewhere in between. If you're having frequent night sweats, it could be a sign of early menopause.


A trip to your doctor can ease many of your concerns and help you develop an appropriate treatment plan for your symptoms. Fortunately, there many natural and effective treatments for early menopause symptoms, including simple lifestyle changes and herbal supplements. For more information about early menopause and how to treat it, follow the links below.

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Identifying Early Menopause Symptoms

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How to Feel Sexy during Early Menopause

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