Most people tend to associate menopause with symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, and mood swings. Symptoms of menopause can be divided into physical symptoms, such as hot flashes, and emotional symptoms, such as mood swings. Some physical symptoms, like irregular periods, are the first indication of the menopause transition that many women experience.
Common Menopause Symptoms
Most women going through the menopause transition will experience these physical symptoms.
Insomnia is the inability to fall asleep or stay asleep. It is often connected to stress, anxiety, and mental health problems. Menopause may cause certain symptoms, such as night sweats or mood swings, that in turn lead to insomnia. Menopause itself may trigger insomnia because menopause causes the body to produce less of the hormones estrogen and progesterone, and these hormones help to promote sleep. Menopause can also make preexisting insomnia worse.
Treating insomnia can include limiting exposure to stimulants - including television, tablets, laptops, and smartphones - before bed. Give yourself time to unwind and relax before bed. If you experience insomnia during menopause, it may be a good idea to see a doctor to help you treat it. It can also be helpful to see a talk therapist and work out any emotional or mental health problems that may be preventing you from sleeping.
All women eventually stop getting their period. A woman is said to have reached menopause when she has gone 12 months without a menstrual cycle. Usually, women should not be worried by irregular or heavy periods, as it is normal to experience skipped periods or periods with heavier or lighter flows during menopause.
However, if your periods are accompanied by pain or any unusual symptoms, it is best to see a doctor to rule out any underlying conditions.
Women sometimes experience tiredness during menopause. This can be caused by other menopausal symptoms, such as mood swings or night sweats, or it can be a result of the body adjusting to fluctuating levels of hormones. Try allowing yourself eight hours a night for sleep and do not drink caffeine or alcohol in the hours leading up to bed.
One of the most common symptoms of menopause is vaginal dryness. Less estrogen in the body causes the vagina to atrophy by making the vaginal walls thinner, weaker, and dryer. This can cause discomfort, itching, and pain during sex. Vaginal dryness can be treated by over-the-counter moisturizers, which can be applied regularly to the vagina, and vaginal lubricants, which can be applied to the vagina before sex to reduce friction. Hormone replacement therapy is available through prescription and can be applied topically to the vagina to give the area more estrogen and effectively treat and reverse vaginal dryness.
More Information about Physical Symptoms of Menopause
If these menopause symptoms are lowering your quality of life, it is a good idea to consult with your doctor to help you find effective treatments. Click on the following link to read more about treating menopause symptoms.