Every woman menopause manifests itself individually, some may experience a whole bunch of symptoms, and on the other, is not included. The severity of mental and physical symptoms vary, however the following is a list of the main symptoms of menopause.
During menopause may experience irregular menstruation. Some women may experience problems with unpredictable abnormal or excessive bleeding during perimenopause. Menstruation can start to come more frequently shortened cycle time, or Vice versa - will start to become less and less 9 cycle is lengthened) up to a complete stop. There is no "normal" pattern of bleeding, it all depends on the individual devices of the female body. There is also no specific idea about the time of onset of full menopause. However, all women with irregular menstruation should visit a doctor, as an irregular menstrual could be associated not only with perimenopause, and other diseases.
Menstrual disorders make irregular ovulation, which certainly affects fertility. However, during perimenopause a woman can still become pregnant before reaching menopause ( recall that it is characterized by the absence of menstruation for one year). Therefore, women are still encouraged to use contraception if they are not planning a pregnancy.
Also, with the approach of menopause, women begin to experience the sweating and hot flashes. Flash feeling of warmth that spreads throughout the body, especially the chest and head is called the tide, tides like the spray of a hot shower, sometimes after they have sweat. Hot flashes can last from 30 seconds to several minutes, although the cause is not fully understood, they are likely due to the combination of biochemical and hormonal fluctuations, caused in turn by declining estrogen levels.
To date there is no method of predicting the next tide, they have 40 percent of women with regular menstruation after the age of 40, they may appear before the violations in the cycle, as the first symptom of approaching menopause.
80 percent of women five years after they started hot flashes, menopause. In 10 percent of women, hot flashes can last up to 10 years. There is no way to predict when the tides recede, but their frequency and intensity usually decreases. The average woman experiences hot flashes for about five years.
Sometimes the tides are accompanied by night sweats, which can lead to difficulties with re falling asleep.
Vaginal symptoms occur due to thinning of the vaginal tissues, due to the lower level of estrogen in the tissues become drier and less elastic. The symptoms include vaginal dryness, irritation, itching, pain during intercourse. These vaginal changes lead to an increased risk of vaginal infections.
The urethra is also undergoing changes, becomes drier, less elastic, thinner, due to the lower level of estrogen. It also leads to increased risk of infection of the urinary tract, women often feel the need to go to the toilet, you may experience incontinence. Many women experience a sudden strong urge to urinate, can suddenly occur when the voltage when coughing, laughing or lifting weight.
Women in perimenopause often feel different emotional and cognitive symptoms, such as fatigue, memory problems, rapid mood changes and irritability. However, it is difficult to distinguish what changes caused by hormonal imbalance.
It is not clear, the reason for the change in hormones or other symptoms - night sweats, hot flashes, which lead to increased fatigue, and thus disturbed the harmony of the cognitive functions and memory performance. Finally on emotional feelings can affect not only the change in hormones, but also stressful life situations.
With the onset of menopause, many women report a violation of the weight, change the distribution of fat in the body, it begins to be stored "male-type" in the abdomen and waist, not the hips as it was previously. Changing the structure of the skin, wrinkles. Because the body still produces a small amount of testosterone, some women can receive the hair on the chin, chest, belly and upper lip.
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