Female Menopause Symptoms — What to Expect

MJasmine Supplement_Female Menopause Symptomsenopause can be one of the most drastic changes that a woman faces in her life. It literally means the “end of monthly cycles,” in reference to the cessation of fertility and it’s related menstruation. While it can be a trying time for a woman, a bit of knowledge can help ease the transition. Here are a few female menopause symptoms that many experience.

Although menopause can be fairly unpleasant, it is a perfectly natural part of life for all women. In the case of patients who undergo a hysterectomy with the removal of ovaries prior to their natural menopause, women will experience a surgical or induced menopause. The symptoms are essentially the same, but the experience can be more difficult for women to cope with.

Some physicians believe that menopause essentially begins as early as a woman’s thirties. For most women, the obvious signs of menopause won’t begin to show until the late forties or early fifties. Menopause is officially defined as the cessation of the menstrual cycle for at least one year.

Female Menopause Symptoms

The most obvious sign of menopause is an unusual irregularity in menstruation – it is often the first hint that a woman is approaching this life-changing event. Sudden variations in flow an occurrence of periods are likely to happen prior to the complete cessation of menstruation.

Along with the onset of menopause comes a decrease (and ultimate loss) of fertility. Once menopause has taken full effect, a woman can no longer become pregnant. Couples who are not interested in having a child during the early stages of the menopausal transition should still use protection and birth control if they choose – part of the reason that menopause is not officially recognized until a full year without periods is that a woman may still become pregnant even if she has not had a period for several months.

More Signs and Symptoms

The specific cause of the changes seen in the menopausal transition is the decreased levels of estrogen. As the levels of estrogen decrease, a woman will likely experience an uncomfortable dryness in her vagina and urethra. With this dryness comes a higher risk of infection. Sex may become uncomfortable for the same reason. For couples who want to retain their intimacy, lubrication may be used to keep the process enjoyable for both partners.

The decreased levels of estrogen also lead to hot flashes. A hot flash is a sudden sensation of overheating. They can last from a few seconds to several minutes. For most women, the severity of hot flashes decreases over time. While the exact cause is unknown, there are a few treatment options available. If hot flashes become unbearable or seem particularly intense, you should speak to your physician and explore possible treatments.

Further signs of menopause include insomnia, urinary incontinence, and a small amount of weight gain. Due to the changing hormone levels, some women may be susceptible to new or worsening adult acne. The relatively higher levels of testostStrength 24_Female Menopause Symptomserone (when compared to the new levels of estrogen) may lead to the thickening of unwanted hair.

While menopause is perfectly natural, there is a slight possibility of complications. A woman who is past her menopausal transition may experience vaginal bleeding. As with any unusual change in your body, it is important to speak to your doctor or health care professional if this occurs. Fortunately, it is most likely the benign result of vaginal dryness.

If you suspect that you are currently experiencing female menopause symptoms and/or undergoing your menopausal transition, you should visit your physician. You can get answers to questions and find guidance through this change in your life. As always, you should look ahead to the new experiences life has in store for you. Stay positive, and embrace this new part of life with open arms. And enjoy an ice cream cone!

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