The Early Symptoms of Menopause

Published: 29th September 2011
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The symptoms of menopause that go along with this process are physiological changes that happen to each woman in changeable degrees. Menopause and the symptoms of menopause are a natural part of the method of living.

Near the beginning signs of menopause are clues to the start of the symptoms of menopause in a relatively early time. The menopausal state is usually during a woman's late 40's to early 50's. Anything earlier than that is thought to be an early menopause scenario.

Some of the more common early signs of menopause, or premenopause symptoms and perimenopause symptoms, may include:

Changes in Monthly Cycle

Woman's monthly cycles are determined by the ovaries. Hormones allow women to produce an egg via ovulation. The imbalance of hormones our bodies produce because of menopause leads to our monthly cycles getting delayed or coming early. This can happen to women even before menopause as a result of poor diet and nutrition.

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Changes in PMS and Cramps

PMS happens to any woman, even before menopause. During menopause, however, it either increases in frequency or intensity. PMS is one of the most common forms of hormonal inequality, and as a woman's hormonal balance gets further strained by menopause, PMS intensifies. Women who suffer from PMS early in life before menopause will most likely experience more telling effects as they enter menopause.

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Mood swings and depression

The imbalance of hormones caused by menopause can also affect the ones which change a person's emotional state, causing depression, mood swings, or aggressive behavior.

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Hot Flashes

The reason behind hot flashes is because our bodies are dealing with the hormonal imbalances by boosting our metabolism. Another reason is because our adrenal glands occasionally get "wrong" signals due to the imbalances and push out a lot of extra energy that we simply don't need.

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Chronic Fatigue, aches and pains

These symptoms normally result as an offshoot from the other symptoms. Not have enough sleep and the depression which leads to it will result in low energy. Also, some women in the later parts of their years try to go for crash diets to stay slim and young looking. Unfortunately, crash diets lead to a lack on nutrition, which drops your energy levels drastically.

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Strange Hair Growth

Estrogen and testosterone are equally present and balanced in our bodies. Unfortunately, testosterone is what determines hair growth. The sudden drop in estrogen for the period of menopause sometimes causes the testosterone to take off on skewed tangents, either causing hair growth in superfluous areas or sometimes causing hair loss.

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Insomnia or Sleep Pattern Modification

The usual cause of lack of sleep is night sweats, which are caused together with hot flashes. Also, the mood swings and depression that accompanies hormonal imbalance make us stay up all night worrying or hyper and jumpy. Lastly, the usual worrying that accompanies reaching middle age can also keep us up all night staring at the ceiling.

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Water Retention

Our bodies' metabolisms are heavily inclined by our hormones. The imbalances in menopause sometimes manifests as a intense lowering of the metabolic indicators that control the rate at which our bodies' cells retain water and burn off excess fat. This leads to water retention and weight gain.

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Less Vaginal Lubrication

The drop in our estrogen levels during menopause cause a thinning and drying out of the vaginal walls, which leads to less lubrication. This makes intercourse painful, and can lead to sexual inactivity. However, sometimes the cause can also be something as simple as lack of water, and can be addressed by boosting one's water intake.

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Loss of interest in Love Life

This generally stems from a lack of estrogen. Hormones are what fuel the drive for sexual intercourse, and in some women this imbalance manifests as a lack of aspiration for intercourse. On a psychological level, the depression that usually accompanies menopause may leave a woman feeling old and unappealing, which certainly curbs the desire too. Lastly, the vaginal dryness that accompanies menopause can make intercourse very painful, so this, too, is a contributing factor.

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