What are signs of menopause starting?
Menopause will affect a woman’s life both physically and mentally. Being informed about what may happen can help to manage confusion and panic over this time of change.
Here are some symptoms to look out for:
You have trouble sleeping
Night sweats are hot flashes during your sleep that may cause a lack of a good night’s rest. If you keep waking up during the night or have trouble going to sleep, and you don’t usually have any problems sleeping, it may be a sign of menopause.
You experience mood swings
A woman experiences several mood changes throughout her life. Menopause impacts hormonal balances which can worsen existing anxiety or depression. If you have been feeling down for more than a few weeks, it is time to reach out to your doctor. There are treatment options to make this journey less frustrating for you.
Your memory has worsened
Maybe you’ve forgotten where you’ve placed your keys or left the stove on while you’re out. You might think it’s no big deal. Menopause, while is not the only reason why forgetfulness can worsen, can be a key factor.
You feel differently about sex
Some may experience trouble getting aroused while others may enjoy sex more. During menopause, the skin around your vagina may also become drier than before. There are options that can help soothe such changes, such as gel lubricants. Reach out to your doctor for advice that will suit your needs more accurately.
You see and feel bodily changes
You may experience weight gain or drier skin and hair. You may notice muscle loss and suffer from stiff joints. You may feel like you need to work harder to keep your strength and to stay in shape. These are all normal as you approach menopause.
Menopause, sometimes known as the change of life, marks the end of a woman’s reproductive life and it can be a period of frustration when dealing with the unknown.
BUT this does not mean that life has taken a turn for the worse.
Menopause can be seen as a new beginning – a time to reassess your lifestyle, health and wellness goals.
It is time for you to spend time on yourself. It is a normal part of ageing and with your fertility specialist and doctor, you can create a journey that is a little less frustrating and a little more forgiving.