Top 10 Signs & Symptoms of Menopause
Menopause can present itself in many ways. The most notable symptom is the tapering off of menstruation. However, before this even begins, there are many signs and symptoms of menopause that can indicate that menopause is just around the corner. Here is the top ten.
It is so common, it is almost cliche, but hot flashes really are a symptom of menopause. A hot flash is a sudden rush of blood to the face or the chest. You will feel hot to the touch, appear red and possibly sweat.
They usually go along with hot flashes, but not necessarily. In the middle of the night, you may feel suddenly cold but be sweating up a storm. This clammy feeling is uncomfortable but a surefire sign of menopause.
While mood swings often go along with PMS, they are also associated with menopause. You can feel weepy, irritable, overjoyed or depressed. Whatever your mood, they are bound to swing from one end of the spectrum to the other during menopause.
While fatigue can be a sign of many other conditions, in combination with any of the symptoms in this list, it very well may point to menopause. Fatigue can be described as generalized weakness, tiredness regardless of amount of sleep and a general feeling of being unable to complete daily tasks.
Along with mood swings, anxiety can be a symptom of menopause. You may feel apprehensive about things you used to do with ease, or previous anxieties may be increased. If your anxiety becomes disabling, you may need to seek professional help in managing it.
While incontinence is common after giving birth, it can also present itself during menopause. The leakage of urine while laughing, sneezing or straining is commonly associated with menopause.
While breast tenderness can be associated with PMS as well, it is also associated with menopause. As your body goes through dramatic changes and hormonal fluctuations, the breasts are prime suspects for tenderness and pain.
Hormonal fluctuations have been known to be associated with headaches, so it is no surprise that menopause can make your head hurt as well. If you have suffered from headaches all your life, they may be worsened or changed during menopause.
The natural lubrication that lines the vaginal walls and that is increased upon sexual arousal can be depleted during menopause. As the hormone levels change and the amount of estrogen present in the body decreases, the vagina can dry out and become uncomfortable.
Again, hormone fluctuations can reek all sorts of havoc on the body, including weight changes. Weight gain in particular can be a sign of menopause as it shows that your metabolism is slowing down-a key sign of menopause or other hormonal shifts.