5 Signs You’re Experiencing the Onset of Menopause
While all women realize that they will experience menopause at some point later in life, it’s impossible to predict exactly when it will set in. Most women begin to show signs of perimenopause in their mid-50s, but it is also possible for the body to begin the process in the 40s or even 30s!
Hormone fluctuations and the overall reduction in the generation of estrogen and progesterone are the causes of the common symptoms of menopause. While some women don’t experience any menopausal symptoms to speak of (except the end of menstruation), others suffer from highly unpleasant symptoms that are sometimes incapacitating.
We largely associate the sex hormone estrogen with sex instincts, reproduction, and physical characteristics that are common amongst females (breast size, fat deposits on the hips and thighs, etc.). However, estrogen plays a role in maintaining optimum bone health, regulating mood, skin elasticity, urinary tract health, and hair growth. If you are experiencing the following symptoms, menopause may be the cause.
Hair loss. Women may experience hair loss for a variety of reasons; sometimes due to stress, but also due to genetics, and even hair styling choices. However, because estrogen helps to regulate hair growth, when production levels drop, some women might notice thinning hair. Unlike male-pattern baldness, it typically isn’t localized; it usually occurs evenly around the head. If you’ve noticed you’re your hair doesn’t grow as quickly as it used to, or have noticed that your scalp is becoming increasingly visible, it may be due to pre-menopause.
Diminished sex drive. If you’re otherwise healthy and active but don’t have the same libido you used to, menopause might be the culprit. Some women might be distressed by a sudden lack of desire, but it is also common for women to reconcile with it easily.
Feeling dizzy.Occasionally, a dip in hormone production levels can lead to feelings of lightheadedness. Many women find that menopause-associated dizziness can be managed with good lifestyle choices, like regular exercise and a healthy diet.
Reduced breast size. Some women find that their breasts aren’t as full as they used to be, or notice that their bras are slightly too big. The reduction of estrogen can lead to the diminishment of dense breast tissue, and also a reduction in skin elasticity.
Urinary tract infections. Perimenopausal women are at an increased risk of urinary tract infections. Symptoms include pain when urinating and chronically feeling the need to urinate. Additionally, as the body ages, vaginal elasticity can diminish, making it difficult to hold urine. In order to maintain strength, pelvic floor exercises can be helpful.
While the above conditions are common with the onset of menopause, if you are experiencing any symptoms to a severe or painful extent, please visit your physician, so that medical abnormalities can be ruled out.
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