7 Common Symptoms Of Menopause
While some women go through menopause without any complications or unpleasant symptoms, there are many whose harsh menopausal symptoms overshadow this milestone.Think you've have embarked on this journey? Read on to find out the seven most common symptoms of menopause.
Some menopause symptoms may be harsh.
- Hot flashes are a a primary symptom of menopause.
- You may feel itching around the vulva or a stinging or burning sensation.
- You may feel the constant need to urinate even if your bladder isnt full
1. Changes in menstrual cycle
Your period may be irregular, and you may be experiencing extremely heavy bleeding, or lighter periods, or even spotting. The duration of your period may also vary. If you haven't experienced your period for twelve months or more, it is extremely likely that you have, or are experiencing, menopause.
2. Hot flashes
This symptom is one that makes most women shudder. This is a primary symptom, where you may feel a sudden feeling of heat either in the upper portion of your body or all over. Your face and neck might turn red, and you may feel sweaty or flushed. The intensity of a hot flash can range from mild to severe, and it usually lasts between 30 seconds to 10 minutes.
3. Vaginal dryness
The decreased production of estrogen and progesterone can affect the thin layer of moisture that coats the vaginal walls. You may feel itching around the vulva or a stinging or burning sensation.
4. Pain during intercourse
Vaginal dryness can make intercourse painful and may cause you to feel like you need to urinate frequently. Moreover, you may experience a decreased libido as well. But, having sex or any other sexual activity involving the female genitals can increase blood flow to that area, which helps keep the vagina more lubricated, thus combating dryness as well.
5. Insomnia or sleeping problems
You may be experiencing problems like difficulty going to sleep, or staying asleep. You may also have broken sleep, and consequently have trouble going back to sleep as well.
6. Frequent urination
You may feel like you're losing control of your bladder, and may feel the constant need to urinate even if your bladder isn't full. Painful urination is another symptom as well. During menopause, you also tend to be more susceptible to UTI's (urinary tract infections), so it is important to see your doctor if these symptoms worsen or persist.
7. Depression and/or mood swings
The major change in hormone production may be wrecking havoc on your brain, and you would most likely be experiencing feelings of irritability, depression, and mood swings, and often go from extreme highs to severe lows in a short period of time.
Also read: 5 Pre-menopause Symptoms Every Woman Should Know