Common Menopause Symptoms

Women often begin to experience perimenopause around 40. Perimenopause happen when menstrual cycles begin to be erratic and is usually considered to be the transitional period between a woman’s fertile years and menopause, which commonly occurs around age 50. Symptoms of menopause can vary widely, and some women may experience only mild symptoms whereas other women have severe symptoms.

Hot and cold flashes are extremely common. These significant temperatures changes are related to hormone fluctuations, which affect the area of the brain that regulates body temperature. It stimulates the body to heat up or cool down rapidly, which triggers sweat glands and leaves you drenched and uncomfortable.

Dry skin, bloating, and water retention are also common menopause symptoms. Related to hormone fluctuations, they can also be as a result of lifestyle factors. As women lose sleep due to night sweats, they may increase their caffeine intake. As they increase their consumption of coffee, tea and energy drinks, they may be more prone to dehydration, which can cause their skin to dry out. Soft drinks and energy drinks can leave them more vulnerable to bloating, especially around the mid-section.

Lack of sleep and changing hormones can leave women more vulnerable to anxiety, irritability, mood swings and forgetfulness. Women may feel mentally foggy. They may find it difficult to concentrate, struggle to find the right word or lack focus.

Hormone fluctuations can change not just the way women feel but also the way their bodies work. Joints can swell and become painful. Bones can get less dense and fragile. Hair may get fragile whereas nails get thin and weak. Gums can bleed and develop gingivitis, which increases the risk of tooth loss. Bladder incontinence is more likely. Women may experience dry, itchy skin or tingling in their hands and feet. High cholesterol, high blood sugar, rapid heartbeat, indigestion, sun sensitivities and breast tenderness are all common menopause symptoms.

Even though these symptoms can be meddlesome, inconvenient, uncomfortable and even life altering, women do not have to be at their mercy. Diet, lifestyle changes and nutritional supplements can all help control annoying symptoms. Cutting out spicy foods, caffeine, alcohol and tobacco can all offer relief from hot flashes while eliminating beans, onions, broccoli, caffeine and carbonation can reduce bloating and water retention. Exercise, progressive relaxation, yoga and other types of physical activity can improve your quality of sleep and help minimize certain symptoms of menopause.

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December 28, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Health and Fitness


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