You’ve lived a fulfilling life up to this point. Maybe you’ve raised kids – watched them grow into healthy and happy young adults, sent them off to college, perhaps even seen them start a family of their own. Maybe you’ve had a successful career – found a field that interests you and ran with it, enjoying all the benefits that come from a fulfilling job.
But now is there something that’s leaving you feeling kind of… off? Like you’re not totally yourself? You might be beginning menopause.
Now, every woman is different. The symptoms I’m going to outline in this post won’t happen to everyone. Some women will have more, some less, some different, some hardly at all. But here are a few things to keep an eye on as you approach the menopausal period of your life.
A change in a monthly cycle is usually the first thing women notice as they begin perimenopause or the time period before menopause. Their periods start to become irregular, both in timing and behavior. You may see spotting of blood in between your periods, which results from your hormones changing and endometrium building up. Most women experience this either before their period starts or as it ends.
Hot flashes usually occur in the upper part of your body but can affect your whole body as well. While most hot flashes last an average of 3 minutes, menopausal women can expect to experience them regularly for 1-5 years or more depending on when they begin.
Because of other symptoms such as hot flashes, many menopausal women have difficulty sleeping through the night. They may wake up with the night sweats, causing them to be uncomfortable and have trouble falling back asleep.
You’re not getting quality sleep, your body feels all out of whack, and things just aren’t like they used to be. No wonder it’s common to experience mood changes during menopause resulting in depression or overall negative thoughts.
Vaginal Health and Sex
During menopause, you may notice your vagina starting to get drier or even infected. You might also have an issue holding in urine when you’re exercising, laughing, sneezing, or just when you really need to go. On top of that, you may feel less interested in sex during this time, resulting from the dryness or your overall mood. On the flip side, some women report feeling more interested in sex after menopause.
Even if you’ve been on the same workout plan for years and have been happy with the results, as you approach menopause it’s possible you’ll lose muscle and gain fat. Your waistline may increase and most women average a weight gain of 5 pounds.
Okay, so I know that it’s easy to look at this list and feel absolutely hopeless. There’s no getting around it, menopause will be hard. But menopause doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom. This is an incredibly exciting time in your life and, if you manage your symptoms well, you can actually ENJOY your menopausal years.
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