Are you always feeling hot or having night sweats and bouts of insomnia? Do your menstrual cycles seem more erratic than usual, and are you experiencing extreme mood swings? If so, you may be in menopause.
The physical and emotional changes associated with this transition period can be hard to endure; thankfully, understanding your symptoms and recognizing them in yourself is the first step toward feeling better. Read on for everything you need to know about how to tell if you’re going through menopause! We’ll look at the various signs of menopause so that you can identify whether or not entering “the change” is what’s disrupting your life.
What is Menopause?
Menopause is a normal and natural part of aging, usually occurring between the ages of 45 and 55. It marks the end of menstruation when your body stops producing estrogen hormones that fuel ovulation. Menstrual cycles become increasingly erratic until they eventually cease altogether.
How do I Know if I’m Entering Menopause?
If you begin to notice any of the symptoms mentioned above, you may be entering menopause. Also, if you are over 45 and have gone a full year without having a period, this is an even stronger indicator. However, keep in mind that menopause can occur as early as your late 30s or as late as your early 60s, so it’s important to track and monitor any changes you may notice.
If you are concerned about whether you may be entering menopause, it is best to visit your doctor for a definitive diagnosis. Your gynecologist can confirm your diagnosis through blood tests and other testing methods.
What are the Early Signs of menopause?
The most common early sign of menopause is irregular menstrual cycles. A woman’s menstrual cycle normally lasts 28 days, with ovulation occurring around day 14. However, during perimenopause, the period leading up to menopause, these cycles can become shorter or longer than normal, with some women experiencing anovulatory cycles (cycles in which ovulation does not occur).
But it’s important to note that not all irregular cycles are caused by menopause; they can also be caused by other medical conditions such as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). It’s important to speak with your doctor if you notice changes in your menstrual cycle.
Other signs of menopause are usually subtle and can include the following;
- irregular periods
- hot flashes
- night sweats
- memory problems
- fatigue, mood swings
- vaginal dryness
- thinning hair.
Additionally, some women experience headaches, joint pain, and changes in their sense of taste or smell during menopause.
How Can I be Proactively Taking Care of my Body During this Phase?
The best way to care for your body during menopause is to practice self-care.
- Start with a healthy diet, regular exercise, plenty of rest, and stress management techniques like yoga or meditation. Avoid smoking, and excessive alcohol consumption, as these can hurt your physical and emotional health.
- Make sure you visit your doctor regularly for preventive screenings and check-ups
- Take the time to pay attention to your mental health. Talk to a therapist or counselor if you’re feeling overwhelmed or depressed by the changes in your body and life
- Hormonal therapy as it helps to replenish hormone levels in the body
Get the Help You Need!
Menopause can be an exciting and positive step in a woman’s life, but it requires additional attention and care to ensure it’s manageable. Knowing the signs of menopause can help you identify them earlier and more effectively manage any symptoms that may arise.
If you have questions about how to positively manage menopause, or have concerns about early signs of entering into menopause, contact us at CleopatraRX. Our team of medical professionals are skilled in helping women transition to this next phase gracefully. With our expert advice and extensive knowledge, we can help you develop a plan that ensures health and well-being during this stage of life. Contact us today to get started!