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Menopause Symptoms - The 10 Signs Of Menopause

Jan 2, 2008
Menopause symptoms come in many shapes and sizes. In fact, some even come disguised as conditions totally unrelated. One of the best defenses against handling the symptoms of menopause is preparation.

This means preparing during you late 20s and 30s mental and physical activity. Preparing mentally is simply a case of knowing about menopause, it's effects and treatment options available.

Preparing physically is a combination of good diet and exercise. Calcium rich foods are a good start to combat rapid bone loss while exercise helps maintain good fitness levels. When physical and mental preparation is used in unison over a long period of time, symptoms will be much easier to cope with.

The Menopause Check List

Menopause symptoms are numerous. In this article we'll take a look at ten of the most common symptoms you need to be aware of:

1. Hot flashes are a result of declining estrogen levels and most women will experience them. They can leave a woman feeling flushed or can come in the form of night sweats.

2. Irregular periods are one of the first signs. Shorter periods, longer periods, heavy, light and false alarms will be common during the early stages.

3. Mood swings have a double whammy effect. They are particularly distressing for a woman when it's not in her nature to be moody but can also affect the people around her.

4. Feeling irritated is a spin-off from mood swings and is something you need to keep in check no matter how difficult it is to keep your cool.

5. Insomnia is common among women with menopause and in fact, is tied to mood swings and irritability. Lack of sleep can lead to various forms of mood behavior. Insomnia is usually the result of suffering night sweats.

6. Loss of libido is another common symptom and not only affects a woman suffering it, but will cause issues with her partner. Many women actually suffer libido loss so severe that they actually find sex disgusting.

7. One of the factors leading to a loss of libido is loss of hormones but dry vagina syndrome plays a major part during this time. A dry vagina makes having sex painful and many women simply choose not to participate.

8. Depressive thoughts can have a serious effect on a woman's health and relationships with those close to her. Thoughts of impending doom and suicide can pervade her thoughts so be aware of this if depression is affecting you and see your doctor post haste.

9. Weight gain is a serious issue for many. A sensible diet with accompanying exercise is one way to keep those waistlines from diminishing.

10. Menopause symptoms involving fatigue and anxiety are also common. Some women experience one or the other while others will suffer both. This can be a result of suffering night sweats which leads to lack of sleep which leads to mood swings and irritability etc.
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