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14 Menopausal Symptoms Women Should Expect

14 Menopausal Symptoms Women Should Expect

14 Menopausal Symptoms Women Should Expect

Menopause is one of the main turning points in a woman's life. This natural period usually occurs between 45 and 55 years and its intensity tends to decrease with age. It is preceded by a more or less long period called perimenopause which is announced by the gradual cessation of menstruation. To better live your menopause, know how to identify it by discovering in this article, 14 most common symptoms.

Menopause marks the end of fertility; it is due to the progressive diminution of the ovarian activity. Its symptoms are felt and affect nearly 3 in 4 women from the age of 45 and can last for several months or even years for some women. 

Here is what happens in the female body with the onset of menopause.

1. You become more emotional:

During the perimenopausal and menopausal period, hormonal changes cause various emotional changes, and many discomforts may occur such as: irritability, the tendency to cry more often and for no good reason, mood changes, lightheadedness. anxiety and lack of motivation or energy.

2. You want to eat chocolate:

You still think of chocolate. Even after hearty meals and a full belly, you still have that chocolate craving. All this is caused by the decline of serotonin, which is the pleasure hormone.

3. Gaining weight:

Decreased estrogen secretion and reduced energy expenditure due to lower basal metabolism are the main causes of weight gain during the menopausal period. A sedentary lifestyle and a change in eating habits can also participate.

4. Mood changes:

The fall of female hormones, which are directly related to the nerve center, can trigger mood swings, depression, demotivation and melancholy. This condition is similar to that which occurs in the female body during the teenage years.

5. Insomnia and sleep disorders:

Almost all women are confronted with this symptom. During this period the nights become shorter and the quality of sleep tends to be less good and this is the result of hormonal changes and nocturnal hot flashes.

6. Loss of memory:

You start to forget things like where you put your keys or what you need to buy at the supermarket. These memory losses are due to the decrease of the level of estrogen in the body thus affecting the short-term memory. This can cause a feeling of anxiety and anxiety.

7. Fear and anxiety:

In general, with age and after a very active life, this period makes us believe that we are nearing the end and the idea of death becomes very present.

8. Hair on the face:

During menopause, some women may develop hair growth and begin to notice the growth of very hard hairs on their chin. It does not look very nice, but you can consult your doctor for hormonal treatment.

9. Hot flashes and sweats:

During the day, you experience hot flashes first in the abdomen or chest to feel after your neck and face. These puffs are often accompanied by sweating and palpitations. These puffs and sweats can last a few minutes and their frequency is very variable from one woman to another.

10. Dryness of the skin

Decreased secretion of estrogen by the ovaries leads to a reduction in the production of collagen and elastin, which play an important role in the elasticity and tone of the skin. This can also be noticed at the level of the intimate parts. More than half of women in this period experience pain and discomfort related to intimate parts dryness.

11. Decreased libido

The fall of androgens and the decrease of dopamine during this period diminish the desire and cause a lack of interest. Other factors include psychological causes associated with stopping menstruation and other symptoms.

12. The aging of the skin:

Your skin may become less toned and wrinkles and brown spots begin to appear. The fall in the production of collagen, which protects and moisturizes the skin, by the hormonal fall is the main cause.

13. Fatigue

Hormonal changes in the body result in constant and rapid fatigue. Try to drink fruit juice to deal with this fatigue.

14. Water retention:

You will feel swollen and your feet will be swollen and heavy. Progesterone, which is diuretic, is less liberated in the body. Hence the phenomenon of water retention.