Many of the symptoms that people usually associate with menopause are actually symptoms of pre-menopause. These symptoms are not universal, and there are some women who go through this change in life without any complications and without any unpleasant symptoms. However, there are others who find pre-menopause and menopause symptoms to be debilitating, life-altering and long-lasting. For some women, the symptoms last for years.
Pre-menopause symptoms are caused in most cases by a reduction in the production of the female sex hormones estrogen and progesterone. Since these hormones affect a variety of things in the female body, the symptoms that a reduction in their production produces vary widely from person to person. Estrogen, for example, regulates everything from the pelvic muscles to the brain to the heart to the reproductive system and blood vessels.
One of the most commonly discussed symptoms of menopause is hot flashes. Hot flashes are characterized by a feeling of increased temperature all over the body, or localized in the upper part of the body and the face. Hot flashes may produce facial flushing or excessive sweating.
The intensity of hot flashes varies from person to person. For some women, it’s very mild, and for others, it’s very strong, leading to embarrassment in social situations. Some have hot flashes that have actually woken them up from sleep, making it difficult for them to get a good night’s rest.
Insomnia or difficulty sleeping are other common menopause symptoms. Doctors recommend that adults get between seven to eight hours of sleep every night, but during menopause, it may be difficult for a woman to fall asleep or to stay sleeping. They may find themselves waking up earlier than they want to.
Other common symptoms of menopause include:
• Incontinence or frequent urination
• Urinary tract infections
• Reduction in libido
• Depression and mood swings
• Changes in your hair and skin
• Vaginal atrophy
• Vaginal dryness
• Pain during intercourse
The symptoms may last a few months, or they may last for years. If you are dealing with symptoms of menopause, make an appointment at REAL Weight Loss + Wellness to learn more about your treatment options. You don’t have to live with your troubling symptoms. Let our team of professionals evaluate your hormone imbalance and come up with a customized treatment for you that will lead to better overall health and an enhanced quality of life. Contact us today to schedule a consultation at our office in Atlanta.