Menopause is a time in life that not many women look forward to. It can be confusing to tell what the genuine symptoms of menopause are when it becomes that time. By recognizing the signs, you can be better prepared to handle them.
The Symptoms of Perimenopause
Perimenopause is defined as the time in a woman’s life right before menopause kicks in. In order to be officially diagnosed as perimenopausal, women need to exhibit at least three of the following symptoms:
- Irregular periods
- Hot flashes
- Decreased sex drive
- Mood swings
- Breast tenderness
- Vaginal dryness
- Urinary incontinence
- Irregular periods
- Worsening PMS
What Exactly is Menopause?
Part of understanding the symptoms is understanding what is going on in your body. Menopause is simply defined as the time in life that a woman stops having a monthly period. When it occurs can vary significantly, but typically happens when a woman is in her late 40s or early 50s. If you have your ovaries removed surgically, it will trigger menopause as well.
Early menopause is the term for when a woman stops having periods before the age of 45. Premature menopause is the name for when a woman stops having periods before the age of 40. While perimenopause can last for years, menopause is just the first 12-month period in which a woman had no periods. After this, they are considered postmenopausal. After this stage, many of the unpleasant symptoms do cease. However, women are at more risk of developing certain health conditions such as heart disease.
What are the Symptoms?
Symptoms that begin after the perimenopause phase include dry skin, night sweats, and mild depression. Less common symptoms can include:
- Hair loss
- Weight gain
- Increased pulse
- Difficulty concentrating
- Muscle and joint aches and pains
All of these symptoms are the result of the body adjusting to producing less estrogen than before. Some of the more serious symptoms, such as an increased pulse or headaches, may indicate a different condition and should be checked out by a medical professional.
Get In Touch with us for More Information
You can learn more about the symptoms of menopause and what can be done about them by making an appointment with the Institute for Women’s Health. At our convenient locations in San Antonio, we are happy to answer any questions you may have. Contact us today to set up your consultation – we look forward to speaking with you!