By Olinda Rola
Early menopause symptoms - every woman at some point in her
thirties or forties will wonder if what she is experiencing is
really the first symptoms of menopause. Menopause is defined
the cessation of menses or the end of menstrual cycles for a
period of 12 months or more. Menopause is a natural process
a woman, not an illness. It is quite common for a womans
balance to begin shifting in her early thirties to forties,
resulting in early menopause symptoms. Why? There are several
Women often demand much of their bodies. Stress exists in many
forms for an active, involved woman today. Women have
and stressful careers. Women have family responsibilities. The
relationship with the spouse or partner may not be the best.
Aging parents can add to the burden. These and other
responsibilities add up in the toll they take on the body,
health and well-being of a woman.
And at the same time, the womans body may not be getting the
support it needs to function as it was designed. Obesity, lack
of exercise, poor nutrition, excess caffeine and alcohol add
the problem instead of helping the body cope with what is
demanded of it. This stressful lifestyle, coinciding with
inadequate support given to the body, contributes to
experiencing many of the early menopause symptoms.
Common first symptoms of menopause for women are:
• Irregular menstrual cycles
• Light or heavy menstrual flow
• Lumpy or tender breasts
• Fibroid tumors
• Mood swings
• Water retention and bloating
• Sleep problems
• "Foggy, fuzzy" thinking and memory lapses
• Anxiety and depression
• Inability to handle stress
• Hot flashes and night sweats
• Vaginal dryness
• Weight gain
Then there are the hormones, the menstrual cycle and hormone
production in the body. In the normal menstrual cycle and a
healthy woman, estrogen is the dominant hormone that is
produced for the first 10-12 days following the previous
menstrual flow. Ovulation then signals the female body to
produce progesterone, which happens for the next 12 days or
If there is no pregnancy, progesterone and estrogen levels
drop at around day 28, allowing menstruation to begin.
However, if there is no ovulation, progesterone will not be
produced by the body that month. This event, called an
annovulatory cycle, is a typical occurance today for women in
their thirties and forties - no ovulation, no progesterone.
This leaves the woman with an excess of estrogen and a
deficiency of the hormone progesterone.
Many women in their thirties and forties are actually having
fewer ovulations which creates hormone imbalance, resulting in
many of the early menopause symptoms. And once ovulation
at menopause, progesterone levels fall to virtually zero. At
same time, estrogen is still being produced, again leading to
hormone imbalance and the resulting first symptoms of
menopause. If a hysterectomy has happened, surgical menopause
means the woman no longer produces progesterone.
Besides the problems created by missed ovulations or
hysterectomy, excess estrogen is regularly obtained from other
sources. Birth control pills, household chemicals and
pesticides, certain foods that have been sprayed or given
chemicals and many construction materials used in homes are
sources of estrogen which leads to excess in the body.
Doctors call this hormone imbalance condition of excess
estrogen in the body "estrogen dominance". What are the
symptoms of estrogen dominance? The symptoms include low sex
drive, bloating and weight gain, headaches before the
period, mood swings, irregular periods and excessive menstrual
bleeding. If the amount of unbalanced estrogen in the female
adult increases beyond what is desirable and healthy, you will
definitely experience early menopause symptoms. On the other
hand, when your hormones are balanced, you feel more alert,
energetic and ready to take on the challenges of life.
How can a woman tell if the first symptoms of menopause being
experienced are because of hormone imbalance? An easy and
effective way is to take the online test provided by a leading
womens health clinic for early menopause symptoms. It takes
just a few minutes and the test is free. Find out more about
your health, premenopause and menopause symptoms, what the
symptoms are telling you and what to do about it based on your
answers to important questions. Read more about hormone
imbalance, estrogen dominance symptoms, side effects of a
hysterectomy and physician-recommended natural treatments for
eliminating the early menopause symptoms.
Copyright 2005 InfoSearch Publishing
About The Author: Olinda Rola is President of InfoSearch
Publishing and webmaster of
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and ways for improving your health.