By Kathryn Whittaker
Menopause symptoms vary greatly; in fact, there are no two
women that will have the same menopause symptoms in the same
order. There are some women who donít have any symptoms as
but not many. Symptoms last different lengths of time for
different women and are caused by the hormonal transition and
imbalance in a womanís body.
One of the menopause symptoms in women is mood swings.
Approximately 10% of women suffer from mood swings during
menopause. Mood swings, basically, are drastic changes in mood
over a short period of time. For example, laughing one minute,
yelling and being angry, then crying, and then feeling
depressed very shortly after. Many women get on medication for
mood swings, while others prefer a more natural solution.
One of the main menopause symptoms in women is change in the
menstrual cycle. In fact, less than 10% of women go through
menopause without any irregularity. Periods will more than
likely shorten and begin sooner than usual. The heaviness of
blood flow may change as well and your periods may become
either lighter or heavier. Birth control is often prescribed
help make periods more regular.
Women can begin having hot flashes, also called vasommotor
symptoms, either in the pre-menopausal stages of
or after their last menstrual period. They last longer for
than they do for others, but usually last somewhere between
three and five years. Sometimes women will feel anxious,
agitated, or unsettled as a hot flash is coming on, and many
times the heart rate will increase. They are often worse the
first year following the last period. The only outward
sign of a hot flash is the skin turning a pink or reddish
and sweating. Hot flashes can be mild or severe and some women
may experience chills. As with any other menopause symptom, it
is different for every woman.
Insomnia is a common menopause symptom. Some women have hot
flashes mainly at night and cannot sleep due to that; while
others have difficulty falling asleep even without hot
A common pattern in many women is falling asleep for a few
hours, waking up, and then not being able to go back to sleep.
Women sometimes complain of having short-term memory loss and
difficulty concentrating as a menopause symptom. While many
experts say that lower estrogen levels probably do play a role
in memory loss and a lack of concentration, some think this is
due to aging. The stress of going through menopause also may
have an effect on memory and concentration.
Lower levels of estrogen cause some sort of menopause symptoms
in all women, but they are different in every case. Some women
will have very distinct and obvious menopause symptoms, while
others only go through mild changes.
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