Menopause symptoms vary between women. There are also different types of menopause with different complication. Some women will start witnessing these symptoms very early in their lives. However, some may not have symptoms of menopause in their early stages in life. They notice them when they appear in combination. Such women may not even know they have reached the menopause stage in their life until when they visit their doctor. Nevertheless, menopause symptoms affect approximately 70 percent of women while nearing menopause. Typical menopause symptoms include the following;
- Hot flushes. These results from hormonal changes in the body due to the changes happening in the reproductive system. These flushes can be sudden or even transient sensation of heat or warmth that spread to different parts of the body very fast. They create redness that is quit noticeable on the female's face and the upper part of the body. However, not all women experience these flushes while approaching their menopause. In some women, decrease in estrogen production is gradual with few or less hot flashes. However, there are women who experiences sudden hot flushes due to abrupt stop of of estrogen production. Such women experience a really challenging moment with these symptoms.
- Night sweats. This refers to flashes that occur at night. These can be very intense causing sweating in some women. Some people consider them as nocturnal hyperhydrosis. These symptoms may be confused with sleep disorder but they are not. They are a perspiration disorder that is common to women in the menopause stage.
- Irregular menstrual periods: Majority of the women approaching or on their menopause stage experiences absent, irregular or even short periods. This symptom may result from a wide range of causal factors. However, the common cause of this symptom is hormonal imbalance. Menstrual period may become more frequent after twenty four days rather than the usual 28 days. You may also experience your period after the day when you expected them. Some women also get a period lighter than they are used to. There are also cases when a woman may skip periods in a month, go back to normal for a few months before it disappear completely.
- Libido loss and vaginal dryness: Production of the hormone responsible for sex drive decreases resulting to loss of sex desires. Some times this causes problems in a relationship if partners do not understand each other. Vaginal tissue also starts drying with decreased production of estrogen hormone. Walls of the vagina lose their elasticity making it hard for them to stretch during sex.
- Fatigue and mood swings: Fatigue is very common in women experiencing menopause symptoms. Chronic fatigue has a lost of impact in the life of a woman in this stage in life. Their work productivity, relationship and life quality are greatly affected. Mood swings also become very common. Some times a woman may be up and happy, and then in the next minute she is down. Mood swings can be very intense, uncontrollable and even sudden.
Basically, there are many symptoms of menopause. These may all be seen in a woman while in some only a few symptoms are noticeable. Other symptoms include sleep disorder, hair loss, disorientation, memory lapse, dizziness, weight gain and increased allergies among others.