Menopause in women is said to occur when the ability to produce estrogen in the ovaries is decreased to a considerable extent. As a result the woman cannot reproduce in the future. At present many women consider menopause as a natural ageing process instead of considering it as disorder. Menopause generally occurs in women above 50 years of age, however in some women it might strike early. Such type of a situation is called pre menopause. Let’s discuss further the common menopause symptoms.
Menopause symptoms can be divided into early and late onset menopause symptoms. Let us first see the pre menopause symptoms.
1 Irregular Vaginal Bleeding – This is the most common symptom of menopause. Some women might have excessive bleeding as well. The periods may occur more frequently than usual and the gap between the duration of periods may widen even further. In case you experience irregular periods for a considerable amount of time then it is important to consult your doctor.
2 Hot flashes and night sweats – Women suffering from menopause may experience menopause symptoms like hot flashes and night sweats. A hot flash is associated with flushing and then excessive sweating. Hot flashes are said to occur in 40% of the women above the age of forties. Till date doctors have not been able to discover true reason for hot flashes.
3 Behavioral Symptoms – Women suffering from menopause are said to suffer from behavioral symptoms as well like depression, mood swings, insomnia etc.
Let us now discuss the late onset symptoms.
1 Vaginal Symptoms – Vaginal symptoms like vaginal dryness, itching, irritation may occur in the post menstrual stages in women. Also women who have intercourse may also pain in the vagina.
2 Osteoporosis – Women suffering from menopause may also experience osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a condition where the bones in the body begin to weaken as the density of the bones decreases. As a result women may experience tremendous pain in the joints thus restricting their movement. Some osteoporosis may not be well detected till the symptoms have taken their toll fully.
Hence we see the most common symptoms of menopause in women during the early stages and also during the later stages. It is important that menopause is detected early so that the doctors can take the necessary treatment. Doctors may recommend medications, hormone replacement surgery or may surgically remove the ovaries to treat menopause in women.