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The Early Signs of Menopause and What To Watch For

We’ve all heard about the changes your body goes through when you reach menopause. When we think of this time in life, most of us probably envision little white-haired old ladies. While menopause generally happens during a woman’s mid-50s, it is possible to start exhibiting symptoms earlier. Restore femininity provides resources to help women through this change.

How do you know when menopause will happen? Since it’s different for every woman, it’s hard to say. But there can be some signs that “the change” is not too far off. Here are some early symptoms that could signal menopause is just around the corner:

1. Irregular Menstrual Cycles

If you can set your watch by your period because it happens at the same time each month, you’ll notice right off if something in your body is changing. You’ll probably start noticing your period coming a few days earlier, becoming shorter and eventually you’ll start skipping periods. Once you’ve gone for a year without a period, you’re officially in the menopause club.

2. Hot Flashes

Is it hot in here or is it just you? Hot flashes can happen a little or a lot. They can be regular or happen periodically. It could happen during the day or you might experience night sweats that disrupt sleep and cause insomnia. Sounds pleasant, right? But don’t worry, you can talk to your doctor about hormone therapy, medications and other ways to help manage it. The bright side is hot flashes usually go away or become less severe as you go through menopause.

3. Vaginal Dryness

There are a lot of reasons you may experience vaginal dryness and being premenopausal is certainly one of them. Estrogen helps produce your body’s natural lubrication, so as your body changes and you start making less estrogen, that means less lubrication in your lady parts.

4. Mood Swings

Your body is going through a big change and it won’t be the same again. Your hormone levels are changing which is causing weird cycles, hot flashes, night sweats, and less vaginal lubrication. This can make even the most cheerful person a little grumpy. Don’t be surprised if your mood changes on a dime and you go from happy lady to grumpy girl in a flash.

5. Body Changes

As your body changes on the inside and your hormone levels start fluctuating, your body is going to start changing on the outside as well. While every woman is different, many women experience hair loss, fine lines and wrinkles, more fat deposits around the midsection, and acne. For most women, these will be mild and as you progress through menopause, your body will settle in and the changes won’t be so noticeable.

Menopause happens to every woman. It’s a natural process as a women’s body ages. While premenopausal symptoms happen at different stages, it can be a little overwhelming. Menopause is a fact of life but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Contact Restore Femininity to learn more about managing the symptoms of menopause.