If you or someone you love is reaching menopause age, you might be wondering about the signs of menopause. How can you be sure if this is what you are experiencing? What is normal and what is not? When should you see your doctor? There are so many questions that come along with menopause and it can be a really stressful and challenging time in a woman’s life. When you take time to learn about the physical symptoms of menopause, it can help you to recognize them in yourself or a loved one.
The specific symptoms of menopause can vary from woman to woman so it’s not necessarily possible to pinpoint exact symptoms. Certain factors such as diet and nutrition, exercise, general health and wellness all play a part in the physical symptoms of menopause. However, there are some general symptoms that many women feel that can help you to get an idea of whether or not you are experiencing menopause.
• Longer periods that last more days
• Heavier periods than usual
• Irregular periods or spotting in between periods
• Less interest in sex
Sometimes women approaching menopause will have a decrease in libido. However, there are some cases where a woman who had previously lost interest in sex will suddenly get strong urges that return during menopause.
A common reason for the lack of interest in sex is because menopause hormone changes cause a decrease in natural lubrication which can make it uncomfortable to have intercourse. If this happens to you and you still have a desire to have sex, there are aids that you can buy to help you replace this lubrication and make intercourse more comfortable again.
If you are showing any of these signs of potential menopause and you are of the right age to be approaching this change, you may want to meet with your doctor to discuss any questions that you may have. Most women find it comforting to have a close woman friend or family member who they can talk to about it as well. A woman who has already been through it can be a great mentor when you are facing the challenges of menopause yourself.
Whatever happens, don’t be afraid to ask questions and seek more information about your condition. It’s never too late, or too soon, to begin learning more about how your body works. If you have a loved one going through menopause, it can also help you to learn more about how to help her through this time.