Menopause: Peri Menopause, What Are The Signs And Symptoms?

By: Barry Crewse

The signs of menopause....or is it peri menopause in your case? Those two words can bring disdain to even the toughest of women. The time will come in every woman's life when the road she has traveled since puberty will begin to change. Do you know the signs and symptoms you will be facing? Let's find out.

Menopause can strike a women at almost anytime beyond the age of 30 but on average occurs any time from about 40 to 59. Often times many women find that they begin menopause at about the age their mothers did but this is not a hard and fast rule.

The only exception to this is in women who have had both ovaries and uterus surgically removed and in this instance will experience what is known as "surgical menopause." If the ovaries remain after surgery then gradual menopause will take place as natural hormones are produced less over time.

Menopause is usually preceded by what is called Peri menopause. As a woman ages, her ovaries gradually begin to produce less and less of the female hormones progesterone and estrogen. This process can be slight at first and symptoms mild.

The menstrual cycle is usually the first sign as periods are often starting to skip or in some cases they occur closer together. The menstrual flow will be noticeably heavier or lighter and can be accompanied by hot flashes as well.

Another symptom is the dreaded hot flashes which can usually begin in the chest area and radiate up into your head with pulsating sensations. Your skin may become reddened and sweating usually occurs as well.

Nausea and dizziness along with their companions, rapid heartbeat and headaches may also occur but usually these are the most prominent signs and symptoms of peri menopause in the early changes of life.

Hot flashes occurring at night are also know as night sweats and also cause sleeping problems which in turn produces tiredness the next day contributing to the symptoms already being experienced.

Emotional symptoms are also quite common. Some of these may include tiredness as mentioned before but also saddness, frustration and anxiety. You best defense against these types of symptoms is to see your physician right away. There are medication which can lessen these symptoms.

In general peri menopause or menopause is a very gradual process and unfortunately can take a few years to get through it all. Your physician can determine what stage you are in by a simple blood test but the rule of thumb is no period for 12 months usually signals the end of menopause.

Of course, all women experience menopause on different levels. For some it can be a relatively quick and painless experience but for others it can be painfully slow and very frustrating to say the least.

The good news is that there are a ton of new and exciting product available today both natural and prescribed that can have a huge effect on how you get through menopause. Treatments also include hormone replacement therapy and these should be discussed with your doctor to experience the results you desire.

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