Menopause is the medical term used for the end of a woman’s menstrual period. Menopause is a biological and natural process, and it definitely is not any kind of medical disorder. Many women experience some physical and emotional symptoms during menopause, caused by hormonal imbalance. Typically, a woman will begin to experience menopausal symptoms around age 45 as her body’s reproductive capacity comes to an end.
You might experience these signs and symptoms:
Hot flashes. About 75-85% of middle-aged women experience hot flashes. Hot flashes are sensations of extreme heat in the upper part of the body and are often accompanied by rapid heartbeats.
Night sweats: These are similar to hot flashes that affect menopausal women during waking hours. Night sweats are episodes of sweating at night that can often interrupt a woman’s sleep.
Irregular periods. These irregularities are one of the first symptoms of menopause for many women.
Other common symptoms of menopause include:
- Sleep disorders
- Vaginal dryness
- Mood Changes
- Weight gain
- Hair loss
- Dry skin
- Tingling extremities