Just like there are certain changes on each life stage, women aged between 40 and 58 can experience some changes during their menopause.
Don’t be afraid of it. You are just normal and we are here to help you out.
Every woman goes through life stages-- puberty, pregnancy, childbirth and menopause—and they experience certain changes on each stage.
Like other life stages, there are unique physical signs most women face when they reach menopause.
Menopause is a final menstrual period, confirmed after 12 straight months without a period or when both of a woman’s ovaries are removed or permanently damaged. Most women experience natural menopause(not as a result of surgery or other medical intervention) between ages 40 and 58; the average age in the developed world is 51.
Hot flashes can be a sudden feeling of heat either in the upper portion of your body or all over. Your face and neck might turn red, and you may feel sweaty or flushed. The intensity of a hot flash can range from mild to very strong, even waking you from sleep.
Depressions and mood swings
Changes in hormone production affect the moods of women during menopause. Some women report feelings of irritability, depression, and mood swings, and often go from extreme highs to severe lows in a short period of time.
Insomnia or problems sleeping
During menopause it might be hard for you to fall asleep or stay asleep. You might wake up earlier than you wish and have trouble going to back to sleep.
Frequent urination or urinary incontinence
It’s common for women in menopause to lose control of their bladder. You may also feel a constant need to urinate even without a full bladder, or experience painful urination.
Urinary tract infections
During menopause, some women may experience more urinary tract infections (UTIs). Lowered levels of estrogen and changes in the urinary tract make you more susceptible to infection.
It’s common to feel less interested in sex during menopause. This is caused by physical changes brought on by reduced estrogen.
Vaginal dryness and pain with intercourse
The decreased production of estrogen and progesterone can affect the thin layer of moisture that coats the vaginal walls. Women can experience vaginal dryness at any age, but it can be a particular problem for women going through menopause. Signs can include itching around the vulva and stinging or burning. Vaginal dryness can make intercourse painful and may cause you to feel like you need to urinate frequently. To combat dryness, try a water-based lubricant or a vaginal moisturizer.
Skin, hair, and other tissue changes
Loss of fatty tissue and collagen will make your skin drier and thinner, and will affect the elasticity and lubrication of the skin near your vagina and urinary tract. Reduced estrogen may contribute to hair loss or cause your hair to feel brittle and dry.
Vaginal atrophy is a condition caused by the decline in estrogen production and characterized by the thinning and inflammation of the vaginal walls. The condition can make sexual intercourse painful for women, which can ultimately decrease their interest in sex.
Less estrogen may cause the tissues of the vulva and the lining of the vagina to become thinner, drier, and less elastic or flexible.