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Menopause Symptoms - How to know if you are in Menopause?

Updated on August 28, 2011
Menopause Symptoms - How to know if your are in Menopause?
Menopause Symptoms - How to know if your are in Menopause?


As a Woman ages, she will eventually will start to go through Menopause. It is another chapter in a woman's life after the child bearing ages.

My article is to educate women on the symptoms of menopause and explain in furthur detail what menopause is.

Please Note:

That I am not a Doctor nor a Physician and that I cannot treat nor diagnose any ailment one may suffer. It is important to consult your Doctor or Physician to get a diagnoses and before starting any exercise program or home remedy. remember to get approval first.

Here's to your Health

ButterflyStar



What is Menopause?


Menopause usually starts to begin in a woman's Life in the late 40's to early 50's. This is a natural part of life, as a woman ages, her cycle's for having children have come to an end or her fertile phase has ended. ( although in today's time, allot of women are now having babies in their early 40's which is becoming more and more common, but they will still go through menopause usually in the late 40's.

Women will change from reproductive to non-reproductive, hence it is called Menopause. This will involve a major reduction in female hormones by the ovaries. The transition is usually takes its time, it is not a sudden event. This can take years, and is naturally from aging. The symptoms of menopause when women are going through the transition can be quite uncomfortable and disrupt their daily life.


Other factors to consider:

Menopause can start earlier if one suffers any types of dysfunctions in the uterus or ovaries.

  • endometriosis
  • fibroids
  • poly-cystic ovary syndrome
  • cancer
  • Women who suffer these can go through menopause at a much younger age. and may cause even more symptoms.
  • Menopause effects womens emotions
  • Menopause in women is usually between the ages of 42-58


Menopause: means "end of the month cycles"
pausis (cessation in greek) and men (month) describing the change in females where fertility's permanently stopping the monthly menstruation or menses.


Early menopause can start from

  • cigarette smoking
  • obesity
  • illnesses
  • chemotherapy radiation
  • women who have undergone a hysterectomy but retained their ovaries



Menopause Symptoms - How to know if your are in Menopause?
Menopause Symptoms - How to know if your are in Menopause?

Symptoms of Menopause


Irregular periods : is the most common sign of menopause. Mainly due to levels of estrogen and progesterone and less frequent ovulation which would cause a woman to be irregular.

It is very very important to see your doctor if your periods start to become irregular.


There are many other factors to consider as well such as:

  • hormone imbalance
  • thyroid disease
  • uterine fibroids
  • uterine polyps (non cancerous growths in the endometrium
  • cervical cancer or
  • uterine cancer


It is very important to see your doctor to get a proper diagnosis.
Improper diagnoses can infact cause:

  • an unnecessary hysterectomy


Please check with your Doctor if you are experiencing:

  • Periods that last more than 7 days
  • periods that last 2 or more days longer than normal
  • heavy bleeding
  • blood clots
  • gushing
  • spotting between periods
  • bleeding after intercourse
  • fewer than 21 days in between periods



There are many Tests that Doctors can give you to check your hormones and determine the causes of hormonal imbalances. tests can include the following:

  • Pap smear
  • trans-vaginal ultrasound ( sound waves that can visualize the the uterus and other pelvic organs with a probe inserted in to the vagina
  • endometrial biopsy (where they get a sample of the lining inside of the uterus
  • hysteroscopy ( where a tiny telescope is inserted into the vagina through the cervix to look directly at the uterine lining.)



Menopause Symptoms - How to know if your are in Menopause?
Menopause Symptoms - How to know if your are in Menopause?

Hot Flashes and Night Sweats - Most Common Symptom


Hot flashes or flushes are the second most common symptom accociated with menopause.

Night sweats: occur with perspiration during the night which is normally called night sweats.

hot flashes are the bodys way of cooling itself down. it is your body's thermostat. Your brain can notice changes in the body and sense that you are too warm and heance will cool off your body. This is very common in the peri-menopause stage.



How To Know If I Am in Menopause?


Usually for a woman to know if they are in Menopause is to know that you will be peri-menopauseal. Which is the transition to menopause. You will have symptoms such as:


  • abnormal menstrual cycle where cycles become irregular
  • cycles may be heavier or lighter than usual


if you are taking birth control pills:

  • look for symptoms when u are off the pill.
  • flashes
  • night sweats
  • insomnia
  • headaches
  • (signs of estrogen withdrawal)

This is because your estrogen levels are dropping and ur not getting enough estrogen when your off the pill.

Family History: When did your Mother start menopause? Usually this would be a great indicator unless she had a hysterectomy of course.


The average Age in the USA is 51.

When you are actually in menopause will be when you have gone without a period for 12 consecutive months. This will have to be when you are not taking birth control pills.


Have your level of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) measured in a blood test by your Doctor or physician.

When your ovaries quit producing estrogen, your pituitary gland will give a burst of FSH to tell the ovaries to make estrogen. So the FSH levels will fluctuate quite a bit when you are peri-menopausal.

FSH: levels can range from 40 to 50 mIU/ml this is HIGH, and especially if your having hot flashes or night sweats (peri-menopausal)

Hair Loss: usually this occurs in Thyroid issues, however it can be a possibility when estrogen levels are low



Conclusion


I hope that you enjoyed this article as well as leaving here better informed on Menopause Symptoms - How to know if your are in Menopause?. Transitioning to Peri-menopause to Menopause can be rough at first, but with proper education and seeing your Doctor orPhysician as well as talking with family members or friends, can make this transition easier in life. Aging is apart of Life, as life is a journey of learning, and aging with Grace makes it easier on ones life.

Here's to your health :)

ButterflyStar

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      CELIN THOMAS 

      6 years ago

      THANKS FOR THE INFORMATIONS.

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      butterflystar 

      7 years ago from A Place of Success :)

      Thanks Stayingalivemoma ^^ I am so glad you enjoyed this article, Im gonna write another one soon, on some home remedies during the transition of life, it is a great research subject, thanks for stopping by!

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      Valerie Washington 

      7 years ago from Tempe, Arizona

      what a great and informative hub. I am reading up on this because I just turned 39 and I am sure I will be going through menopause soon. Thanks for the great info. Keep up the good work.

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