Many women experience symptoms of incipient menopause that they mistakenly associate with anything other than menopause itself. Are you also in doubt about when menopause starts? Then you are not alone. By being a little alert, you can capture some of the signals that your body is trying to send. Typically, in your 40s, you will be in the phase called perimenopause. Perimenopause is the years leading up to your last period. Here, most women experience that menstruation begins to become irregular. You may also experience spotting every now and then. Some women notice that menstruation becomes heavier in intensity, while others notice that it has become weaker. Also, the days when menstruation extends can vary in length. From a short to a long period. Symptoms of incipient menopause thus start already 5-10 years before the last menstrual period. It is difficult to say anything exactly about how you as a woman will experience the prelude to menopause. It is incredibly complex, and varies from woman to woman. One third of women experience no symptoms of menopause at all, and menstruation may cease abruptly from one day to the next. About a third experience a number of genes that are livable. And a third have such severe symptoms that it affects their quality of life.
Your hormone levels drop drastically
You officially enter menopause when you have not had a period for a whole year. Most women are born with a number of eggs in their ovaries. Slowly, the eggs begin to release as we get older. When there are no more eggs left, the female loses her fertility. At the same time, there is a drastic drop in the hormone estrogen. The second hormone, which is progesterone, is completely released. It all results in you experiencing hot flashes, mood swings, night urination, vaginal dryness, stress and sleep problems. These are some of the common symptoms that you need to be aware of.
Some women also experience that the eyes become dry, the splendor of the hair begins to shrink, and that the muscles and joints begin to hurt. Remember that menopause is a completely natural part of being a woman. It is a period in which the symptoms for some can extend over ten years, while others go effortlessly through this phase of life. One tip for when you can expect to go through menopause is to ask your mom. If she went through menopause as a 50-year-old, add two more years. You can expect to go through menopause as a 52-year-old. But that's just a clue. Nature has its own way of doing things. Some women may also go through menopause in their 30s or even earlier. Symptoms of incipient menopause are the same. Therefore, it is a good idea to seek medical attention if menstruation becomes irregular or stops for more than three months, or earlier if there are other symptoms. The vast majority of women go through menopause between the ages of 45-55. In Denmark, the average age is 52 years. Read here what symptoms men experience during their menopause:
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