Hot flashes are one of the signs of these changes in a woman’s body. She feels hot even though it may be cold outside and while some of these hot flashes are mild other times it can be unbearable for some women. You should talk to your doctor about treatment options if this symptom becomes too bothersome.
Another sign or symptom to be aware of is changes in the menstrual cycle. You may either flow heavily or hardly at all, only spotting for a few days or you could spot or flow heavily for several days longer than usual. When you have not had a period for at least 12 months and you begin spotting or having a period again, talk to your doctor as this may be a sign of some form of cancer and you need to be checked to ensure your health.
Insomnia is often a problem for women during menopause. The inability to sleep soundly or get a good night’s rest. This can be brought on by many changes in the body. You should try natural methods and if those do not work talk to your doctor as they may be able to provide a sleep aid to help you.
Sometimes you may experience frequent urination or urinary incontinence. This is because the vaginal lining becomes thin and the surround tissues lose their elasticity causing you to feel like you have to use the bathroom all the time. If this becomes a problem you can strengthen your pelvic muscles by doing Kegel exercises or talking to your doctor about any medication that can help with frequent urination or incontinence.
This can be a time when urinary tract infections are more common. The levels of estrogen decrease in the urinary tract area and make it more prone for bacteria to enter. You may have frequent or painful urination and this needs to be reported to your doctor as they can prescribe antibiotics to get rid of this infection.
You may also lose your libido or sex drive during this time due to vaginal dryness and painful intercourse. Talk with your doctor if this is a problem for you as they can suggest vaginal creams and lubricants that can help with the dryness and or pain.
While these symptoms and signs are not all-inclusive these are just some of them. What you experience may be different as each woman is different and goes through different changes. Getting medical help during this time is very important as a doctor will be better able to advise you on what you should do and the medications that may be available to you to help with certain symptoms. During this time you may feel like you are alone but there are many resources available both online and offline that can help you through this changing time in your life. There will be adjustments to get used to but with the proper help and guidance and medical care it should make this time of your easier to get through and manage.