The hot flashes and irritability that you’re experiencing might not be from working too hard or dealing with a lot of stress in your life. These could be some of the indications that you’re going through menopause. Women of all ages will go through menopause, but some of the signs might not be as pronounced in some women as they are in others.
After not having a period for at least 12 months in a row and you know that you’re not pregnant, then you are likely going through menopause. This is normal and nothing to be afraid of, although it does not happen at the same age for all women. One woman might experience menopause in her 40s while another might not see any signs until she’s in her 50s. The signs could be subtle, such as mild hot flashes. On the other hand, the signs could be difficult to deal with and can include weight gain and severe mood swings.
One of the first signs of menopause that you’ll notice is that your periods will become irregular. They might last for a few days when they were lasting a week. You might go one or two months without a period or have a heavy period when you do start. Another common sign of menopause would be hot flashes or night sweats. The night sweats occur while you’re asleep and can result in waking up drenched in sweat. Some hot flashes can last for several minutes while some women might not experience them much at all. You can have hot flashes for a few years before menopause and for several years after your last period.
Many women have trouble sleeping at night and can have nightmares at times. Your moods can be impacted as well. You might feel sad or like you want to cry at times. You could also become irritable and not be a pleasant person to be around. Talk to our doctor about medications that you can take to help with your mood swings so that you feel better during the day. When your emotional health is stable, then you can sometimes deal with the other signs that are associated with menopause. You might experience issues with being forgetful. Another common sign is a lack of sexual interest.
Learn more about the signs of menopause so that you can handle them in a healthy manner and approach this next stage of your life with success. At Scottsdale Center for Women’s Health we offer hormone replacement therapy to help ease you into this next stage of your life and alleviate some of the symptoms. We are conveniently located in Scottsdale, AZ. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!