First Symptoms Of Menopause
Women need to be aware of the first signs of menopause because these signs can indicate to a woman that she is losing the important hormone, estrogen. Every woman will reach a point in life where her body's reproductive system decreases and eventually stops making the hormones necessary to become pregnant. Estrogen and progesterone are hormones that will affect many other areas and functions of the female body, beyond reproduction. Medical research is proving that with the loss of estrogen, a woman can begin to not only stop having a monthly menstrual cycle, but she can experience problems with her circulatory and nervous systems, as well. Bone disorders in older women are often the result of a lack of estrogen. Memory, vision impairments, hair loss, and a woman' sexuality can all come under distress when there is none of this hormone found in the body. The serious conditions of Osteoporosis, Alzheimer's disease, colon cancer and heart disease have all been diagnosis that are the results of a lack of estrogen. Knowing the first symptoms of menopause can help women get early intervention and perhaps prevent these most serious diseases.
Typically, the first signs of menopause begin when a woman is around the age of fifty. However, some women may begin to demonstrate the first symptoms of menopause during their forties. Premature menopause can affect women in their thirties. Typically, menopause is considered to be the year before a woman stops her monthly cycle and for five more years thereafter. However, many women suffer from extreme menopausal adverse symptoms for up to ten years or more. Women who have had hysterectomies, but still have functioning ovaries, will still experience the slowing down and stopping of estrogen and may exhibit the first signs of menopause, as well. Menopausal conditions can be suspect for women in any of these ages and if the following physical signs present during the ages of thirty to sixty, a woman should contact her doctor to discuss the possibility and any treatments, if needed.
The most common sign that the body is slowing down estrogen production is irregular monthly cycles. Some women may skip several months and then have an unexpected period. Periods may also become heavier during this time, and discomforts and cramping can accompany these heavy flows. Another of the first signs of menopause is irritability. There are many jokes made about women losing their tempers during this change of life, but irrational crying and intense emotions are truly signs that hormones are decreasing and the body is changing. Hot flashes, night sweats, and interrupted sleeping patterns can affect the female during this time, and may also compound emotional issues. It should be noted that irritability is not depression, and the two should be distinct from one another. Depression is not generally a symptom associated with the change of life, and should be addressed by a doctor. Leg cramps, loss of hair, or a change in the hair's texture can indicate a loss of hormone production. Other first symptoms of menopause may be a loss libido or sexual functions, leading to frustrations in relationships.
At the first symptoms of menopause, a woman should speak with her doctor about what is happening to her body. Doctors can offer guidance in accumulating facts for a firm diagnosis. Medical professionals will most likely take a complete medical history of both the patient and the patient's mother. It will be important to rule out any other diseases that might need to be treated immediately. It may also take several months to narrow the diagnosis to a menopausal condition and keeping a diary of menstrual cycles and symptoms will help medical professionals better evaluate the physical condition.
Women can also draw upon the strength of the Lord during these difficult changes in life and at the first symptoms of menopause. The Lord understands the human body and knows what a female is going through, because the human body is designed by Him and for Him. Trusting in His emotional provision and strength can turn challenges into blessings. "I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord." (Psalms 40:1-3)
Early intervention may be necessary to help a woman better understand what is happening to her body, treat problematic symptoms, and make a plan for continued health later in life. Interventions can not only help prevent serious medical consequences, but interventions may also improve a woman's current conditions. When the first signs of menopause begin to appear, don't second guess or ignore these signs, but take charge of health and consult a doctor.