Changes During Menopause
During Menopause Continued...
Hair Loss and Gain
This is one change during menopause women may notice before any other
symptom. You may find your hair on your head and body is thinning. The
hair may also become dryer and more brittle.
If this wasn't bad enough, you may find you are getting hair where it
is unwanted – on your face!
These unwanted hairs are not your typical
soft almost invisible hairs that many women have.
Instead, the hair is
turning darker and more coarse which is a more typical characteristic
of a man's facial hair.
The reason for both thinning hair and the
unwanted hair is once again due to changes in your hormones,
particularly estrogen and testosterone levels.
When a woman is in her reproductive ages (premenopause) the estrogen
levels are higher than the testosterone levels.
However, as the
estrogen drops the ratio of estrogen to testosterone is no longer able
to keep the level of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) low.
It is this hormone
(DHT) that causes thinning of your hair on the head and body and the
growth of unwanted facial hairs.
Trouble sleeping is just one of many changes during menopause that
You may find yourself awakening several nights as you transition into
It was first believed that this disruption in sleeping was
due primarily to night sweats.
However, women without night sweats can
also have interrupted sleep.
Once again the estrogen and progesterone
hormones play a big role in your lack of sleep during perimenopause and
When estrogen levels decline, the production of magnesium slows down
which helps relax muscles.
Additionally, lower levels of estrogen have
been linked to sleeping disorders like sleep apnea and disturbing
breathing during sleep. Progesterone also impacts a woman's ability to
get a good nights sleep.
Declining levels of progesterone have been linked to the inability to
fall asleep within a ½ and insomnia. This is primarily due to the fact
that progesterone has a sleep inducing effect.
So as these levels
become lower, your ability to fall asleep and stay asleep become more
In addition to understanding these changes during menopause, be sure to read about the
stages of menopause
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Gain After Menopause
Gaining weight after going through menopause is not that uncommon. This doesn't mean you will gain weight, it just means you have to work
harder to lose the weight. Check out these tips to keep you from weight gain after menopause.
Loss Over 40
As we age our metabolism slows down. This can make losing weight even
harder. Use these tips to ensure you lose weight even after the age of 40.
These chair stretches are perfect for seniors or those with physical
limitations. You can even do these if you have had a long day and want to get off
your feet but still get in your daily stretching routine.