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Changes During Menopause

Changes During Menopause Continued...

Hair Loss and Gain

This is one change during menopause women may notice before any other menopausal 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

Trouble sleeping is just one of many changes during menopause that women experience.

You may find yourself awakening several nights as you transition into menopause.

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 menopause.

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 difficult.






In addition to understanding these changes during menopause, be sure to read about the stages of menopause.

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