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Changes During Menopause

The changes during menopause are many. There are the common menopausal symptoms that many women experience.

These include hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, vaginal dryness, loss of libido and irregular periods.

These however are just the most common menopause changes and symptoms that a woman may experience.

If these symptoms weren't enough to make any sane person insane, there are many more changes that a woman may or may not experience during the stages of menopause.

These changes include feeling fatigued, anxious and depressed.

Additionally a woman may experience hair loss, sleeping disorders, difficulty concentrating, changes in body order and weight gain.

Here are some of the more common menopausal changes you may experience.
  • Irritability
  • Hair Loss
  • Facial Hair
  • Mental Confusion
  • Fatigue
  • Trouble Sleeping
  • Dizziness

To see each of these menopausal changes in more detail, scroll through the page to read them all.

Irritability

Irritability is one of the emotional mood swings women can experience.

But in addition to just being an occasional change in mood, some women will experience a more constant feeling of irritation when experiencing changes during menopause.

Just like many other menopausal symptoms, the primary cause for irritability is due to hormonal changes.

There are other factors however that can lead to this constant state of irritation.

Other menopausal symptoms can have an indirect effect on irritability such as;

  • Lack of sleep due to night sweats.
  • Hot flashes
  • Loss of libido (sex drive)
  • Changes in your body like hair loss or vaginal dryness.
  • Headaches, joint pain, sore breasts and other painful menopausal symptoms

It is not only menopause symptoms and the hormone changes that lead to the feeling of irritation. Things like a poor diet, lack of exercise, excess caffeine or alcohol and major life changes can add to this particular change during menopause.

To help reduce irritation, try some techniques like breathing exercises, taking walks, meditation, a calming hobby and setting up social activities with your friends.

Fatigue

Fatigue is one of the most common changes a woman will experience during perimenopause and menopause.

Chronic fatigue can disrupt your life at work and home. It can impact productivity at work, put a strain on relationships at home and basically turn your life upside down.

Fatigue can be described as a persistent feeling of weakness, lower energy levels and basically just feeling tired all the time.

Fatigue is not the same as being tired due to needing sleep, but rather a lack of energy when you are not  in need of sleep. Fatigue can be characterized as;

  • Decreased Attention
  • Irritability
  • Memory Lapses
  • Drowsiness
  • Feeling Apathetic

Like many other menopause changes women experience it is believed that the primary cause of fatigue is hormone changes. As your estrogen levels decrease, the feeling of fatigue can increase.

This is because certain hormones, including estrogen, help control energy levels. These hormones also help regulate the sleep cycle.

So not only is your energy level impacted, but your sleep schedule can be disrupted as well due to hormonal changes during menopause transition.





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

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