Menopause is reached when a women has gone twelve consecutive months
without a menstural cycle.
By this point most menopausal symptoms have already
been experienced and are either done or declining.
Irregular periods occurs prior to reaching menopause.
Almost all women will experience
irregular periods during perimenopause. In fact, only about
10% of women will reach menopause without ever missing a period.
During this time women can experience irregular menstrual cycles.
month you may have an extremely short period lasting just a few days or
can last for several weeks.
You may also see changes in the intensity
of your menstrual flow. One month the bleeding may be very light (just
The next next month you may experience an extremely heavy
flow that can be accompanied by blood clots.
If you are not sure if your erratic periods are due to menopause
or something more serious, consult with your doctor for advise.
Loss of Libido
loss of sex drive is very common during menopause and effect 20 to 40%
women. The primary cause for the loss of sexual desire is hormonal.
a women progresses through menopause, the body begins to decrease
production of estrogen, progesterone and testosterone (or androgens).
This decreased production can reduce a woman's sex drive, cause vaginal
dryness and hot flashes and night sweats.
Although hormonal changes are the
primary reason for this menopause symptom there are other causes that
physical, psychological and relational causes.
hysterectomy, medications, medical diseases, fatigue and stress just to
name a few.
the estrogen levels drop, your vaginal tissue becomes dry and you lose
some of the elasticity. The elasticity is what allows
women to give birth and have sex comfortably.
Additionally, your vagina
begins to atrophy, or become smaller in width and length. This is also
due to the lower levels of estrogen.
With vaginal dryness sex can
become uncomfortable and it may take longer to become lubricated.
addition to the dryness a woman may experience vaginal itching, light
bleeding during or after sex, painful sex and a general discomfort.
vaginal dryness can be minimized with treatment.
The treatments for
this menopause symptom can be
as simple as an over the counter lubricant or natural supplements to
help with the declining estrogen levels.
Or you can go more extreme
(with higher risks) and consult with your doctor about a hormone
replacement therapy (HRT).
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