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Irregular Periods

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.

One 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 spotting).

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 symptoms or something more serious, consult with your doctor for advise.

Loss of Libido

A loss of sex drive is very common during menopause and effect 20 to 40% of women. The primary cause for the loss of sexual desire is hormonal.

elderly romantic coupleAs 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 include physical, psychological and relational causes.

These include hysterectomy, medications, medical diseases, fatigue and stress just to name a few.

Vaginal Dryness

As 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.

In addition to the dryness a woman may experience vaginal itching, light bleeding during or after sex, painful sex and a general discomfort.

Fortunately, 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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