Understanding menopause is not just for women. Although it is
generally thought of as a subject only for women.
men can benefit as well by understanding the
symptoms, stages and changes their significant other is going through.
Of course, I
have always said that men go through their own menopause as well.
like women, as men age their hormones are changing and can impact how
and what they feel.
The jury is still out on whether or not men go through an official
However doctors are seeing some patients with common symptoms
and relief of these symptoms when on a male hormone (testosterone)
Stages of Menopause
menopause starts with knowing the various stages. Menopause, often
called the “change of life”, is the point in a woman's
life in which menstrual periods have stopped – for good.
You are not
officially in menopause until you have had no periods for a total of 12
So if you have had a few skipped periods here and there, and if this is
not defined as menopause, then exactly what are you experiencing?
there are actually different stages of menopause which include;
- Post Menopause
Read this article to learn more about the understanding
menopause symptoms is the next thing to know in order to fully
understand what you may experience during the different stages.
The one thing most women dread about menopause are the symptoms. Will
you get hot flashes or night sweats?
Will your periods become erratic
and irregular? Will I be irritable and moody?
All of these are things that run through your mind. The fact is most
women experience some level of symptoms during the different stages of
Which symptoms and how severe is unique to each woman.
of the symptoms of menopause are caused by the changes in our hormones;
primarily estrogen and progesterone. Some of the more common symptoms
- Hot Flashes and Night Sweats
- Mood Swings and Irritability
- Loss of Libido and Vaginal Dryness
- Irregular Periods
If you are not sure if what you are feeling is a symptom or something
more serious, be sure to talk with your doctor. Read this article to
learn more about some of the common menopause symptoms
Changes During Menopause
The last thing to understanding menopause are the different changes you
Although some menopausal symptoms are common and
we have all heard
about them (like night sweats, mood swings and weight gain), others may
not be as common.
The changes you go through during menopause go beyond
the mood swings and hot flashes.
You could experience painful changes like breast pain, headaches, joint
pains and muscle tension or even itchy skin.
Not all the changes are
physically painful but can be mentally straining. Some common changes
- Hair Loss / Unwanted Facial Hair
- Trouble Sleeping
- Dizziness or Loss of Concentration
Read this article on changes during menopause
understand what you may experience.
The more you know and understand about menopause the easier it will be
for you and your significant other to get through this time in your
Talk to your doctor if you are unsure of any symptoms or changes
you are going through.
Another symptom and/or change you may experience is putting on some pounds. Weight gain after menopause
is common for many women.
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