Some women, for various reasons, are looking forward to menopause. They ask, when can I expect menopause? Now for me, menopause does not bring high hopes, as my grandmother suffered terribly for 40 years with menopause. On the flip side, I have had several nurse friends that have been suffering with debilitating menstrual cycles and other hormonal issues and undergone multiple, unsuccessful procedures, that make them see menopause as the Holy Grail! For them, menopause, with all of its symptoms, is seen as a welcomed relief.
Menopause, the cessation of menstrual cycles caused by the decrease in female hormones, is a natural part of life that typically begins in a woman’s 40’s. Some women experience early menopause, with symptoms beginning in their 30’s. We all have our own internal clock that will switch menopause on and off as we are programmed to do. Menopause start time is as individual as the start of the first period. Our genes, as well as external stimuli influence the start of menopause.
It is important that women educate themselves about menopause just as you would any other health issue. Typically, the first symptoms of menopause are irregular menstrual cycles. The time between cycles widens over time. Other early symptoms can also include mood swings, anxiety, sleep disturbances, decreased libido, and weight gain. Now, these secondary symptoms can be missed and associated with other things, like increased stress, as they are vague. It is important to note that not all women experience all symptoms.
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