Menopause is the normal process through which every woman has to pass. The time when the woman’s body alters or halts the monthly menstrual cycle is known as menopause. Menopause is often reckoned as ‘the big change’ in the life of a woman. Menopause hits a women usually in their late 40’s and 50’s. If a woman stops having her period before that it is known as premature menopause.
The most common symptom of premature menopause is when the woman’s body stops having the monthly menstrual cycle or the monthly cycle becomes irregular. But this is not it, there are many more symptoms that accompany premature menopause.
Most Common Signs Of Premature Menopause
Irregularity in Menstrual Cycle
The menstrual cycle is determined by the ovaries. The hormones are responsible for the production of female eggs through ovulation. Premature menopause causes an imbalance of hormones which causes a disturbance in the monthly cycle causing them to occur early or late.
Irregular menstrual cycle is common amongst individuals with improper diets and lack of nutrition. However, irregularity in menstrual cycle is the most prominent symptom of premature menopause.
Menstrual cramps and PMS
Every woman having menstrual cycle experiences PMS. Someone going through premature menopause experiences an increased frequency and intensity of PMS and cramps. PMS is the most common kind of hormonal irregularity.
When a woman’s hormonal balance is even more strained due to premature menopause, the PMS becomes even more discomforting. Stronger cramps or terrible mood swings caused due to PMS may be a sign of premature menopause.
Some people say that depression is just a state of the mind. However, studies have shown that depression may also be caused due to hormonal imbalance. Some hormones make people more aggressive others may make them calm. Premature menopause causes hormonal imbalance which leads to depression and aggressive behavior.
It is a misconception that estrogen deficiency during menopause results in hot flashes. If this was true then a woman will experience hot flashes from the start of menopause till the end of life. The real reason why a woman has hot flashes is because the body is trying to fight the hormonal imbalance by increasing the metabolic activity.
Extreme tiredness and Body Aches
The cause of extreme fatigue and body aches is not premature menopause itself but other symptoms that occur due to premature menopause.Depression and menstrual cramps results in insomnia and low levels of energy in body. While you are experiencing premature menopause if your diet lacks the essential nutrients then your body will experience tiredness all through the day.
The metabolism of our body is greatly affected by any fluctuation in hormonal levels. The menopausal imbalance may cause a sudden fall in the metabolic mechanism which is responsible for managing water retention and burning off excess fat. If you are feeling bloated along with irregular menstrual cycle then it just might be a sign of premature menopause.
Reduced vaginal lubrication
Premature menopause causes a drop in the levels of estrogen in the body. The reduced level of estrogen causes the vaginal walls to dry out. This makes coitus painful, and can result in a decline in sexual activity.
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