Self Identifying Symptoms of Menopause
So, you have reached your middle years and are noticing some changes in your body or your mental function and are wondering if you’re finally going through the “change” otherwise known as menopause. Menopause is the cessation of menstruation and the end of reproductive function in a woman. This process can be rather complex and can also be uncomfortable as well. Here are some symptoms you can use if you are trying to figure out if you are in menopause or not.
- Cessation or extreme change in periods
- Hot flashes
- Dramatic mood swings
- Weight gain around middle
- Thinning skin
- Accelerated aging
- Vaginal dryness
- Loss of libido
- Mental fog
- Thicker body hair
Estrogen is one of the three major hormones, and many of the menopause symptoms are caused by a lessening of this essential hormone. Estrogen is what is in charge of your secondary sex characteristics like breasts as well as your reproductive function. When your estrogen levels get low, you may notice difficulty with your verbal ability, hot flashes, mental fog and mood swings.
Progesterone is another major hormone, and this one is responsible for your aging as a female as well as your ability to reproduce. If your progesterone is low, you will notice that you begin to age faster, and your hair will gray more quickly and you will develop more wrinkles.
Testosterone is known as a male hormone, but is crucial to feminine function as well. Testosterone is in charge of your energy levels, your sex drive and your hair growth. Sometimes menopausal women will have the proper amounts of testosterone but low estrogen and this leads to faster and thicker body hair. However, too little testosterone leads to a lack of libido and to fatigue.
For those who are experiencing menopause symptoms, especially if you notice that you have clusters of symptoms, you need to visit with your doctor, as many of your organs depend on the proper levels of hormones to function at full capability. In addition, some women may experience a dramatic rise in cholesterol levels at the start of menopause and will need to get a complete checkup to ensure that you are fully healthy.
When self-testing yourself for menopause, be sure to do your research and keep a log of the symptoms, the severity and the commonness of occurrence. This will help you monitor your health and your changing hormones so you can receive the proper care to stay healthy.