Menopause usually starts around 50. It is the period when a woman is transitioning from a reproductive to a non-reproductive phase in life. A key indicator of menopause is the absence of a menstrual period for at least one year.
Menopause doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a slow phase and is different for each woman. Actually, women can notice the first sign of menopause ten years before the beginning of this phase of their life. Some women think that life is easier because you don’t have to mark the calendar every month, don’t have to shop for hygienic products and you don’t have to deal with menstrual cycles. Unfortunately, women can face some problems during menopause period:
One of the most common problems after the menopause is the weight gain. But don’t worry, this doesn’t happen all of sudden, but gradually. According to some statistics, women usually gain an average of 5 pounds, but some women can gain 15-25 pounds.
Weight gain is not a good because it can lead to serious consequences to your health. Additionally, it increases your risk for Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, depression, and breast cancer. So, specialists recommend a balanced diet and regular exercise.
Numerous of women face with disturbed sleep and nighttime hot flashes because during this period there is a significant drop in estrogen and progesterone levels.
Menopause can affect sleep in 3 major ways:
- The first way is menopause-related insomnia and a menopausal-related mood disorder.
- The second way is sleep-disordered breathing.
- The third way is an increase in the development of fibromyalgia.
The best way to deal with this hormone-related sleep problems is a nice relaxing hot bath of about 30 minutes before bed.
Frequent Mood Swings
During the menopause, hormones can lead to changes in brain chemistry.
Depression and mood disorders can be debilitating. Depression is not the first sign of menopause but some women become more vulnerable to depression during this period.
You can easily deal with this problem with a healthy diet, meditation, deep breathing, proper sleep and support from family and friends.
Osteoporosis and bone loss are common in women over the age of 50.
After the age of 35, your body starts to change. Gradual loss of bone mass can lead to osteoporosis. Your bones to become fragile and more likely to break.
The hormone estrogen is very important for bones. During the menopause, the ovaries stop producing estrogen, and you start losing bone more rapidly.
Hot Flashes Continue for Years
One of the most common problems of menopause is hot flashes. These hot flashes do not stop quickly. Sometimes, they can last for years.
Hot flashes may start during pre-menopause (the period around the onset of menopause). Sometimes, women, they may start after the last menstrual period occurred.
The sudden drop and rise in body temperature can affect daily life. This can lead to feelings of anxiety and heart palpitations. Hot flashes can happen during sleep, and they may disrupt your sleep, causing mood changes and fatigue.
In order to avoid hot flashes, you should avoid caffeine, alcohol, stressful situations, warm air temperature, spicy food, hot beverages, and some medications.