Are you experiencing hot flushes, rapid changes in mood or sleep disturbances? You may be going through menopause.
Menopause doesn’t occur overnight, it’s gradual and most women experience it between the ages of 45 and 55.
As menopause progresses, a woman may notice changes in her menstrual cycle. Menstruation will fluctuate and may become longer, shorter, lighter or heavier.
Eventually the hormone levels fall to a point where menstruation ceases altogether.
Other symptoms of menopause include
Vaginal changes including dryness, itching, or burning
Sleep disturbances and night sweats
Emotional changes including irritability or mood swings
Several chronic medical conditions tend to appear after menopause. It’s important for women to become aware to minimize the risk.
Things to be conscious of include
loss of estrogen from menopause increases your risk of osteoporosis. Your bones may become brittle and weak, leading to an increased risk of fractures. Engage in regular, weight-bearing exercises to keep your bones strong.
As your oestrogen levels decline, your risk of cardiovascular disease increases. Make sure to get regular check ups with your doctor.
Some women may experience urinary incontinence. As the tissues of your vagina and urethra lose their elasticity, you may experience urine leakage when you’re coughing, laughing or lifting.