The signs of early menopause are disturbing and disheartening as they mark a severe change in the biological life of women. Menopause is most evidently the inevitable phase in the life of a woman and one cannot escape the phase. It is important to consult a gynaecologist when a woman experiences the symptoms of menopause.
1. Night sweats and hot flashes
Women going through menopausal phase experience hot flashes. Hot flash refers to the condition when the body feels unnaturally warm, especially in chest and head. The experience sometimes ends in flushing and at other times in perspiration. Hot flashes last generally for period of thirty seconds and sometimes for a number of minutes together. This occurs because the estrogen levels decline causing biochemical and hormonal fluctuations. Hot flashes are at times associated with night sweats sometimes to the extent of being drenching at times. This can result in awakening and the woman finds it difficult to fall asleep again.
2. Irregular monthly cycles
The signs of early menopause can also be seen in irregularity of monthly cycles. While some women face very few problems associated with abnormal bleeding at the time of menopause, some women can go through heavy periods. The monthly cycles can shorten for some women in duration in which case the women would have more frequent cycles than are regular. Contrarily, the cycles can also occur at a larger-than-normal gap for other women. In some case a woman undergoing menopause can also have a cycle after several months.
3. Urinary symptoms
The urethral lining also undergoes changes during the menopausal phase in a woman. The estrogen levels decline and the urethral lining loses elasticity and becomes thinner and drier. As a consequence, the urinary tract becomes more vulnerable to contracting infections, some leading to urine incontinence. The incontinence can result from performing physically exhaustive or stressful works.
4. Emotions and mood swings
Various thoughts and mood swings with no apparent reason are also the signs of early menopause. The symptoms can include irritability, memory problems, fatigue, and rapid mood swings. The symptoms are an overall reaction of the change in the hormonal activities. These symptoms are so natural that it becomes difficult at most times for women to relate the reason to a menopausal phase. The night sweats disturbing sleep can create sleep deficit causing a lack of freshness and irritability to last throughout the day.
5. Physical changes
Women undergoing menopause are more likely to gain weight. The fat deposition system of the body of the woman can also undergo changes. The fat can be deposited more in the abdomen and waist than in the thighs and hips. In some women the texture of the skin changes resulting in wrinkles and adult acne.
The signs of early menopause should be known to every woman so that she can cope with the problem by proper medical care.