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Menopausal Symptoms

Saturday, June 9th 2012. | Menopause, Uterine system

It is important to differentiate between symptoms appearing until the cessation of menstruation and disorders due to a prolonged deficiency in estrogen.

The Climacteric 

Disorders that occur during menopause (climacteric) are due to the relatively rapid decline in estrogen levels. A third of women complained of symptoms that have strong value of disease, one third mentioned mild conditions and another third say they do not suffer from virtually no symptoms. The duration of these symptoms is very variable, it can range from months to several years.

Factors that increase the risk of suffering from severe menopausal problems are :

  • Vasomotor symptoms‘ called’ hot flushes, Sweating access, Dizziness
  • Blood disorders : low bleeding, abundant, long, light bleeding before and after menstruation, irregular cycles, lack of bleeding
  • Sleep disorders
  • The reduced fertility and sexual function disorders: about half of the women complained of reduced sexual desire, 20-45% suffer from disorders of arousal, 26-30% of disorders orgasm and 20-45% of pain during sex
  • Mental and emotional instability, depressed mood, impaired memory


The first hot flashes usually appear during the night in the form of access of sweat and disrupt sleep. Hot flashes that occur after drinking coffee or situations of emotional arousal indicate that these symptoms may be due to menopause.

If feelings of warmth appear, especially during the day, and can not be attributed to specific events, it is unlikely that hormonal changes are the cause.

The time of onset of non-specific disorders helps to identify if they are symptoms related to hormonal changes or not. Weight gain and water retention observed mainly before menstrual bleeding and disappear after the rules are also a sign of hormonal imbalance, often caused by progesterone deficiency.

Women should not bring himself to accept these symptoms! Ask yourgynecologist about treatment possible. This treatment can be prescribed on ashort-term but also longer term to prevent the subsequent development ofdegenerative disorders.

Degenerative changes associated with aging

Ovarian hormones, particularly estrogen and progesterone, are protective against several diseases. An example would be that female sex hormones in younger women contribute significantly to reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular disease.
Stopping the production of progesterone and estrogen after menopause can accelerate the following disorders :
  • Bone and joint disorders (osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, joint pain)
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Weight gain
  • Changes in skin and hair (wrinkles, hair loss or growth of hair on troublesome areas unusual)
  • Pain in the genital or urinary tract: Vaginal dryness, incontinence and recurrent urinary tract infections
The judgment of the hormone production process is a “normal” age-related. However, it can greatly affect the quality of life for women after menopause and increased risk of developing certain diseases. Since these problems do not appear until years after menopause, the time to establish a preventive hormonal treatment is sufficiently long (see Hormonal treatment therapy).
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