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Body Changes: 13 Signs that Menopause is Coming

Just like the start of me.nstruation during pub.erty, menopause is a normal part of every woman’s life - it is the time when your menstrual period ends permanently and you are no longer able to bear children.

Some women feel relieved with this because it means that they no longer have to worry about unwanted pregnancy.

But for most women, the onset of menopause is dreadful because of the stressful changes that it does to the body.

Signs of men.opause 
During the months of perimenopause, you might notice the following symptoms below leading to the last day of your menstruation.
Menopause Cause Stress in Women 

However, take note that not everyone might experience the same symptoms due to different estrogen levels in the body.

#1 – Irregular periods. This is one of the first and most direct changes that you will notice. Your period will usually become irregular, which means it could be longer or shorter and heavier or lighter.

#2 – Vaginal dryness. Menopause may case vaginal dryness, a condition wherein the vagina’s natural lubrication is insufficient. This will make sexual intercourse feel uncomfortable.

#3 – Urinary incontinence. This is the loss of bladder control, which will cause urine to leak whenever you cough, sneeze, or don’t make it to the toilet on time.

#4 – Sleep problems. One of the signs of menopause that women also experience is having trouble getting sleep – it could be having trouble falling asleep or waking up too early.

#5 – Changes in sex drive. Going through a whole year without your period could spike up your interest in sex with the thought of not getting pregnant, or make you totally disinterested.

#6 – Mood changes. During this time, you may also feel very irritable and moody, possibly due to stress and hormonal changes.

#7 – Hot flashes. These are sudden feelings of heat in the body, followed by blotching, sweating, and shivering. Most hot flashes last from 10 to 30 minutes.

#8 – Night sweats. Night sweats are similar to hot flashes, but happen during sleep and could be strong enough to wake you up.

#9 – Weight gain. The hormonal changes brought by menopause may cause weight gain around your abdomen, thighs, and hips.

#10 – Thinning hair. Since hormones are also responsible for growth and repair, the imbalance of estrogen during menopause may cause hair thinning.

#11 – Swollen, tender breasts. The swelling of the breasts are one of the first symptoms of menopause, which is also caused by changing estrogen levels.

#12 – Joint pains. The joints are also affected by the fluctuation of estrogen levels in the body during menopause, causing pain in the shoulders, neck, jaws, and elbows.

#13 – Memory loss. Some women experience short-term memory loss during menopause due to declining estrogen levels and increasing stress.

What herbal remedies can one take?
Menopause is a natural biological process that every woman goes through. You may be able to make your journey through menopause a bit more comfortable by using these herbs as a remedy for your pain and discomfort

#1 – Green Tea. Drinking a hot cup of green tea may help relieve hot flashes, night sweats, fatigue, and anxiety. Green tea can also help reduce stress and pain because of L-theanine, an amino acid that has anti-anxiety effects.

#2 – Valerian Root. As a phytoestrogenic plant (a chemical compound containing estrogen and is naturally-occurring in plants), Valerian root can help alleviate hot flashes, sleeplessness, and mental disorders.

#3 – Black Cohosh. Made from the root of the black cohosh plant, it is used as a support formula to lessen the discomfort of menopausal women. It can also help prevent depression associated with menopause.

#4 – Soy. Adding soy to your daily diet during perimenopause can work wonders to relieve your muscle pain and other symptoms. Soy contains isoflavones, a type of phytoestrogen, which can supplement estrogen loss in the body.

#5 – Ginseng. Ginseng is thought to be able to help you get a good night’s sleep because of the saponins and ginsenosides which promote better sleep and combat stress, along with its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. - Online Sources 

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