Menopause can be a stressful time for women as they try to accommodate the changes that their bodies experience with age. While the female body is no stranger to hormone level fluctuations, women often experience various menopausal symptoms as they reach midlife and can find it to be overwhelming.
Often women can feel uncertain as to whether they are experiencing menopause symptoms or merely the results of the natural aging process. Below we’ll look at some of the common menopause symptoms.
Common Menopause Symptoms
During menopause, it’s common to experience different systems like those listed below.
Changes in Your Menstrual Cycle
Noticing a difference in the menstrual cycle is typically the earliest menopause symptoms that women see. Periods may become shorter or longer, and they may stop occurring regularly. You may also bleed more or less than usual.
Hot flashes are described as a sudden feeling of heat in the body that many women experience from the changing levels of estrogen. The severity varies, but intense hot flashes can result in heavy sweating and cold shivering. Most hot flashes only last between 30 seconds and ten minutes.
Vaginal Health and Bladder Control Issues
A common menopause symptom is a vaginal dryness. Other health problems, such as vaginal or bladder infections are also common. Some women also experience incontinence or loss of bladder control and leakage during exercise, sneezing, or laughing.
Changes in Mood or Sleep
Many women experience more difficulty in getting deep, restful sleep during menopause. It may not be as easy for you to fall asleep, or you may not stay asleep as long. You may also feel moodier and more irritable, though medical researchers aren’t entirely sure of the relationship between menopause and irritability.
Women’s Physicians of Jacksonville
It’s important to schedule regular visits with your doctor to address any medical concerns or receive preventive care during and after menopause. At Women’s Physicians of Jacksonville, our focus is to provide all patients with a comprehensive, state-of-the-art gynecologic and obstetrical care throughout every phase of life.
As a division of North Florida Ob-Gyn, we specialize in delivering menopausal care in a warm and individualized environment to women across Northeast Florida. If you are experiencing menopause symptoms, contact us today to discover more about how our team of physicians can help!