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About Menopause

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

Menopause can begin as early as your thirties and forties, and there are many warning signs of when it is about to come.  The symptoms that warn may feel worse than you imagined menopause to be, but menopause and the symptoms that come with it are actually a transition phase for your body.

Early Menopause  

As if going through menopause isn’t enough, there are some women and men that will go through early menopause, sometimes also referred to as premature menopause. Early menopause is often caused by surgery (such as a hysterectomy) or various cancer treatments that cause the ovaries to stop working, but it can also be caused by family history and viral infections before you were even born that left you predisposed to early menopause. Early menopause is a term used in reference to a woman’s age, and the symptoms are still very similar to those of pre-menopause and menopause.

 

Early menopause symptoms can begin as early as your twenties, depending on what has brought on this early change in your reproductive system, and can start as late as your early forties. Physical symptoms that appear include irregular periods, weight gain, headaches, breast tenderness and even an increase in facial hair and changes in the way your body smells. The emotional symptoms of early menopause are sometimes dealt with the hardest because there isn’t always a pill to make the symptoms disappear. These include mood swings, anxiety, difficulty concentrating and emotional detachment. Although not all symptoms of early menopause have a “cure,” there are many treatment and therapy options available to help alleviate some of the symptoms and make them easier to cope with.

 

Because early menopause symptoms are often caused by surgeries and treatments that are meant to help you, it is sometimes hard to trust any treatment that is given for the symptoms. Treatments for the symptoms of early menopause do not necessarily have to be done in the office or even by taking pills every day, however. There are some things that you can do at home that can help ease early menopause and some of the symptoms that come with it. Drinking herbal teas and learning how to calm yourself in stressful situations are only two ways to help ease restless nights and your low tolerance for stress. Although some symptoms of early menopause may be best treated by your doctor, traditional medicine is not the only way to ease the changes that you are going through.

 

As long as you have a solid support system, open communication with your doctor, and the strength to hold yourself together even in the toughest situations, getting through early menopause and the symptoms that let you know it has arrived can be much easier. Early menopause symptoms do not have to stop you from living, even if they do slow you down a little. One of the things to remember, to help with your emotional turmoil, is that symptoms of early menopause doesn’t make you any less of a woman. It just means that you don’t have as long as some women to start a family. 

Symptoms of pre-menopause begin because of the hormonal changes in the body caused by changes in the reproductive cycle. When reproduction slows down, hormone levels also change which is what actually causes pre-menopausal symptoms to appear. Menopause is not the only thing that can cause pre-menopause symptoms, however, so it is important to talk to your doctor for an accurate diagnosis. Almost any hormone imbalance can cause symptoms that can be confused with pre-menopause. Low progesterone levels or higher than normal estrogen levels caused by something other than menopause can also be the cause of pre-menopause symptoms.

 

Symptoms of pre-menopause can begin up to eight years before menopause actually starts, and typically begins with changing menstrual cycles. These initial symptoms include depression, headaches, weight gain, mood swings, and irregular periods. These are only a few of the most common symptoms experienced by women, and can often be mistaken for something else entirely. Regardless of what symptoms you begin to experience first, or how severe they are, it helps to remember that even though menopause (or pre-menopause) cannot be avoided, the symptoms that come with it can be treated. Because they are often caused primarily by a hormone imbalance, sometimes all it takes is hormone creams or a pill once a day in order to alleviate a majority of the symptoms that you experience.

 

Although there are many pills available to help ease the depression, aches and low tolerance for stress, there are also exercises and other calming agents that can help ease the symptoms of pre-menopause. Pre-menopause may be a fact of life and something that you have no choice but to deal with, but the symptoms that come with it can be dealt with without causing even more pain and side effects for you to put up with. No matter how long you have to deal with them, pre-menopause symptoms do not have to be the focus of your life and all that you do, as long as you take the time to take care of yourself.

Menopause In Men

Since Menopause is caused by a change in hormones, which is ultimately a natural result of the aging process and changes in the reproductive system that we must all go through. Men and women alike will experience symptoms of menopause as their body changes, and we all have to deal with it in similar manners. The difference between men and women, however, is that male menopause symptoms are more likely to go unnoticed for years before it is detected. Because the testosterone levels in men drop so gradually all through adulthood, some symptoms may never even appear.

 

Common symptoms of male menopause that are more noticeable when they do occur include changes in sleep, reduced sexual desire, more body fat, a decrease in self-confidence and even difficulty concentrating for long periods of time. Male menopause symptoms are quite similar to those of women, but in many cases they aren’t even detected because the process is much more gradual for men then for women. In some cases, the symptoms that are experienced are actually caused by other problems. It is important to look into all possible causes of your symptoms, such as thyroid problems, side effects of medication that you are taking and excessive alcohol use, because low testosterone may not always be the cause of what you are going through. The only way to know for certain that what you are experiencing is menopause is to talk to your doctor.

 

Once it is confirmed that you are experiencing male menopause symptoms, it is important to take care of yourself, and the symptoms, so that they do not become worse. Because symptoms of male menopause are so similar, when they are noticed, to those of women, the treatment options are much the same. It is always important to talk to your doctor about any treatment options, but a healthy change in diet and regular exercise can be a great way to give your body a natural boost of testosterone to ease some of the symptoms of male menopause. Hormone replacement is not always the safest option for male menopause symptoms, but it is a treatment option that can be discussed with your doctor.

 

No matter how long it takes to notice male menopause symptoms, or how mild they are, it is always important to make sure that low testosterone is the cause before you begin treatment. As with menopause for women, male menopause cannot really be avoided, only dealt with, so if symptoms do appear it is important to take them seriously. Male menopause symptoms may be only mild at best, but knowing your body and listening to your physician can make a huge difference in how well you cope with the coming years and the changes that you must go through.

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