Sometimes, some of the hardest things for an individual to handle are those things that they have no choice but to deal with. Menopause, and pre-menopause that comes before it, is one of those things in life that cannot be avoided and is different for every person that goes through it. Pre-menopause may start as early as early to mid-thirties for some women and much later for others, but the symptoms that accompany pre-menopause can be pretty common for everyone that has to deal with them. Symptoms of pre-menopause may also vary from very mild to extremely severe.
Pre-menopausal symptoms can last up to eight years, and begin as early as your thirties and acts as a transition stage for your body as it goes into menopause. Caused by hormonal imbalances from changes in menstruation and the reproductive cycle, symptoms of pre-menopause can often be mistaken for something else entirely. Some of the most common symptoms include weight gain, depression, headaches, irregular periods, mood swings, unexplained irritability and a decrease in sexual desires. The list of pre-menopause symptoms is actually quite long, and can be as severe as uterine fibroids and unstable blood sugar levels. It always helps to remember that symptoms are just that, however, and they can be treated in order to make pre-menopause a little more tolerable.
Sometimes treatment for symptoms of pre-menopause can be as simple as hormone replacement creams or pills in order to alleviate some of the symptoms that you are experiencing. Anti-depressants are a common relief for some pre-menopausal symptoms, and hormone therapy can help to balance progesterone and estrogen levels in order to level out the playing field going on inside your body. No matter what kind of treatment that you and your doctor may find most useful, pre-menopause symptoms will not last forever. They are simply a cushion for the changes that are still being made inside your body, so that you are not over whelmed by all of the changes going on at once.
Although depression, achy joints and a sudden low tolerance for stress may seem inconvenient and more than you can handle, there are several different treatment options to help ease the symptoms of pre-menopause. One of life’s dreaded certainties, pre-menopause is certain to wait for you, a road block in life with no detour, but symptoms can be lifted to make the transition into menopause a little easier to bear. It is important to remember that changes in your menstrual cycle may not be the first symptom of pre-menopause, and that the combination of symptoms should not be taken into your own hands without the guidance of a professional. Depression especially can be hard to handle and if not dealt with carefully can add mental struggles to the physical challenges that lie ahead.
Post Menopausal Symptoms
You have finally made it through menopause. It seems to last for years, and yet there is finally an end to menopause in sight. But what comes next? Normal life as you know it is now changing and not just physically. For some women the light at the end of the tunnel may be a little further away than most, however. Physical symptoms that appear post menopause may appear obvious, while the mental symptoms may ease or go away entirely (in most cases). Post menopause symptoms that do appear are not always cut and dry, however. Some post menopause symptoms are not in any way related to menopause, but in fact have their own underlying causes and the need to see a doctor is always important.
In most cases, periods and all related reproductive functions stop and all of the symptoms that occur with menopause start to go away during post menopause. Hormone levels start to level out and our emotions start to come back to Earth. But in some cases there are several menopause symptoms that follow you into post menopause. Post menopause symptoms do not occur with everyone, however. Some women may have them and some may not, and the ones that do have post menopause symptoms may have symptoms that are quite similar to the ones that they experienced when going through menopause. The most common symptoms that occur during post menopause include hot flashes, vaginal bleeding and dryness and bladder infections. How long post menopause symptoms last can also vary greatly from one woman to the next.
Some women may be lucky enough to experience post menopause symptoms for only two or three months, where others can last several years. Talking to your doctor about treatment can help relieve some of these symptoms and can also determine if there is an underlying cause for post menopause symptoms that should be addressed, such as cysts. In severe cases, your doctor may recommend more hormone therapy or even a hysterectomy, but for mild symptoms there are many natural remedies that can help relieve post menopause symptoms.
For those women that do not have to relive the years of menopause that they have already been through, living life just got a little bit easier. No more periods or bloating to get in the way of having a good time. For those with post menopause symptoms, whether they are mild or severe or even somewhere in between, there are treatments available (maybe even the same as you had during menopause) that can help. Post menopause, like pre-menopause and menopause, does not last forever, and it is important to keep up with your doctor to make sure that the treatments that you receive are the right ones.
From jobs and houses, to newer cars and clothes, changes occur all of the time in our lives. Some changes are dreaded much more than others, however. The “change of life,” for instance, is a really big deal for almost everyone, men and women alike. Menopause can be a very stressful and emotional time in a woman’s life, and sometimes even painful, and there are many signs to watch for that let you know that it is coming.