What are the symptoms of menopause? These include the reduction or complete elimination of the menstrual periods, hot flashes, and an increase in the body’s basal body temperature. Most women experience some of these symptoms, but for others, they are a fact of life during menopause. Some women will have severe or even life-threatening problems as a result of not recognizing the changes that happen as we move into the menopause transition period.
For most women, the natural menopause transition is smooth and rarely has any symptoms at all. The ovaries themselves do not change in size during this time nor do the hormones that are produced by the ovaries. This is the most natural part of the natural menopause. While no one can predict when the ovaries will stop producing hormones, as the ovaries stop producing the hormones that regulate menstruation, there is no obvious indication that they will stop functioning altogether.
Women who have normal ovulation cycles experience only small hormonal fluctuations, such as changes in estrogen levels. At no time does the estrogen levels change significantly enough to cause ovulation to occur less frequently or to affect a woman’s cervical shape or size in any way. If ovulation does occur, then the result is relatively stable, with the result being a fairly regular period each month. Therefore, there is no obvious reason that ovaries would suddenly stop functioning.
Other hormones that regulate menstruation and cervical shape also are produced throughout a woman’s lifetime, but they are not regulated by the ovaries. These hormones include progesterone and adrenalectin. While they help regulate many aspects of a woman’s life, including menstruation and hot flashes, they do not cause ovulation or affect cervical size. Neither do they contribute to the development of endometriosis or polycystic ovarian syndrome. Also, they are released in small amounts during peri-menopause and can be stored in fat cells. None of these situations can cause an ovary to fail.
One of the most common reasons for the occurrence of irregular periods is that the perimenopause transition period has occurred. During this time, a woman may experience a large amount of abdominal pain, especially when performing normal household chores. Also, her menstrual cycle may become unpredictable, with no clear period pattern being established. This can make it difficult to predict ovulation and can sometimes lead to complications with conception.
In addition to experiencing irregular periods, some women have other symptoms that occur along with the menopause transition. Many of these relate to emotional changes that take place. Women report feeling less emotionally connected and less tolerant of stress, anger, and depression. Many experience severe changes in their social and emotional functioning. They also report having increased tension, insomnia, fatigue and difficulty falling asleep. Some women find that they cannot eat properly, are no longer interested in sexual intercourse or are unable to remain sober.
Other symptoms that occur in women who are going through the menopause include hot flashes, which can be triggered by anything from exercise, extreme temperature changes or even stress. When ovulation occurs, the ovaries produce estrogen. As estrogen levels drop with age, women experience hot flashes. On the other hand, during perimenopause, the ovaries do not make any estrogen, so hot flashes are triggered instead.
One of the main indicators that a woman is experiencing the perimenopause is the appearance of facial hair. Women will often shave their faces or draw facial hair on their upper lip as part of coping with the symptoms of menopause. This can be very difficult to do when you think that this is a normal part of your life, as it can be very unappealing. Fortunately, there are ways to combat this problem, such as using special cream to prevent new hair growth.