The Stages of Menopause & Common Symptoms

September 4, 2019
The Stages of Menopause & Common Symptoms Common Symptoms Many times, the most common symptoms of menopause aren’t noticeable right away. Each woman’s body is unique in its response to hormone imbalance & fluctuations. It’s important to pay attention to your body and watch for symptoms that start disrupting your quality of life. (There are hundreds of symptoms related to perimenopause and menopause.) Here’s a list of 22 common symptoms of hormone imbalances we see at MedStudio:
  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Dry skin
  • Vaginal dryness and/or painful sex
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Restless legs
  • Hair loss
  • Sleep issues
  • Depression or loss of joy
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety or nervousness
  • Mood swings
  • Migraine headaches
  • Palpitations
  • Fatigue
  • Weight control issues
  • Low sex drive
  • Poor focus
  • Memory lapses
  • Decreased exercise tolerance
  • Loss of muscle tone
  • Body and joint pain
  Stages of Menopause Menopause is a normal part of a woman’s life, just like puberty. But suffering with moderate to severe symptoms is not. Many women may notice changes in their bodies and this transition has three parts:
  • Perimenopause (peri means before)
  • Menopause (menses has paused)
  • Post-Menopause (post means after)
Changes usually begin with perimenopause and can start two to twenty years before a woman’s last menstrual period. Menopause comes next, the end of the menstrual periods. Traditional medicine says that after a full year (12 months) without a period, you are now through menopause. Once in menopause, always in menopause. Post-menopause follows menopause and lasts for the rest of a woman’s life. The average age for the last period is around 51. Some women, however, have the last period in their thirties or forties, and some have it in their late fifties.[1] Some women get to go through this process nice and smooth with little to no symptoms. But for others, it can completely disrupt their life and it’s not normal for them at all. A Note on Premature Menopause Unless you have a hysterectomy or other underlying medical condition that sets off premature menopause, the age when you will start perimenopause is simply unique to you. MedStudio offers natural therapies for women & men with unbalanced hormones that are suffering with moderate to severe symptoms.   Resources: [1] National Institutes of Health – National Institute on Aging, “Menopause.” https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/what-menopause