Women gain weight around the menopause time and they often experience mood swings. They are found to be irritable and less balanced. Hormones and their regulation play a significant role in women during the menopause stage. Women with regular exercise and a balanced diet are better equipped to tackle this phase and so it is always recommended to lead active lives.
What Is Menopause?
Menopause means the permanent end of menstruation and it happens due to the decline of sex hormones. The age and symptoms may vary from woman to woman.
What Is Perimenopause?
It is the transitional phase leading to menopause and to put it simply it is several years before menopause. It is during this phase that rapid decline of the hormones starts and it culminates in menopause. It also signals the ending of the reproductive age in women. It usually occurs 3-4 years before menopause. It is during this period that ovaries start reducing the amount of estrogen produced.
It occurs during mid-forties or late forties and the age may differ greatly from woman to woman. During this period a woman may experience change in her menstrual cycle.
Symptoms Associated With Perimenopause
The symptoms and the age of the onset of Perimenopause varies from woman to woman but still there are some common symptoms and they are
- Change in the length and flow of the periods.
- Hot flushes.
- Constant tiredness and loss of zest.
- Decreased sex drive.
- Vaginal dryness.
- Breast tenderness.
- Mood swings.
- Severe anxiety and depression.
- Urinary incontinence.
- Aches in joints.
- Muscular pain.
- Weight gain.
The main cause of these mood swings may be due to sleep disturbance due to hot flushes. It may not be due to hormonal factors and most women undergo midlife crisis during this period. Sometimes it might …