From menstrual cramps and mood swings to the painful nature of childbirth, women undergo a good amount of physical and emotional changes over their life. In many instances, these changes are good. Menstruation is essential for conception, and the pain of childbirth is quickly forgotten once the baby is born. Unfortunately, menopause is a change that most women feel offers no real benefit. While most women begin menopause in their 50s or later, 4 in every 100 women start menopause at a younger age. If you are noticing one or more of the following signs, you may be joining the group of women starting menopause.
One of the most common traits of menopause is the lack of a menstrual period. If your cycle is abnormal or it has stopped, you may be in the early stages of menopause.
If your cycle has run strict for most of your life, noticing a change will be simple. However, if your cycle has always been a bit abnormal, you may not even realize there is an abnormality.
Consider using a calendar to mark the first and last days of your period for a few months. Then, consult your gynecologist to allow a professional to determine if you are in the early stages of menopause or dealing with another medical issue.
The female body has the ability to create lubrication in the vaginal area, improving the feel and function of sexual intercourse. Unfortunately, the amount of lubrication can fluctuate due to various reasons. Stress, fatigue, certain medications, and various medical conditions can all decrease lubrication, making the vaginal area dry and uncomfortable.
Menopause decreases estrogen production, resulting in a massive hormonal imbalance. This imbalance leads to vaginal dryness among other things. If you are experiencing this decreased lubrication and discomfort while having sexual intercourse, contact your doctor for further testing.
Decreased Sex Drive
A decreased libido may occur due to many reasons including stress, fatigue, depression, diet, medicine, alcohol, and even relationship struggles. If a decreased sex drive seems to develop out of the blue, it may be due to the changing hormones during menopause.
During the early stages of menopause, you may not have a desire to have sexual intercourse, or you may struggle reaching orgasm. These changes are not life-threatening, but they can affect your emotional well-being. In many instances, a decreased libido can also negatively affect your relationship.
With the right diagnosis and treatment using diet and hormone replacements, you can live a normal life while going through menopause. Consult a gynecologist at a clinic like Womens Health Care if you are showing one or more of these early signs of menopause.