The symptoms of menopause vary from one woman to the next. If you’re just now entering menopause or approaching that age, you’ve probably started wondering if all the rumors are about hot flushes, loss of libido, and weight gain are true. Certainly they’re exaggerated, right? Well, there’s always hope. For most women, though, at least a few of the typical symptoms of menopause do show up. Here’s a little of what you can expect as you enter menopause.
This is usually the first and probably the most obvious sign that something about your hormone levels has changed. Women going through menopause and perimenopause may experience missing or more frequent periods, heavy periods, longer periods or a combination. Like menarche, it’s largely an individual thing, though what your mother experienced can give you some indication of what’s in store for you.
Hot flushes and night sweats
The butt of so many menopause jokes and cartoons, hot flushes and night sweats are one of the better known symptoms of menopause, yet few women know exactly what causes them.
During menopause, your hormone levels become unbalanced and this fools your body’s heat-regulating system into thinking you’re too warm. To dispel this extra warmth, your body sends out signals to increase your heart rate and open your sweat glands, giving you a rush of heat and perspiration.
Progesterone is what keeps the membranes in your vaginal area moist, supple, and at a pH level that wards of bacterial infection. With less progesterone in your body, these membranes dry out and become thinner. Not only is it uncomfortable, it also puts you at greater risk for yeast and urinary tract infections.
Bladder control problems
One of the most frustrating symptoms of menopause is frequent urination and a weak bladder. This problem comes from the fact that progesterone also helps keep the lining of the bladder and the urethra healthy. Without enough progesterone , these muscles weaken can you end up with a bladder control problem.
Sound like enough problems? Well, unfortunately, this isn’t a complete list. Some women also experience thinning hair, facial hair growth, trouble sleeping (a major problem for many), and mood swings. The good news, though, is that all of these symptoms have proven-effective natural treatments available that can help reduce the discomfort and inconvenience they cause. These include things like herbal remedies that support the female reproductive system, stress-management techniques like meditation, and natural hormone replacement treatments made from plant progesterone .
Natural Progesterone for Relief of Symptoms of Menopause
The most effective treatment I have used is natural progesterone cream. This natural product is an excellent alternative to HRT and is very safe. It is also quick and easy to use and most women report relief from their symptoms within days of starting to use it.