Menopause Symptoms

Menopause naturally occurs in women aged between 45-55, though sometimes it can also start slightly earlier than this. The beginning of menopausal symptoms is often known as peri-menopause. The symptoms can vary and not all women feel all the symptoms, however, it is still apparent that it is a life changing event that will need extra special care and attention.

One of the first signs of menopause is a change in your monthly cycle. It can become heavier or lighter, and become more irregular as time goes on. Whilst some women may enjoy the thought of no longer having periods, amongst the symptoms are a few that we do not look forward to as they can cause much discomfort. These symptoms include:

  • Hot flushes
  • Headaches
  • Loss of libido
  • Night sweats
  • Sleeping problems
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Vaginal dryness, pain and itching
  • Mood changes
  • Palpitations
  • Dramatic ageing – your collagen levels drop increasing deep wrinkle formation and thinning of the skin

These symptoms typically last for a period of 2-5 years during which time your hormone levels decline and your ovaries cease to function as they once did. This prevents ovulation and brings with the inconvenient symptoms stated above. There are however lots of coping strategies for dealing with the indicators of menopause, though it is often a challenge to find the ones that work for you.

One point that is often not emphasised, is that your skin changes radically during menopause because your hormone changes also affect the skins ability to retain moisture and produce collagen.

The specific changes that contribute to this include:
• The stratum corneum, the outermost skin layer, reduces its water holding qualities and becomes dry leading to deep wrinkle formation.
• Collagen levels decrease causing a loss in skin thickness. Remaining cells expand to fill the space causing a transparency and fragility that can lead to wrinkles and micro-wounds.
• Hormonal changes significantly affect the skin’s elasticity leading to deep, permanent wrinkles.
In fact, as much as 30% of your skin collagen will be lost during this time so that’s why it’s important to limit the damage and initiate a skin care regime using products that will help to counteract the effects happening to your skin during and after the menopause.

See our ‘Lifestyle tips’ section to see how you can make subtle changes to your everyday activities in order to ease your body through this stage of your life. You should also see a health professional so that they can advise you of any medical solutions to help you cope in the initial stages, as some women find that menopause happens quite quickly and is often unwelcome, causing them to feel stressed and run down.

Our site aims to help you find the information you need to be able to ease the symptoms and allow you to get on with your everyday life. If you have any feedback or have any tips that we do not have on our site, please share them with us via our contact page so that we may share them with like-minded ladies.

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