Recognizing The Beginning Stages Of Menopause
We women are blessed with estrogen-filled body cells, which sets us up for changes along life’s pathway. I always say, “aren’t we just sooo lucky?” First we got a “menstrual cycle”, even before our moms said we were old enough to wear makeup! Along came cramps, bloating, fatigue, and generally feeling like heck. When we got used to that, we experienced PMS, (which we thought stood for “Practically a Murderer Sometimes”). You threatened your loved ones when they tried to tell you! Defensive, argumentative, antisocial…that was you in “pre-menstrual syndrome”. First we get “cycles”, then “syndromes”, then we get “stages”. Let’s talk about that in detail.
You may be experiencing the beginning stages of menopause, if you’re over 35 and find yourself with a new set of symptoms. Irregularity of periods. Fluctuating hormones. You can’t get a decent night’s sleep. In the morning, you’re soaking wet from sweating all night. Then you’re forgetful. Tired. HOT. Here’s how to recognize the beginning stages of menopause, also known as perimenopause, which can last from a few months to many years: irregularity in periods, forgetfulness, trouble sleeping, moodiness, weight gain, night sweats, hot flashes and more.
Because of erratic fluctuations in your hormones, your estrogen levels fall, your blood vessels dilate, and blood rushes to the surface of your skin. You think you might be blushing, which you are, and that you’re on fire, which you’re not. Keep cool by managing your stress, avoiding trigger-foods like caffeine and spicy stuff. Also, avoid hot-flash trigger-activities like cooking, ironing, and removing clothes from a hot dryer.
When you can recognize the beginning stages of menopause, and that 85% of American women cope with them too, you’ll be able to understand, accept and manage the changes your body is naturally experiencing. From the cycles of child-bearing, to syndromes of menstruation, to stages of the ending of menopause. I still say, “Aren’t we are just sooo lucky?”