The time before the menopause is also known as the peri-menopause and here are 5 key signs to watch out for when approaching menopause:
Low mood or anxiety 😥
Some women describe perimenopause as being a teenager again and not in the fun drink all night and not get a hangover way. During perimenopause and the menopause your ovaries begin to produce less and less oestrogen (sex hormones) and therefore that delicate hormone balance you’ve worked on your whole life gets thrown right out of whack. For many women increases in anxiety are one of the first symptoms they become aware of but as anxiety can be attributed to many things they often don’t associate this to the beginning of the menopause until other symptoms begin to kick in.
Loss of sex drive 🚫
Similarly linked the drop in the sex hormone oestrogen means that many women experience a loss in sex drive. Again this can be missed as a symptom as sex drive can change across the course of a normal menstrual cycle anyway and other things such as mood and energy levels can all impact our desire to get intimate.
Urinary Tract Infections (UTI's) 💧
Most women have experienced a UTI in their lives but during the run up to pregnancy these can become more frequent. That drop in hormones is wreaking havoc here as well as the drop in hormones can effect the walls of the urethra (the pipe your urine travels through) and this can cause symptoms like wanting to wee more often, burning and leakage of urine when coughing, sneezing and laughing.
Vaginal dryness 😖
Guess what im going to say here – oh yeah oestrogen gets a portion of the blame here as well. The drop in hormones can cause the tissues in the wall of the vagina to become thinner and they get irritated more easily. Some women find the use of creams and lubricants can help reduce this symptom and these are easily available in pharmacy’s and supermarkets
Headaches are a very personal affair. Causes can differ from person to person and hormonal headaches are no different. Many women actually find their headaches get better after menopause and your hormone levels drop however many women experience an increase in intense headaches during the lead up to menopause as the change in hormones doesn’t happen as a gradual decline but can has peaks and falls during reduction.