Even though a normal part of life, many women still have questions about post menopause. Because of this, we wanted to take the opportunity to provide a brief introduction regarding what it is but also address the symptoms it produces. On average a woman enters menopause between the ages of 45 and 50. As part of this change of life are several unpleasant side effects but also a change in the pattern of monthly menstrual cycle. However, after not having a period for a full 12 months, a woman enters post menopause.
As with menopause, there are different symptoms, as well as the degree of intensity of those symptoms. Not only do most women see physical changes but also emotional and sometimes, mental changes. While this can be a frustrating time, it is important for women to know that along with traditional medicine there are numerous natural remedies that can make post menopause easier to handle.
One of the most frustrating symptoms is unexplained weight gain. Even watching calorie intake and exercising regularly, many women will start to put on unwanted pounds. Typically, the amount of gain is not substantial but it is noticed. Experts state this is caused by an imbalance of hormones and although common, most women have the ability to lose the extra weight and keep it off by making slight modifications.
Bleeding / Spotting
Of all the different post-menopausal symptoms, bleeding or spotting is probably the most unnerving. After all, a woman going through this phase has already been without a menstrual cycle for a year so bleeding or spotting can be frightening. Now, because this is usually the result of hormone fluctuations, it does not last. We want to point out that the onset of heavy bleeding or light spotting can also be an indicator of something else such as cancer. Therefore, it would be important to see a doctor if this occurs just to be on the safe side.
The most unbearable symptom associated with menopause for most women is hot flashes, which unfortunately, is also a symptom experienced during post menopause. With this, a woman would suddenly feel a surge of heat, which could last just a few seconds to several minutes. In more severe cases, red blotches might appear on the face, arms, chest, and back but these too will pass.
While the severity and frequency of night sweats is not usually as intense as when going through menopause, some women will experience this particular post menopause symptom. As the name implies, excessive sweating occurs at night. Sometimes, the level of sweating is mild, making it more of an annoyance while other times, sweating is severe enough that bed sheets need to be changed.
There are a few symptoms of post menopause that women find embarrassing such as the appearance of facial hair. According to statistics, this is something that afflicts 30% of women going through this phase of life. Just as estrogen levels decrease, some women’s body begins to produce higher than normal levels of testosterone, otherwise known as a male hormone. When this happens, facial hair can grow. Of course, the amount of hair would depend on the level of testosterone being produced.
While this is perfectly harmless, as stated it is very embarrassing. The good news is that women have several viable ways to treat the problem. For example, some women choose Hormone Replacement Therapy, also called HRT, some will undergo laser therapy, or women could have the hair waxed off. In other words, even if someone experiences facial hair growth, it is important to remember that there are options for getting rid of it.
Another one of the more embarrassing post menopause symptoms is vaginal discharge. This is something that occurs because of decreasing levels of progesterone and estrogen, which actually causes tissue of the vaginal wall to shrink, among other things. A condition formally known as “vaginal atrophy”, it not only involves thinning of tissue, but often inflammation and dryness. As a result, a thick, white discharge develops although it can also be thin and brown.
Along with the embarrassment of vaginal discharge, women can live with discomfort or even full-blown pain. All of this leads to issues of self-esteem in the arena of intimacy but it can also make sexual intercourse impossible. As with all the other symptoms of post menopause, women need to know that there are many safe and effective treatment options available.
The symptoms mentioned above are considered the most common but there are other changes that could occur such as the following:
- Fragile Bones
- Reduced Libido
- Sleep Disturbances
- Vaginal Dryness