The end of menstrual cycles in women is the phase of menopause. It can normally happen anytime after the age of 40 but in the United States the average age is 51. After a woman has spent 12 months without a menstrual period one can safely say she has entered Menopause. If you are already diagnosed with any other hormonal problems then you need to check with the doctor whether it is really menopause or the symptoms of the hormonal imbalance.
Symptoms & What To Do
Women witness various physical symptoms like hot flashes, emotional symptoms, loss of appetite or sleep and others when she is going through the natural biological process of Menopause. Women need to take care of their energy and emotional health primarily when they enter the stage. Many effective treatments are now available. There are lifestyle adjustments needed to live a better and stress free life. Plus there is hormone therapy present in clinics like Mayo Clinic. There are many products, services and literature like the book Mayo Clinic The Menopause Solution, to help women transverse through this natural process easily.
Some symptoms women can experience in the months or years leading up to menopause (perimenopause) are irregular periods, dryness in vaginal area, hot flashes, chills and night sweat, sleeping problems, changes in mood, gaining or losing too much weight as the metabolism is affected, hair starts thinning, skin is dry, and losing breast fullness.
Most Common Sign
One of the most common expected signs and symptoms is the longer gaps between periods or skipping periods. As the woman is about to enter the menopause phase, the menstrual periods will skip a month or more months and return. Periods can skip several months, sometimes even a year or 2 and then start monthly cycles again for a few months, before completely stopping. In any case, whenever there is disturbance in the period pattern it is always advised to get checked by the doctor.