Menopause typically occurs between the ages of 40 and 55 in most women. However, early menopause symptoms may begin to rear their head 10-15 years before menstruation actually stops. This period is also often referred to as perimenopause. It is the time your body first begins to show signs that hormonal changes are beginning to occur.
This can be a very frightening and difficult time for some women. Early menopause symptoms can be totally disruptive to one’s life and can even be debilitating. Symptoms of early menopause may be physical, emotional, cognitive, or a combination of all.
Common Symptoms of Early Menopause
- Hot Flashes – This is one of the most commonly reported of all of the Perimenopause symptoms. This usually happens during menopause as well.
- Frequency of Urination – You may have the sensation that you really need to go more often than normal. Often times the urgency increases as well as the frequency.
- Headaches – This might include typical headaches or migraines.
- Night Sweats – This is usually accompanied by hot flashes.
- Tingling in the Skin – Many women report this during early menopause. It might feel like something ‘crawling’ on your skin, or an itchy, tingling sensation.
- Vaginal Dryness
- Difficulty Sleeping – This can include not being able to go to sleep, waking up a lot during the night or not being able to get comfortable.
- Irritability – You might feel short tempered, or easily frustrated or aggravated. Often times women will be bothered or annoyed by things that wouldn’t normally bother them.
- Depression – This may range anywhere from a mild melancholy to a full blown severe depression.
- Lower Libido – You may not feel the desire to be sexually intimate any longer, or you may have self esteem issues which make you want to avoid sexual intercourse.
- Forgetfulness – You might have trouble remembering small things, like names or dates. You may have problems remembering phone numbers or similar things.
- Irregular Periods – This is often one of the first early menopause symptoms to occur. Your periods may come closer together or further apart or alternate back and forth.
Some other common symptoms of early menopause may include hair loss, weight gain, heavy bleeding during periods, inability to cope, dry eyes, anxiety, heart palpitations, mood swings, fatigue, inability to multi-task, fuzzy thinking, night sweats, lower self-esteem, and inability to concentrate.
Early menopause symptoms or perimenopause are partially the results of fluctuating hormone levels. However, one of the reasons that so many women experience such severe symptoms at an early age is due to the standard American diet that is high in sugar and simple carbohydrates and lacking in adequate protein and other essential nutrients. It is also the result of excess stress and the high levels of environmental toxins we are all exposed to on a daily basis that operates as endocrine and or hormone disrupters in our body.
The symptoms of early menopause can be difficult to deal with, however, learning more about them and what you can do to reduce them can really help out a lot. Take the time to research the topic and find facts about these symptoms and how to cope with them. There are many different holistic and natural remedies that women have found invaluable for their symptoms of both early-onset menopause and standard menopause.
Many early menopause symptoms can be alleviated or minimized by making simple changes in your lifestyle. Switch to an organic diet that is low in simple carbohydrates and eliminates sugar. Many women find the addition of nutritional supplementation to be helpful. Clean up your environment and switch to natural and non-toxic cleaning supplies and personal care products so that you’re not exposed to as many toxic chemicals that can disrupt your hormone levels. No smoking, drinking, or caffeine. Get adequate sleep, avoid pesticide exposure, reduce and manage your stress, and engage in mild to moderate daily exercise.