Although there are the standard rules about the first signs and symptoms of Menopause, in actual fact every woman is different and will have her own very individual journey with regards to Menopause. In saying all that, this then is a guide only of what most women could experience as the first signs and symptoms of Menopause and I hope that this helps women world wide, because, trust me I could have benefitted enormously from reading this. It would have not only improved my life but all those around me. From not only my family, but also friends and work colleagues included.  Statistically approx. 60% of women will experience severe Menopausal symptoms. This statistic is probably higher but as we all know, we women are a stoic lot and along with the silence that permeates the subject of Menopause, would seemingly believe that its ok to suffer, rather than seek help and start to enjoy life gain. 

But I digress, back to the first symptoms of Menopause. The most important players in the Menopausal journey are the hormones, Estrogen, Progesterone and Testosterone. These hormones, whilst our bodies are producing them, will usually sing in harmony and if they dissipated at the same rate, when our bodies stop producing them, then again the symptoms of Menopause would not be as dramatic. But that glitch in evolution is what gives women such a difficult time.

So for instance if our bodies stop producing Progesterone, the hormone that controls the flow of period blood, then our periods will begin to flood. The next most common symptom is when our periods start to become erratic so that you never know when they are about to start. Combine this with flooding and you are living in constant fear whilst carting around what feels like a ton of pads and tampons just in case. Again because of the erratic nature surrounding our hormones we feel as if we are in constant PMS, 24/7, managing to have outbursts at seemingly the smallest of things, but at the same time turning them into monumental problems. Hot flushes and night sweats can start at this time as well, along with heart palpitations, insomnia, anxiety, depression, crying at the drop of hat, aggression, permeating sadness, weight gain, dizziness, loss of eyesight, incontinence, migraines, hair loss and dry vagina. These are probably the most debilitating symptoms, but there are over 70 symptoms and counting that a woman can experience when she starts Menopause. Imagine if all of these hit in one week? If you could think straight, you would think that you were going crazy. I thought that I was. The first signs on Menopause can extremely confusing and for most women very difficult to come to terms with. There are some women who have started Menopause as early as there twenties, but for most women the usual age range is from late forties to early fifties.  So women really need to be informed just exactly what the first signs and symptoms of Menopause are, so that they can prepare and understand what is happening to their bodies, not confused and worried.

If a woman is prepared for Menopause then she can take control and not let Menopause control her.  Menopause is not a 24-hour bug, but something that seemingly hangs in there for an indeterminable period of time. Most women say 10 years minimum. Bur always remember that, even if you do not experience any of these first signs or symptoms of Menopause, it does not mean that you are not losing your hormones or that you are not going through Menopause, you are, but this can be even more detrimental to your health, because if you are not having regular check ups, then you could be doing damage to your body without realizing. Every woman will experience Menopause in some form or another.

The MRCW – We’re Here to Help

Menopause can be an extremely confronting and confusing time not only for women, but also for the people who care about them. It hasn’t been easy to find simple to understand, straightforward and comprehensive information about Menopause all in one place – until now. At the Menopause Resource Centre, we work really hard to make things easier for you, so that hopefully, in a relatively short period of time, you can know more about your options, so that you can be informed and feel more empowered.

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