Menopause is something that every woman on Earth will experience. It is pretty much part of what makes you female.
Almost no woman has an easy time dealing with the “change of life.” Lots of women are forced to live through years of tedium and harsh symptoms. Many women worry about how menopause will affect the people in their lives. Thankfully, if you learn about the different menopause symptoms you should be able to help the women in your life deal with all of their changes. Knowing about menopause symptoms will help you figure understand what is going on with your wife (or mother or sister or friend)’s body so that you can figure out how to help her cope with all of the different things she is facing.
When women start to go through menopause they start to gain extra weight. Unlike the typical person’s weight gain, menopause induced weight gain happens in very specific places. When women who are going through menopause gain weight they tend to do so in the thighs and waist. This will usually cause a woman’s waistline to disappear. Women, generally, are not fans of gaining weight. When the weight piles on in these places, however, it can be especially hard to deal with. If you suddenly start storing weight in these areas when you haven’t ever done that before, you should call your doctor. It is a possibility that you might be starting menopause.
For a woman over 40 symptoms of pregnancy might also be symptoms of menopause. If you experience extreme fatigue you could be pregnant or premenopausal. If you have extreme fatigue often referred to as “crashing” fatigue you should consult a doctor to see if it could be menopause. This is more than feeling “a little tired”. This is the kind of fatigue that might prevent her from being able to get out of bed at all. Multiple breaks for power naps might become necessary just to make it through the day. If a woman in your life is suddenly experiencing intense fatigue it is possible that she is going through menopause.
The most famous symptom of menopause is, arguably, irritability. Do you remember what it was like when you first started to hit puberty–how you suddenly felt cranky and irritated and annoyed by everything all the time? This is just about the same thing that a woman feels when she starts to go through the first stages of menopause. If you know a woman is about the right age for menopause and she is suddenly acting like everything is irritating or annoying when she usually is pretty easy going, this might not be PMS. It might be a sign that she is going through menopause.
Menopause is not fun for anybody. Even if you are not going through the change yourself, if someone you love is going through it, you are affected as well. It is a good idea to familiarize yourself with menopause symptoms. This will help you provide the right level of support to the women in your life who experience it. In addition to being sympathetic it can also clue you in to what is happening to a woman when she reaches a certain age. You might even be the person who helps the woman in your life figure out what is going on with her body.