The Many Signs and Symptoms of Menopause

Written by Dr. Sima Aidun, N.M.D.

Dr. Sima Aidun is a nationally recognized expert in personalized genetic medicine and a pioneer of the field in Arizona. She obtained her Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree with High Academic Achievement from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in 2003 and was the recipient of the Daphne Blayden Award. She is certified in Advanced Protocols and New Findings in Nutrigenomic Analysis and Treatment; New Genetic Findings and Enhanced Nutrigenomic Protocols; Nutrigenomic Testing for Inflammation/Auto-Immune | Neurological/Mood Disorders | Methylation/Mitochondria | Women's Health; and Nutrigenomics for Diet and Wellness, Microsampling and Pharmacogenomics.

Think menopause is marked by the end of menstruation and nothing else? Think again! From hot flashes to depression, menopause can impact just about every avenue of your life. Knowing the many signs and symptoms of menopause can help you find anti-aging therapy that will help you regain control over your life.

Every woman ages differently, and the way that women experience menopause is no different. While some women begin seeing the physical signs of age in their early forties, others don’t have their first hot flash until their mid-fifties. There are some women who don’t start really feeling the symptoms of menopause until the full cessation of menses, while others will have symptoms while still experiencing spotting or irregular periods month by month.

Understanding the many different symptoms of menopause can help you find the anti-aging treatment you need early on in the aging process. As you begin to develop the signs and symptoms of menopause, take the time to contact your anti-aging specialist about your changing body and health needs. The earlier you seek out anti-aging therapy the more effective it is likely to be.

Here are some of the signs and symptoms of menopause that you should keep your eye out for:

  • Headaches: Migraine headaches are a common symptom of menopause, and often begin plaguing women during the early stages of menopause or perimenopause. In addition to migraine headaches, tension headaches can become common during this time.
  • Gastrointestinal problems: Many women begin experiencing changes in their digestive habits. Diarrhea, constipation, nausea and indigestion may all develop during menopause.
  • Memory lapses: This happens to men and women with age, though many women are surprised by how early the lapses can start to take their toll. Early memory lapses are often more similar to forgetfulness than lost-memories, but can quickly grow frustrating and worrisome if unaddressed.
  • Soreness: A combination of muscle loss, osteoporosis and generalized fatigue can lead to severe and perpetual soreness. Your anti-aging doctor can help you find strategies to relieve your pain, either through medicine, anti-aging treatment or alternative therapies.
  • Mood changes: Hormone fluctuations leave many women laughing one minute and crying the next. It is best to understand that this is due to hormones and accept the feelings for what they are without growing distraught by their sudden emergence.

Other common symptoms of menopause include anxiety, depression, hot flashes and itchy, dry skin. Many women also begin having difficulty concentrating, often partially due to fatigue. Your anti-aging specialist can provide proven strategies to reduce or eliminate many of these symptoms and help you make a smoother transition to the next stage of your life.

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