Menopause occurs when a woman’s ovaries stop producing an eggs every month, meaning she no longer has a period and it is not possible to become pregnant. Unlike men, who create new sperm regularly, women are born with a set amount of eggs. When those eggs have run out, the woman is unable to have children and will experience menopause
Women tend to experience the menopause towards their 50s, but it can occur from the 40s onwards, too. Some people also experience premature menopause. It is considered premature when it occurs in the 30s.
There are far more symptoms of menopause than simply not having a period any more. Take a look at these top 10 menopause symptoms and see if you’re going through the change, too.
1. Vaginal dryness
As the body changes during menopause, so do hormones, meaning that the vaginal wall slowly begins to reduce the amount of fluid that it creates. The walls also begin to become less elastic, as a result of the body deciding that sex is no longer important. This is of course not always the case, which results in many women using lubrication to continue having sex after the menopause.
Vaginal dryness might only cause a problem when having sex, but some women do notice it and find it uncomfortable during the day. If you find it troublesome, speak to your doctor or try using vaginal lubricants which can be bought over the counter.
2. Mood swings
The stereotypical sign of a woman experiencing the menopause is one who has lots of mood swings – but it has some truth to it. As the hormones in the body change, a woman will experience more frequent mood swings, going from feeling irritable to anxious, happy to sad, very quickly.
The quick succession of these moods occur as your hormones increase and decrease, eventually settling at a level the body is happy with. You can help ensure that the body is able to regulate hormones better by exercising more and avoiding unhealthy and sugary foods.