Even though most women hate having a monthly menstrual cycle, almost none of them actively look forward to menopause. The following are symptoms that you should look out for if you or one of the women in your life (girlfriend, wife, mother, sister, daughter) is close to the age where menopause usually starts.
Lots of women will gain weight when they start to go through menopause. Menopausal weight gain happens in very specific locations. A woman going through menopause will gain the most weight in their waist and their thighs. This makes a woman’s waistline disappear. Most women hate the idea of gaining weight. When it happens in these two areas, it can be very traumatic. If you suddenly start storing weight in these areas when you haven’t ever done that before, you should call your doctor. It is possible that you are going through menopause.
Many women who are menopausal report that one of the most troublesome symptoms is suddenly not being able to sleep through the night. If you are used to sleeping without waking and are suddenly having trouble falling or staying asleep it is possible that you are experiencing symptoms of menopause. Sometimes the inability to stay asleep is joined by night sweats or hot flashes. Sometimes it is not. Lots of times this symptom gets overlooked as nothing more that some simple trouble sleeping. It is a good idea to have your doctor check out this symptom, especially if you are of a certain age.
Increased levels of itchiness is a symptom of menopause that many women ignore because they don’t know what it is. Crawling or constantly itchy skin is something that some women who are going through menopause experience. This is not the same as the sensation you feel with dry skin.
The best description we’ve found is “ants crawling under my skin.” This can feel very icky for women who don’t know what it is that they are experiencing. You should call your doctor if your skin is particularly itchy or you can’t seem to stop scratching. You might have developed a simple skin condition. It might also be a sign that you are about to go through or are already going through menopause.
It is good to learn what you can about menopause symptoms because doing so will help you deal with all of your changes. As a man, you should learn these symptoms so that you will be more understanding of what the women in your life are going through as they go through their changes.
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