Menopause is uncomfortable. Hot flashes are often unbearable, and the brain fog that occurs can make it difficult to focus on things you need to do.
While it may be easy to dismiss these symptoms as something women just “have to deal with,” if you have several severe menopause symptoms, it may not be as harmless as it seems at first.
For example, severe menopause symptoms may be a sign of increased risk of heart disease.
It’s now a good time to get to know some of the most common signs of menopause and the severe symptoms you may experience.
1. Irregular Periods
When you visit sites like Lets Talk Menopause, one of the most common things discussed is how your period will change as you go through “the change.” This is true.
Your period may become:
For some women, they begin skipping their period completely.
2. Hot Flashes
Hot flashes are sudden and often intense feelings of heat that seem to rush to your upper body and face. They are usually extremely uncomfortable but tend to only last for a few minutes.
With more severe symptoms, the hot flash can last longer and come on stronger. While most people only experience these a few times a day or week, they can happen almost continuously through the day with more severe cases.
3. Night Sweats
Sometimes hot flashes are going to start waking you up in the middle of the night. These are commonly called night sweats and can occur for the duration of menopause.
4. Sleep Problems
Some women going through menopause have insomnia, making it difficult to go to sleep or stay asleep. You may also wake up earlier than usual.
5. Vaginal Changes
As menopause progresses, the lining of the vagina may become less stretchy, drier, and thinner. For some women, this leads to discomfort and dryness while having sex.
6. Bladder or Urinary Tract Infections
Menopause can result in you having to pee more frequently. You may also experience more frequent bladder or urinary tract infections.
7. Weaker Bones
During menopause, a woman’s bones tend to become weaker. In severe situations, it may lead to cases of osteoporosis after menopause.
Making sure you take plenty of vitamin D and calcium and exercising for a minimum of 30 minutes per day can help you combat this condition.
8. Mood Changes
Changes in your hormones may make you feel tired, irritable, or anxious. Sometimes your sex drive will start to change, as well.
Understanding Severe Menopause Symptoms
Menopause symptoms vary from woman to woman. What is normal for you may be something your friend never experiences.
However, for severe symptoms, it is best to work with a doctor to see what can be done to reduce them.
If you are looking for more information and resources on important topics, be sure to check out some of our other blogs. We post new information regularly to help you stay informed.