Early Menopause Symptoms – How to Relieve Them Quickly

by Laura Ramirez on January 22, 2011

Some women have early menopause symptoms even before they hit age 40. While natural menopause usually occurs between the late 40s to early 50s, important factors like genes, past illnesses, surgery, and overall physical health can cause premature menopause and most of its accompanying symptoms. The most common of these are sudden changes in menstrual cycle (including heaviness and frequency of your period), hot flashes, and mood swings.

However, if you are below forty and you’re experiencing what you think are early menopause symptoms, it is important to consult your doctor first to determine if the symptoms are really menopause-related. This is especially true of women who have hypothyroidism, lupus, or have undergone radiation or chemotherapy for cancer. Your doctor will need to rule out possibilities of pregnancy, thyroid deficiency, cancer, and other illnesses not linked with menopause. Your estradiol levels need to be measured, and if it’s below 36, then you’re a candidate for premature menopause.

Peri-menopause is the first stage of menopause.  This is when your estrogen  levels fluctuate, causing irregular menstruation, and also heavier or lighter flow. If you have poor dietary habits though, this symptom can happen even if you’re not experiencing peri-menopause yet.  When your last natural period (that which isn’t caused by any medical procedure) is over and done with, that’s when you enter proper menopause. Another common item to check off the early menopause systems list would be hot flashes. Hormonal imbalance causes this, not the sudden drop of estrogen levels. Your metabolism goes on overdrive to cope with the imbalances. The sad news is that, in the case of premature menopause, hot flashes become more common, and will most probably occur continuously until the post-menopausal stage. You can alleviate this by always bringing a battery-run portable fan, a chilled pack of moist towels, and a container of drinking water with you at all times so you’re ready for the onset of hot flashes.

Perhaps the most troubling of early menopause symptoms are the mood swings. Of course, menopause also has psychological and emotional effects on a woman, but the imbalance of hormones further aggravates how you feel and think. If you’re still in the childbearing years and desire to have a baby, premature menopause can understandably make you depressed. This is why it’s very important to see a doctor to get a proper diagnosis, and achieve peace of mind, as well. And while you’re at it, consider taking a natural supplement that  has pasque flower and black cohosh as the main ingredients. These can relieve early menopause symptoms and strengthen a woman’s reproductive organs, as well as help calm nerves and keep moods on an even keel without the risk of side effects.

Early menopause symptoms need to be checked to determine if they are indeed the true alarm bells for menopause. If they prove to be the real thing, take heart. There are ways to cope with them, and live a manageable and happy life as a menopausal woman.

Copyright © 2011 by Laura Ramirez. All rights reserved.

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