signs of menopauseMany women experience menopausal symptoms in their mid 40’s but sometimes it can happen a little younger or a few years older. The signs of menopause are a combination of physical and emotional symptoms that can change the whole makeup of a woman. Menopause in woman is only supposed to last for two years but many have reported experiencing postmenopausal symptoms later on in life.

Here are some good indications that you have now entered menopause:

1. Missed Periods
Probably one of the only benefits of menopause is losing that dreaded monthly visit. If you start experiencing irregular periods or it’s starts disappearing altogether than you may be starting to drift into the menopause stage.

2. Hot Flashes
Hot flashes are one of the more common symptoms to alert you to menopause. It’s the warm flashes that radiate all over our body making you feel like you have been out in the sun too long. Not every woman experiences hot flashes but certainly more than half do.

3. Weight Gain
As if it isn’t hard enough for women to lose weight but now we get the added benefit of menopausal weight gain. The weight usually accumulates in the tummy, so if you notice that you are gaining weight for no apparent reason you may be in menopause.

4. Night Sweats
Night Sweats are hot flashes in disguise that appear while you sleep and cause excessive sweating. For some women it can be so intense that it will disrupt your sleep.

5. Loss of Sex Drive

There is always ups and downs in a woman’s sex drive but there are a lot more downs when a woman experiences menopause. It can be frustrating when you feel a lack of sex drive or lack of intimacy towards your partner.

6. Vaginal Dryness
Before menopause your vaginal lining is typically very moist and soft. Once you hit menopause that disappears and you may start to experience itching and irritation. This happens due to a drop in your estrogen levels, due to the lack of moisture on the vaginal walls it can often make sex very uncomfortable.

7. Lack of Sleep

Not only are you experiencing night sweats but you may be sitting there wide awake, unable to fall asleep. When your estrogen levels go down your brain will start giving off fight or flight signals that will force you to stay awake all night.

8. Mood Swings
Mood swings are another common symptom of menopause. If your spouse is complaining that your emotions appear to be on a roller coaster ride then you may be beginning menopause. Mood swings can be very sudden and catch you off guard and be very intense in nature.

9. Hair Loss
Hair loss or thinning of the hair can occur through menopause. It’s another problem that happens with the loss of estrogen and can be one of the more obvious physical symptoms of menopause.

10. Loss of Memory
Many women who experience menopause complain of memory loss. An inability to concentrate is also associated to the memory loss that occurs during menopause. It can be mild in the sense of just