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Beyond Hot Flashes – Less Known Menopausal Symptoms

It seems as though during the rare times when menopause is mentioned in television or in movies, the only discernable symptom of this hormonal transition is that the woman is overcome with hot flashes— a sudden feeling of unbearable warmth— at the most inopportune of times. Of course, hot flashes are far from the only symptom that women experience during pre-menopause and menopause itself. Here are a few of the big symptoms of menopause that don’t get the same kind of attention and air time that are afforded to hot flashes and mood swings.

Trouble Sleeping

If you are menopausal or perimenopausal, don’t just chalk your insomnia up to stress or a passing shift in schedule. It is common for women who are undergoing (or who are about to undergo) menopause to have difficulty falling asleep at night, wake up numerous times during the evening, and have trouble staying awake the next day. If you are menopausal or think you may be menopausal, the chances are that any insomnia you are experiencing is due to your body’s hormonal changes. Talk to your doctor about your long, sleepless nights; she may be able to prescribe something to help, whether it’s a medicinal supplement or a simple change in diet or lifestyle.

Decreased Sex Drive

Biologically speaking, menopause is the period of time in which your body transforms from being a gestational tank to produce healthy offspring into something else entirely. Since most women who undergo menopause are no longer able to have children (though rare exceptions have happened), the body undergoes many changes in order to make itself less of a distraction for men who are looking for a woman to procreate with. Nature is evolutionarily disincentivized to make you want sex; a mate is not half as likely to impregnate you as they would be to impregnate a pre menopausal woman, so it is in nature’s best interest if you, as a menopausal woman, do not actively seek out sex. As a result, your body’s sex drive naturally decreases with the onset of menopause. It is important to discuss this decrease openly and honestly with your partner, and that your partner is understanding and supportive of you as you go through this hormonal transition. If the decrease in sex drive is particularly problematic for your relationship, talk to your doctor and see if she has any advice or suggestions.


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