When a woman ovary stops producing estrogen, the hormone that controls the reproductive cycle is called menopause. However, on an average, the normal age of onset of menopause is between the ages of 40 to 58. But when someone has the menopause symptoms before turning 40 is known as early menopause.

Early Menopause Symptoms

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There are many reasons for early menopause like genetics, lifestyles, autoimmune diseases, chromosome defects, and epilepsy. But, many women are unaware of these symptoms. When it starts early, women often ignore blaming it on various other conditions or their day to day stress. It will always help to be informed and prepared.

Symptoms of Menopause

1.      Changes in bleeding: Normally we neglect by blaming on the hormones when there is a delay or sometimes early occurrence of the periods every month. But these irregular periods all at a sudden while you had regular periods usually is one of the symptoms. Heavy bleeding, spotting, periods that last for more days-longer than a week, or a period after many months without bleeding are all some of the symptoms that should not be ignored.
2.      Moodiness: Being moody and showing less interest in anything that is happening around is one of the symptoms. Although this feeling is neglected as one of the PMS, it can also relate to menopause.
3.      Changes in desire and sexual feelings: Most often couples blame it on age about their low libido, desire, and sexual feelings. But what we fail to understand is, these feelings change based on any underlying health conditions. Menopause will make the woman lose her interest in sex and it also causes vaginal dryness.
4.      Trouble in sleeping: Tossing in the bed left to right in the nights and finally sitting up unable to sleep could be a symptom of many health conditions. Menopause also causes trouble in sleeping and you may find it very difficult to sleep even after hours in bed. Normally people relate it to stress. But if you are finding it difficult to sleep at nights, do not ignore.
5.      Hot flashes: The feeling of hot flashes is a common thing when people are stressed, consuming alcohol, caffeine, or when eating any spicy foods. However, when the symptom is related to menopause, you may feel the hot flashes more often and regularly. It’s a constant feeling of being hot and sweaty.
6.      Uncontrolled bladder: Loss of bladder control is also a symptom of other health issues such as diabetes. Though it may sound a bit odd and abnormal, people ignore it on various things. When you have all the above symptoms, it is always better to have a word with your doctor.

Tips to deal with early menopause

Menopause is a natural occurrence, however, when it happens much before then it should be, it can cause other problems. To avoid any other health issues because of early menopause, it is always advisable to talk to your doctor. Here are a few things that may help you to cope better.

Hormone-replacement therapy

The loss of the reproductive hormones that is the estrogen and progesterone are replaced through supplements into our body. This therapy helps a woman to fight any bone loss and it can be taken until the normal menopause age. However, like any other medicine, it has side effects. Women should not go for this therapy if they are suffering from heart problems, stroke, blood clots and breast cancer.

Calcium and Vitamin D supplements

Supplements of vitamin D and calcium will help with the bone loss, body pains, and discomforts. The menopause makes a woman infertile and someone who is trying to have a baby might find it impossible. In such a case considering the In-Vitro, adoption, and fertilization as an option for having children is advisable.

Talking to a therapist

Many women find the situation more confusing and not knowing what is happening to their body may throw them off. Talking to a therapist will always help.

Early menopause can be a challenging experience. But being informed about it and meeting people with a similar problem will always help to cope better.