If you are a woman, you are undoubtedly aware that menopause will occur at some point in your life even if you do not understand exactly what that means. However, it is a natural part of life that you will experience, just as you went through puberty. Knowing what is going to happen will make it easier for you to be prepared for this event in your life.
First of all, you need to realize that the symptoms of menopause are not the same for everyone. There are some genetic factors involved though so your experience is more likely to be in line with what the women in your family have been through rather than your friends or stories that you are going to find online.
One of the most common symptoms that women have and complain about is hot flashes. This is because it becomes incredibly challenging for a woman to regulate her body temperature during this transitional time of life. The changing hormones in the body are one of the reasons for this. However, the hot flashes do eventually pass.
The changes in hormones can also create mood fluctuations that are difficult for women to deal with. Sometimes certain types of hormone replacement therapy is used in order to help counteract some of these major swings. However, the use of these is beginning to decline as women find other means of coping with the changes that their bodies are experiencing with regards to hormones.
If you are a woman over the age of thirty five or forty, you should start looking into menopause and when it occurs for the women in your family. This will give you enough time to start preparing yourself so you are not taken by surprise when it happens.