What to Expect During Menopause - Signs and Symptoms - Swolverine

Talk about a mystery, not just for you, but for physicians as well. For decades, physicians didn’t have a clue as to what caused menopause, how to help it, or what to even think of it. And guess what? You might not either and that is OK! Menopause is a profound change in hormones, but it’s more than just a change we think, it’s a transition.

Menopause doesn’t, (as much as we probably wish it would) happen overnight. It’s certainly not abrupt, and the signs and symptoms of menopause can last for what seems like forever. This is why we like to refer to menopause as a transition and not a change. From skipped periods to hot flashes, acne and restless sleep in your late 30s, early 40s, or even your early 50s, every single woman’s transition is a bit different from another. Each of our bodies has their own unique timelines and feelings, symptoms and signs.

Before we continue further, you might be familiar with this topic, or you might be brand new. You might be scared or frustrated or weary. But we’d like to assure you, that you do not have to be, and you certainly do not have to face it alone. Remember this: the transition is just like any other physical, mental, or emotional transition you’ve experienced in your life. Menopause presents us women with the ability to grow, both spiritually and emotionally, while experiencing physical transitioning. 

5 Signs and Symptoms of Menopause

Understanding that the things we experience during menopause are real can make a big difference. The hot flashes, the mental changes, the moody blues, the agitation, and inflammation are all completely normal, and in fact, real symptoms. While seeing your general practitioner will help you understand what is going on biologically, talking with others, reading material and blogs, and sharing with a support group can help exponentially.

You’re not alone – here are some of the symptoms of menopause you should be aware of.

1. Unintentional Weight Gain

While a loss of estrogen is often to blame for unintentional weight gain, there are other contributing factors to the little extra tummy fluff you may encounter. Not sleeping, not exercising, giving into cravings, and not adhering to a nutritious lifestyle can all contribute to unintentional weight gain.9 The diet that worked for you in your 20s isn’t going to suffice.

Unintentional Weight Gain During Menopause - Swolverine
During premenopausal and menopause changes, women’s lean muscle mass decreases and metabolism slows contributing to weight gain. Estrogen and hormonal replacement therapy techniques may be used to manage other negative symptoms of menopause but some research has found that HRT can improve overall body composition and reduce abdominal fat.10 

Weight gain is common, but you’re not doomed to experience it. Making a healthy and active lifestyle a priority will be the biggest and most important lifestyle modification to prevent unintentional weight gain as you go through the change and beyond.  

2. Depression & Menopause

It’s okay to feel a little down as long as you don’t get too down. Depressive symptoms can vary from mild to severe. Hormone changes are usually to blame for psychological distress, agitation, depression and just plain old being blue. Not to mention, menopausal women are often the butt of jokes, making us feel even worse about what we’re going through.

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Symptoms of Depression:

  • Fatigue
  • Restlessness
  • Feelings of worthlessness
  • Feelings of guilt
  • Thoughts of suicide or death
  • Oversleeping/Undersleeping
  • Trouble Concentrating
  • Loss of Interest 

The severity of symptoms vary for women in menopause and this also influences how depression is treated. There’s nothing wrong with depression, but there is something wrong with not seeking care. Hormone therapy, psychotherapy, antidepressants, and support groups are just a few of the treatment options. But not all depressive symptoms are severe.8

If you’re feeling the moody blues a bit more than other times in your life, becoming aware and validating your feelings and behaviors enable you to make a positive change in your life. Your environment, your social interactions, and your overall health can both negatively and positively affect your mood. Surround yourself with positivity, and if you find yourself falling into a negativity trap, find a new surrounding before it goes too far. Good nutrition, social groups, and regular exercise can help ease the transition while hanging out alone all the time can certainly make them worse.

If you find yourself experiencing severe depression, which can be an absolute reality, please seek help from a friend or physician. If you’ve experienced depression or depressive symptoms in the past, you’re going to be more at risk for developing them during the hormonal transition, or menopause. The transition isn’t just about physical change; it’s about mental and emotional change, as well. You need to take care of your entire body, not just part of it, with self-love, appreciation, and acknowledgment. 

3. Hot Flashes & Cold Sweats

Boy oh boy, are these a bummer! Most women would ration the other symptoms of the menopausal transition instead of experiencing cold sweats and hot flashes. Vasomotor Instability is the official word for it, or temperature fluctuations within the body, are regulated as a byproduct of brain signaling. Typical flashes last about 4 minutes. Nearly 75% of women in the menopausal transition report experiencing hot flashes leading to cardiac palpitations, obvious perspiration, and heightened anxiety.6 

This is What It Is Like to Go Through Menopause - Mood Swings and Hot Flashes – 5 Signs and Symptoms

Think of it as standing next to the thermostat all day, turning it all the way up, then when it gets too hot inside, turning it all the way down, making it too cold. Basically, your internal temperature regulation is a little wacky and it’s having a hard time finding it’s homeostasis or baseline. Some women only experience these in mild cases or only at night, while others are in full-blown poor temperature regulation, so what are you to do?

The other bad news is this – temperature fluctuations during menopause can last for… years. Eeek! The good news is that you can positively influence it prior to going through the transition. By maintaining a lower/healthier bodyweight it’s been proven that vasomotor symptoms are reduced during the menopause transition as compared to those who enter the transition as overweight or obese. Natural remedies and non-pharmacologic options are recommended to treat hot and cold flashes. This includes slow, diaphragmatic breathing, relaxation techniques (essential oils for example), and minimizing potential triggers like smoking, tight clothing, and stressful environments.7

If your symptoms are absolutely extreme and too severe for you to work through them, we recommend visiting your physician.

RELATED: How to Control Cortisol Levels to Effectively Reduce Your Stress 

4. Poor Quality Sleep & Not Sleeping At All

Are you finding yourself counting all the stars in the sky at night? Restless and poor quality sleep stinks. Tossing and turning through the night is a pretty normal symptom while going through the menopause transition, unfortunately. Trouble sleeping leads to poor functioning, recovery, and quality of life.

While avoiding caffeine, exercising early in the day, not taking naps, and supplementing with a sleep supplement can help you get to sleep better and stay asleep longer. Supplementing with ZMT, a sleep supplement from Swolverine that contains high levels of magnesium, vitamin B6, and zinc can ease the negative symptoms of menopause (mood swings & bloating3) while contributing to better quality sleep5, lower levels of cortisol4, and maintaining bone density2.

Natural Treatments for Menopause - Supplements for Menopause - Swolverine

Lastly, create a consistent and relaxing bedtime ritual. Start relaxing, turning down the lights, take your ZMT, avoid your electronics, read a book, apply your nighttime creams, tinkle, and brush your teeth. This will signify to your body that sleep is coming soon! It’s imperative for you to get quality sleep, and the more you have to do to achieve it, the more you’re going to have to do. Simple as that.

RELATED ZMT: The Best Supplement To Help Get A Full 8 Hours Of Uninterrupted Quality Sleep

5. Let’s Talk About Intimacy, or Lack There Of

It’s okay – sometimes this can be hard to talk about, so we’ll talk to you about it instead. Menopause incites transitions within your body that have to do with both your hormones and your reproductive system. But reproduction isn’t the only way you use your down under.

Menopause can also transition the way you respond to intimacy, how much you feel like experiencing, and even how it feels. Symptoms like vaginal dryness, low sex drive, pain, and inability to enjoy intimacy are a few of the most popular signs of menopause that women experience regularly. When estrogen levels drop, you lose your natural ability to lubricate. This symptom alone can be one of the most discouraging and emotionally challenging symptoms of menopause. Research suggests that 40-50 percent of women experience vaginal dryness during menopause.1

Lack of Sex Drive During Menopause - Navigating the Change - Swolverine

Natural treatment of vaginal dryness includes estrogen hormone therapy, via pill or cream, having sex on a regular basis, avoiding over-cleaning the vagina and vaginal area, eating foods rich in phytoestrogens, wearing breathable undies, and not being ashamed of talking to someone about the symptoms. You may be able to fix the issue as easy as using a lubricant during intimate sessions, not too shabby, huh!

RELATED: Symptoms of Low Testosterone in Women

While menopause can be a little hard on the self-confidence and relationship area of your life and we might not all feel like Angelina, there certainly are ways to work around menopause and even though the change with ease. 

Menopause doesn’t have to have control over this area of your life, and if it is, take a trip to your general practitioner or your gynecologist to have a conversation about it. Don’t be bashful or shy, they’re medical professionals with your best interest at heart, even if it’s the most vulnerable part of your body and your life. This part of your life can actually, believe it or not, get better with time. Now that’s a positive!

Need Help Balancing Your Hormones During Your Transition?

ZMT contains powerful ingredients to help you sleep and regulate your hormones, by naturally raising testosterone levels. Testosterone is a very powerful hormone and in fact, testosterone is the most abundant biologically active hormone in women.  

Some of the benefits of testosterone with women include 

  • Increasing positivity and mood
  • Elevating Overall Vitality
  • Enhancing Sexual Desire

Click on the image below and see if ZMT is right for you and your transition into Menopause

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