You may have seen older women in your family going through significant changes in their bodies. They may be experiencing hot flashes, night sweats, weight gain, poor sleep, mood swings, and general irritability. All are symptoms of menopause which marks the end of menstruation (finally!) and of fertility for most women. It usually doesn’t come until middle age although it is also likely that you will experience menopause in your 30s, 20s, or even younger. According to the American Pregnancy Association, premature menopause — also known as premature ovarian failure – happens to about one in 100 women between the ages of 30 and 39.

If you have experienced any of the above symptoms, it may very well be likely that you are going through early menopause. But how do you make sure this is it? Go to your gyne. A physical exam, coupled with a blood test and an estradiol test, will give you the best indications of whether it’s premature menopause or not.

Although you can’t completely stop or reverse early menopause, the symptoms can be treated and managed. Another option are hormone therapies such as hormone replacement therapy and menopausal hormone therapy which can manage these symptoms.

Seek medical attention as soon you experience these symptoms:

Irregular Periods

Missed periods can be one of the earliest signs of premature menopause. Well yes, most of us are never on track with our period. The dates keep changing and you can never tell for sure (we’re so done at this point). But, if you experience a heavier or lighter flow than usual and miss your period for more than one year, it could be premature menopause.

Mood Swings

Mood swings happen. They happen on a good day, on a bad day, on an average day. They happen when you’re pregnant, when you’re PMS-ing, when you’re sick and when you’re not sick. Really frequent mood swings could, however, indicate premature menopause. While it could be an easily overlooked sign, it could also be one of the earliest.

Sleep Problems

Sweating through your pajamas is….an extremely unanticipated and odd thing to think of. If its common and exaggerated, it could be sign of premature menopause. And there’s the fact that night sweats could cause fidgeting all night in bed. Fun.

Vaginal Dryness

Although you may have never thought of this, which is why you may even ignore it, extreme vaginal dryness that causes discomfort is also something to look out for.

Frequent Urination

Has your bladder become the size of a pea overnight? Do you find yourself losing precious sleep and rest time going to the toilet? Frequent urination or difficulty controlling your bladder might be an early indicator that you’re going through menopause. If your raaton ki neend is quite literally haram, talk to your doctor.

Difficulty Conceiving

You may have not experienced any of the above signs. And you may not realize you are undergoing menopause until you struggle with conceiving. We recommend having people you love around you. Finding out and dealing with infertility while going through menopause can be emotionally exhausting and isolating.

Brain Fog

You know how you enter a room for something and you forget what you were there for? Or when you forget a really important task you had to do? All very normal. But, if your brain feels foggy and blurry and you have concentration and memory issues you may have premature menopause.

Mild Depression

Depressive episodes aren’t uncommon. A period of mild depression although, could be another sign of early menopause. Since your hormones are failing, your emotions will go all crazy. There can also be a chance that you experience mild depression after hearing about your menopause, which isn’t uncommon.

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