Sometimes a woman at this time in her life can go to the doctor with the below highlighted symptoms and be inaccurately diagnosed with Depression.

MENOPAUSE

Menopause is a natural transition and happens for every woman. The term is generally used to encompass the whole of a long-lasting process that altogether relates to the end of a woman’s fertility, also known as the ‘change in life’.
This change is perfectly normal and a healthy body will constantly adjust to change. However, in today’s environment, a number of factors can change the body’s ability to adapt to change, including environmental toxins, poor nutrition, a lack of essential minerals and the stress of juggling work and domestic life.

What Defines Menopause?

When a woman enters menopause she steps biologically out of the primary child-bearing role and the hormones related to this function begin to diminish. However, there is still a vital, health-enhancing role for her reproductive hormones that now has nothing to do with reproduction and everything to do with maintaining good health. Hormone receptors are found on almost every organ in the body and are essential for our health and wellbeing.

Menopause is preceded by perimenopause, which is where the hormones begin to fluctuate and/or decline(find out more about perimenopause here) whilst menopause, or postmenopausal, describes women who have not experienced any menstrual flow for a minimum of a year, and whose ovaries have become inactive.

What Are The Symptoms of Menopause?

A woman’s reproductive hormone levels continue to drop and fluctuate for some time into postmenopause, accompanied by symptoms that may take several years to disappear. Symptoms are similar to those leading up to menopause, but with more consistency in:
Hot flushes and night sweats
Difficulty sleeping (insomnia)
Changes in mood, such as feeling tired, irritable, depressed or anxious
Difficulty concentrating or poor memory
Changes to the vagina, such as thinning, dryness, discomfort, itching and pain during sex
Loss of interest in sex (loss of libido)
Urinary problems – such as recurrent urinary tract infections, loss of bladder control (urinary incontinence)
Joint aches and pains.