Menopause and perimenopause can be really irritating times for a lot of women. Their hormones go through complete chaos and everything that was once normal is no more.
Formerly nice women find themselves without a filter on their mouth, once regular periods are irregular, weight gain happens without just cause, and any semblance of a sex drive is gone.
While these symptoms may not be fun, they are a common part of hormone changes.
1) Mood swings
Hormone changes seem to bring out the best and worst in women. As they transition into menopause, her hormone shifts may not only cause hot flashes or night sweats but increased anxiety, anger, irritation, boldness, panic attacks or weepiness.
Some may experience all these moods regularly while others may lean towards one spectrum (anxiety/depression) or the other (anger/irritation). This is common.
2) Period changes
Due to the modern day technology, women have an app for most everything on their computer and smart phone, including a period tracking site.
Unfortunately, with perimenopause and menopause once regular 28-32 day cycles may disappear, replaced by periods every two weeks or every few months. No sooner has one period ended then another one starts a few days later and then does not return for six months.
As the ovaries close shop, the actual process of regular bleeding is not needed anymore therefore irregularity can become the norm. This can make tracking quite difficult and some women stop their period one month and never have it again (lucky ladies!) but most find themselves at the whim of their uterus until the whole process is complete.
3) Weight gain
Yes, we're talking about the dreaded weight gain of menopause that tends to occur just around the middle, without any change in diet or exercise. There are several theories as to the reason for this.
First, of course, is just that everything is changing. Metabolism declines with age. The body can make estrogen out of adipose (fat) tissue so the body puts more of it there. Women become more insulin resistant as they go through menopause ...