Unfortunately there comes a time in every woman’s life, when she experiences her body going through the ultimate change. This change is menopause and when symptoms arise, it’s usually pretty easy to guess what’s going on. However, if you’re having trouble figuring out whether or not your wife is going through “the big M,” this short list should be able to help:
Mood swings. It’s not uncommon for women to exhibit changes in their moods, however if you’re wife is a little moodier than usual, this may be a sign of menopause. Changes in the production of the hormone estrogen causes a drop in the production of neurotransmitters. Ultimately this causes mood swings and in some cases, depression and anxiety.
Hot flashes. Experiencing hot flashes is one of the most common symptoms of menopause. If you’re finding that your lady frequently complains about it being too hot, instantaneously gets a really warm feeling all over, or has a red or flushed appearance on her face and neck when she’s hot, this is definitely an indication of menopause.
Reduced sex drive. If you’re wife is experiencing a drop in sexual desire out of nowhere, this may be a cause for concern. This is caused by a hormonal imbalance or lack of estrogen and while it’s not uncommon to go through periods of lack in sexual appetite, it isn’t normal for your sex drive to suddenly diminish. Both menopause and menopause medication can be a root cause of libido loss.
Missed cycle. It’s best not to be alarmed if your significant other has missed her visit from aunt flow for the month. Chances are it’s menopause kicking in, especially for women who are fifty and older. Decreased levels of estrogen and progesterone are to blame, as they both assist in moving along the female reproductive system for menstruation.
Night sweats. Also a common occurrence in women going through menopause is night sweats. Sleep hyperhidrosis or night sweats are caused when women have hot flashes while sleeping. They can become extremely severe and often increase stress and irritability throughout the day when awake. So if in the night your wife continually deals with sweating and is irritable during the day, have patience. As she’s going through something that she, nor her body, have control over.