Menopause can present women experiencing symptoms with some challenges because they often mimic other conditions. One woman might experience hot flashes while another might experience cold flashes or none at all. Many people think there are only handful of symptoms that are truely related to “the change”. Signs and symptoms of a woman’s change occuring are not widely known and can be largely varied. The beginning signs of menopause can be very subtle and barely recognizable. Some are incredibly noticable. The important thing is to learn which symptoms are common. If you have already experienced menopause you can be your loved one’s saving grace with the knowledge you already have.

The “hot flash” is perhaps one of the most heard about and well recognized menopause symptoms. “Hot flash” is the name of the sudden feeling of being too hot. It causes the face to flush and the body to sweat. It will feel almost like somebody turned up the temperature inside of your body–but only for a little bit. Some women report that it is more intense than the feeling you get when you go from a room that is too cold to a room that is too hot. Hot flashes can happen at just about any time. When the hot flash happens at night, it is called a “night sweat.” Perhaps one of the more embarrassing menopause symptoms for women is the change in hair growth. For the most part, women say that they lose the most hair from the places where hair usually grows (their heads, their arms and legs, their pubic areas). And while this hair is being lost from the normal places it starts to grow in unusual places like the face and the chest. Each woman has different kinds of hair growth. You should talk to your doctor if you start to notice hair growing in places it does not grow while simultaneously losing hair in places it does grow. Menopause could be the cause of these symptoms.

An increase in itching is a symptom of menopause that most people don’t recognize. Some women who are going through their “change of life” report their skin feeling constantly itchy or like their skin is crawling. This is not the same as the sensation you feel with dry skin.

The best description we’ve found is “ants crawling under my skin.” This can feel very icky for women who don’t know what it is that they are experiencing. If you can’t stop scratching because your skin feels unusually itchy, you should call your doctor. It could just be a skin condition. It might also be a sign that you are about to go through or are already going through menopause.

Some people compare menopause to puberty. The body is going through massive changes that women have little control over. Lots of woman say, however, that menopause is more difficult than puberty because the symptoms are more severe and varied.

Learning how to identify a variety of menopause symptoms will help you figure out what is going on with your body as you go through your major “change of life.” If you aren’t a woman you should still learn about menopause symptoms so that you can better support the women in your life who have to deal with the symptoms first hand.

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