Menopause symptoms in your early 50s will be unique to your body. By the time you are in your fifth decade, if you’re like most women, you will have experienced menopause. The average age for menopause, according to StellaVia co-founder Dr. Jessica Shepherd, is 51.
WHAT IS MENOPAUSE?
When you have not seen your period for 12 consecutive months, you are medically in menopause.
The body significantly reduces its production of the hormones estrogen and progesterone and the ovaries gradually stop producing eggs, which is why a woman’s periods end.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF MENOPAUSE
Irregular periods and hot flashes are two common symptoms of menopause.
If you are in your early 50s (50-55) and experience these, they are likely, signs of menopause. Several symptoms women have – from vaginal dryness to hot flashes – are due to the body’s changes in hormone levels.
A hot flash is a sudden rise in body temperature that spreads across your chest. It can leave you feeling depleted
Your period may be here one month and then disappear the next.
As the body’s hormones fluctuate, its internal thermostat becomes unsteady. You wake up at night drenched in perspiration.
According to StellaVia co-founder Dr. Allyson Shrikhande, nearing menopause, vaginal tissues become thinner and more easily irritated. This can cause sex to be painful. But there is help. Look for all-natural products that contain ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid to rebuild tissue elasticity.
Joint Pain or Muscle Aches
Dr. Shrikhande says add “cinnamon, turmeric, ashwagandha, and primrose oil to your diet to fight inflammation.” Add magnesium to help keep bones strong and ward off arthritis.
It can range from the urge to nap to all-out exhaustion.
Dr. Shrikhande, recommends a regular bedtime, exercise, and daily meditation.
Electric Shock Sensations
Some women describe the feeling as “a rubber band snapping in the layer of tissue between the skin and muscle.”
Taking Vitamin B and reigning in anxiety seem to decrease electric sensations.
Sleep Disturbance. Wakefulness at night.
Don’t eat late. Shut off all screens.
And consider melatonin and other natural sleep aids to promote better sleep without the grogginess.
Difficulty Concentrating or Brain Fog
You can’t find your glasses – which are perched on your head, or remember the names of your acquaintances. It’s not because you’re in your 50s. It’s brain fog. It will not last forever.
A Racing Heart
Your heart beat feels like it’s sped up. If you’ve entered middle age, when the risk of heart issues starts to climb, this can feel scary.
It may be just uncomfortable, but it’s best to get checked by a doctor.