About Menopause. Tips. When to see a Doctor
As your wife (women) approach menopause, she might experience certain changes that may trigger noticeable behavioral changes resulting from effects of the transition.
Menopause is not a disease, it is normal and natural. As women begin to approach mid life, it may result to increased depression, irritability, mood swing, tearfulness, anxiety and the feeling of despair.
According to research evidence, you may notice symptoms such as sleep problems, hot flashes, night sweats and fatigue in your wife. These symptoms might affect their mood and well being. And note that a drop in estrogen level occurs during perimenopause and menopause and this may also affect their mood.
What is Menopause
Menopause indicates a permanent end of fertility in women. It has to do with reduced functioning of the ovaries as a result of aging; consequently there is a lower level of estrogen and other hormones.
Menopause often occurs between the age of 45 and 55. On the average, it occurs at age 51. The term “premenopause” refers to the phase of life that precedes menopause, hence; it should be a time for many women to reassess their health.
Create a meno-note:
On a daily basis record your menstrual pattern on a calendar using symbols to indicate the various types and differences in blood flows that you observe, such as very heavy flows, normal flows, light flows, spotting, no bleeding or spotting. Do this for the whole 12 months in the year. You may want to start now with the new year 2016.
If you have not had a period for up to 12 months, then you have reached menopause. When you are transiting to menopause (perimenopause), it is normal to skip periods.
Signs that you need to see your doctor
- If you experience very frequent or heavy bleeding episodes
- If you are bleeding after menopause, it is advisable to see your doctor for evaluation.
Note that the Meno-Note is intended to provide current and basic information of your cycle; hence, it should not be used as a specific medical advice or to substitute your care provider.