The Symptoms of Postmenopausal Syndrome
For women who have not had a menstrual period for a whole year, this could be the signal that they are entering post menopause. In fact, some women will go all the way through perimenopause without experiencing any symptoms, but then they tend to be more symptomatic during post menopause. It is important to learn how to identify the symptoms of post menopause, this way you can better tend to their emotional and physical needs throughout menopause and post menopause.
Common Symptoms of Post Menopause
There are a wide variety of post menopause symptoms, and they are often similar to the symptoms of perimenopause. Post menopause symptoms can cause issues both emotionally and psychologically, such as phobias, depression, anxiety, paranoia, mood swings, and difficulties concentrating. The physical symptoms that can occur during post menopause include hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and lowered libido. Your appearance could be altered by certain symptoms like skin problems, brittle nails, and weight gain around the abdomen. If you are already dealing with digestive and urinary tract complications, these could be made worse by muscular tension, bone density issues (including osteoporosis symptoms), and joint pain.
The most common symptoms of post menopause can include:
- Mood swings
- Sleep issues and Insomnia
- Weight gain
- Occasional hot flashes
- Urinary tract infections
- Vaginal dryness
- Stress incontinence
Many of these symptoms could start during perimenopause, and they can continue until after menopause has actually started. The rest of these symptoms will manifest only during post menopause.
When Does the Signs of Post Menopause Begin?
As women get closer to menopause, they will stop getting their periods at regular intervals. If a woman has not experienced a period for more than 12 months, then they have officially begun menopause. A woman must go without any signs of a period or spotting for a full year to be considered postmenopausal.
Since this can be difficult to track, women can go in to get tested for post menopause with a specialized test that is known as the FSH (Follicle Stimulating Hormone) test (this can be really useful for any women that had their uterus removed prior to entering post menopause). There is a period during menopause that the ovaries basically become inactive. After this point, women are technically considered to be postmenopausal moving forward.
Do the Symptoms of Post Menopause Go Away?
Once the hormones have evened out, the symptoms of post menopause should begin to subside. However, it could be years before this begins to happen in some women. In either case, post menopause is used to describe that period of time every woman experiences between menopause and the rest of her life. At the time your menopause actually finishes, then you have officially entered that post menopause time period.