Every single woman in the world is going to go through what is known as the change of life". It is just part of the life of a woman and let's face it ... the alternative is dying, so a menopause symptom doesn't seem that bad.
Unfortunately, this "change of life" is not easy or smooth. Lots of women are forced to live through years of tedium and harsh symptoms. Some women worry a lot about how their biological changes will impact the other people that surround them. The good news is that if you learn how to identify the different menopause symptoms you will be able to comfort and help the women in your life who are dealing with this "change." Learning about what manifestations will occur can help you help her to understand what is happening to her body and to help her cope with entering the new phase of her life.
One of the more annoying conditions that results from these hormonal changes, especially for the woman going through them, is a loss of mental acuity. Lots of women say that they have a hard time concentrating, that they feel disoriented and that they are often confused. Having big lapses in their memories are also often reported. This is very frustrating both for the unhappy woman and the other people in her life. If the women in your life have this symptom try to be sympathetic. The woman is more annoyed about it than you are!
One of the hardest new conditions to deal with is irregular heartbeat. Some women notice that their heartbeat will suddenly speed up or it will slow down when they have done nothing at all to cause such a reaction. A woman who is sitting still, for example, might feel her heart suddenly start to race - and then it might slow back down to a resting rate without her moving a muscle. Once in a while a woman will only learn that this has been happening when she visits the doctor for some other cause. A doctor might check a woman's heart during a routine exam and notice that it is not acting as it should. If you are the right age, this might just be a sign that you shouldn't ignore.
If you or your loved one suddenly appears anxious or irritable it could be a sign of menopause. Suicide rates in menopausal women are higher than in those not yet experiencing the change due to overwhelming feelings of dread or impending doom. Women who experience these sensations may mistake them for true panic attacks. When these changes do not appear to have a known cause, or occur suddenly and without an obvious reason, it is possible that you have begun the process of hormonal changes that begins in middle age. Use every resource you have to maintain your composure and do not take your negative feelings too seriously.
A woman may also suddenly have the agonizing experience of watching her clothes get tighter and tighter - until they don't fit anymore. This is truly depressing, especially in a society that values a slim body so highly. The culprit in this weight explosion is hormonal changes that occur so rapidly and have such strong effects. The weight goes on easily and comes off hard.
An increase in itching is another manifestation that most people don't recognize. Some women who are dealing with the change of life say that their skin constantly itches and crawls. This is a different feeling than you get with dry skin. The most accurate description is that of "ants crawling under the skin." This is one of the more disturbing symptoms especially if you don't know what is happening to you. If you feel itchier than usual and constantly want to scratch, call your doctor. It might be nothing more than a simple skin condition. It could also be a sign that you have started going through your "change of life".
Menopause symptoms can be extremely frightening if you don't recognize them for what they are - simply a time of natural biological change. For instance, the erratic heartbeat might seem like the beginning of a heart attack, even though it's nothing of the kind. Education and a sense of humor are definitely huge assets in this time of life.