Changes in Your Periods
During your transition into menopause, your periods will become irregular. They may come more or less often, may be lighter or heavier or last longer or shorter than normal. As you begin noticing irregular periods, it is recommended you talk to your physician to ensure that there are no underlying medical conditions, such as pregnancy or cancer.
Hot flashes occur when hormone levels rapidly decline or rapidly peak. During a hot flash, you may experience heavy sweating or become so cold you shiver. Other symptoms of hot flashes include excessive heat in your upper body along with red blotches on your face, neck and chest. To get relief from hot flashes, it is advisable to avoid smoking, caffeine, alcohol, stress and spicy foods.
Urinary and Vaginal Troubles
As estrogen levels drop, your vagina may be drier making intercourse uncomfortable. Other symptoms include urinary incontinence during which you may have to go more often. You may also experience leakage when you cough, laugh or sneeze. Finally, you may get more urinary tract infections. To avoid UTI, it is recommended to drink plenty of water each day. Kegel exercises can also help build your pelvic floor muscles and prevent urinary incontinence.