Experience waves of heat
Out of the blue you experience waves of heat rising up from your chest into your neck and face, you may even be perspiring, this can happen when you are ;
under pressure or feeling stressed
– in a meeting, during a presentation
– in a crowded train, sitting in traffic, in the supermarket,
– at the dinner table with guests, lunch with the girls,
there is no telling when it will happen or how long it will last and yes, sometimes the timing can be embarrassing.
Feeling hot at night
The nights can be even more challenging, you find yourself waking up feeling really hot, often bathed in perspiration, the covers come off even if it's cold, and yes it can happen more than once a night. Your husband or partner can be buried under the bed covers to keep warm whilst you are sleeping on top of the bed or under a sheet! Cuddles unfortunately become a luxury, as your combined body heat feels like one of you is going to combust. You may start to feel unattractive, and pull away from him which causes confusion, which may seem like rejection.
Your periods have become irregular, lighter or heavier, more frequent or less frequent, you can feel irritable for no reason, you can not explain your mood swings, or your weight gain, and a good nights sleep is something you need but don't seem to get anymore.
The onset of menopause
If you are approximately 45 years of age or older, you are most likely experiencing the onset of menopause. The average age for the onset of menopause is 47.5 years of age, the average age of menopause is 51 years of age, with menopause symptoms commonly lasting for 4-5 years.
It is important to remember menopause is not a disease it is a process we go through, we can all experience menopause slightly differently, therefore although there are common symptoms, which symptoms you experience, and the severity and or frequency of the symptoms can and does vary between women.