Early signs of menopause present a range of symptoms that are linked with low hormone production. Among these, reduced production of estrogen and progesterone impact many bodily functions such as the reproductive system, the urinary tract, mood changes, and sleep patterns among others.
Some women may go through menopause without any of the unpleasant symptoms but others can find the same to be highly debilitating. Some of the early signs of approaching menopause can include the following.
1. Irregular Periods
The menstrual cycle tends to change significantly when approaching menopause. As a result, menstrual discharge may become lighter or heavier than usual or may even be reduced to spotting. At the same time, the duration of the cycle may also become shorter or longer.
These fluctuations are cause by hormonal imbalances where levels of estrogen and/or progesterone may be up for some month and down for others. This stage is known as perimenopause and on average, occurs four years before actual menopause sets in.