Ask any woman about her least favorite body part, and most of us will point to our middles. And in my experience, bellies can become especially anxiety-provoking when excess fat spills over the top of our jeans. Yes, the dreaded "muffin top."
Any woman can get a muffin top. But women are more likely to gain excess belly weight -- especially deep inside the belly -- as they go through perimenopause and into menopause, when their menstrual cycle ends. That's because as estrogen levels drop, body fat...
Emotional changes, such as mood
swings or irritability.
A change in sexual interest or
Problems with concentration and memory that are linked to
sleep loss and fluctuating hormones (not a permanent sign of aging).
heartbeats (heart palpitations).
These symptoms usually go away after 1 or 2 years. But some women have them for several years longer.
Other conditions can cause similar symptoms. Examples include
pregnancy; a significant change in weight; depression; anxiety; or
uterine, thyroid, or pituitary problems.
Menopause caused by surgery,
radiation therapy can cause more severe symptoms than
usual. Preexisting conditions such as
anxiety, sleep problems, or irritability can also make symptoms worse.
After you stop having menstrual periods, you may get other symptoms, including:
Drying and thinning of the skin, caused by lower