Menopause: Symptoms or Disorders?

A physiological event has no symptoms, by definition. Here are the menopausal disorders and what the symptoms for which they tell you that it may be necessary to investigate the subject with a gynecologist.

Menopause symptoms, menopause symptoms, menopause and symptoms . These are all search keywords that are typed tens of thousands of times on Google every month (source Seozoom). This is the most obvious sign that for a woman today it is quite normal to talk about symptoms referring to all that plurality of more or less known ailments that menopause brings with it.

Yet … and yet to want to point out we must immediately clarify something quite evident.

Menopause is not a disease but a very normal, physiological phase , which occurs at a certain point in the life of every woman and more precisely around the age of 45-55. Not being a disease , menopause cannot have “symptoms” . In medicine, in fact, symptom properly means “phenomenon with which the state of illness manifests itself” (source Treccani).

If we talk about menopause symptoms, the perception also changes

Nanni Moretti said it in the famous film Palombella Rossa: “ words are important ”. And they are because, in one way or another, their meaning belongs to us and can also influence the vision of the world. As well as the difference between menopausal symptoms or disorders . They are not the same thing and they present us with two completely different scenarios.

The symptom inevitably leads us to a medical condition, it makes us think about clinical examinations, surgeries and visits. But it doesn’t look anything like what we’re talking about.

The disorder, on the other hand, tells us – already in itself – something lighter, transitory, non-pathological. And that’s exactly what we should be thinking when we talk about hot flashes, insomnia, irritability, decreased desire, wrinkles. These are all events related to a change in the hormonal structure that menopause introduces and which, in most cases, tend to relieve themselves with the reestablishment of a general balance.

Disorders of menopause, therefore. But don’t underestimate them

We have scaled down, at least semantically, the menopausal disorders that perhaps you too are experiencing at this stage of your life. We have brought them back to their right place , in the bed of the manifestations of the body that testify to a change . Even when you had your first period, you experienced a number of similar ailments: insomnia, irritability, impatience, and some pain. You may not remember it distinctly, but it did. So even when you discovered that you were expecting a child, in the first months of pregnancy, the ailments were more or less annoying.

What does this tell you? That every time there is a change in the hormonal balance, our body goes through a necessary “adaptation phase” which can lead to discomfort.

Even in menopause , as in all the passing phases of your life, you must not underestimate your ailments or endure them waiting for them to pass by themselves. The best thing you can do is continue to have regular check-ups at the gynecologist so that you always know what is happening to you and can also find the right treatment for the most impacting and persistent ailments.

In menopause, pay attention to the symptoms of Vulvo Vaginal Atrophy

Among the many ailments that can intervene in this phase there is some that deserve greater attention. Let’s talk about what can be symptoms (this time yes) of Vulvo Vaginal Atrophy , a chronic condition that affects an average of 1 in 2 women in menopause and which can manifest itself through:

  • vaginal dryness
  • hypersensitivity of the vulvar area (sometimes even just in contact with underwear)
  • Bright red blood loss
  • Dyspareunia (pain in intercourse)

In this case it is a progressive condition that tends to worsen over time but, as often happens, it can be treated adequately if detected early by the gynecologist . For this reason it is important, right from perimenopause, to choose a professional experienced in the most typical occurrences of age and to be followed constantly, starting a frank and sincere dialogue .


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