If you are a middle-aged woman, then you would be expecting your menopause to hit anytime now, right? Well, did you know that you could be mistaking symptoms of certain major diseases for menopause symptoms?
Yes, many a times, women who are well-aware of the symptoms of menopause do not care too much when they start to experience them, thinking that they are quite natural.
However, some of the symptoms of menopause are quite similar to the symptoms of certain other deadly diseases, so when the woman ignores these symptoms thinking that it is menopause, she could be putting her health at risk!
Menopause is a process where a woman's menstrual cycles cease to occur every month, anywhere between the ages of 45-50 or a little later in some women.
Menopause indicates a natural decline in the reproductive hormones in women.
Some of the main symptoms of menopause include hot flashes, fatigue, mood swings, joint pain, osteoporosis, dryness in the vagina, anxiety, depression, lack of focus, frequent urination, etc.
So, here is a list of symptoms of some of the major diseases you must never mistake for menopause, have a look.
1. Heavy Bleeding
Heaving bleeding is also one of the symptoms seen just before menopause sets in; however, it can also be a sign of uterine fibroids or uterine cancer, so have yourself tested!
2. Hot Flashes
Another common symptom of menopause, hot flashes is caused due to hormonal fluctuations; however, it can also be a sign of hyperthyroidism!
3. Hair Loss
Many women feel that hair loss is common during menopause, which is a fact; however, it can also be due to thyroid diseases, especially when coupled with weight fluctuations.
Yet another common symptom of menopause is palpitations or an abnormally fast heart rate; however, many women do not realise that it can also be a symptom of cardiovascular diseases!
5. Joint Pain
Joint pain, which is another symptom of menopause can also be a symptom of other disorders like arthritis, fibromyalgia, lupus, etc., and it is important to seek professional advice in this case.
6. Mood Swings
A lot of women never realise that mood swings can be a symptom of serious mental disorders like depression, as they feel that this symptom is quite common during menopause!
7. Vaginal Dryness & Irritation
Another symptom of menopause is vaginal dryness and irritation. As women feel it is common during menopause, they may ignore the fact that it could be a symptom of a sexually transmitted disease (STD) as well!