Irregular periods are the first sign of menopause. Periods can become light or heavy. Another telling sign is the hot flash. This is a sign of low estrogen levels. Often women experience weight gain and have trouble sleeping. There are many plant-based alternatives to help through this difficult change in life. Women go through many challenges in life. This time is one of many obstacles that make you stronger and wiser. Never regret your age! You may be "hotter" but you are wiser, stronger, and privileged to live!