What Are the Symptoms of Menopause?

Menopause Symptoms

Here’s what you need to know about the 34 main symptoms of menopause (though there are even more) and how to cope.

1) Night sweats: If you are waking up feeling sweaty or with a soaked pillowcase, you may be experiencing night sweats. These  may be caused by the changes in the central thermostat in your brain, your hypothalamus. 
2) Hot flushes: A sudden episode of feeling sweaty, flushed, or hot is called a hot flush. This is one of the most common symptoms of menopause. Some people also suffer from cold flushes.
3) Changes in mood: When your oestrogen levels are changing, this can lower dopamine and increase cortisol , this can affect your mood. You may feel “up” one moment, with tons of energy, and then blue or “down” the next. These changes are a normal and expected part of menopause.
4) Changing menstrual periods: As your hormone levels change, you should expect to see changes in your  periods. This may include a longer or shorter cycle or bleeding. Eventually, your periods will slow to the point at which you have not had a period in 12 months, which is the technical definition of menopause.
5) Decreased sex drive: The hormones that control your periods also control your sex drive. During menopause, it is normal to experience a decreased libido. This means you may find it more challenging to become sexually aroused.
6) Vaginal dryness: When your oestrogen levels decrease, it can make it harder for your vagina to produce natural lubrication. This can lead to vaginal dryness.
7) Breast tenderness: Many women will experience soreness in their nipples or breasts during perimenopause. Like many symptoms of menopause, this should go away in time.
8) Headaches: An increase in headaches during menopause can be triggered by changing hormones. This may be especially true if you have a history of migraines.
9) Changes in taste: Sometimes menopause can change the way you taste food. This can be due to fluctuating hormone levels, which can affect the environment of your mouth.
10) Burning mouth sensation: If you feel that your taste buds have become more sensitive—or that your mouth is burning, tingling, or tender—this could be caused by changing hormone levels.
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11) Paresthesias: If you are having a tingling sensation in your hands or feet, known as paresthesia, this may be caused by menopause. However, it’s important to see a medical provider to rule out other causes. 
12) Feeling tired: One of the most difficult symptoms of menopause is feeling very fatigued. Often, women feel overtired because their sleep is disrupted by other menopause symptoms such as night sweats
13) Joint pain: When your oestrogen levels decrease, it can affect your joints. This can cause inflammation and arthritis in joints such as your hips,knees, shoulders and fingers
14) Bloating: Menopause can affect your gastrointestinal system. This is because your hormones can affect how much water you retain and even how quickly you digest food.
15) Other digestive changes: During menopause, the bacteria that live in your gut may also be affected by hormone changes. This can cause increased gas or reactions to foods that didn’t bother you in the past.
16) Electric shock sensations: It may be alarming, but some women may feel an “electric shock” sensation during menopause. This may be due to shifts in fluid or hormone levels, both of which can affect the nervous system.
17) Body aches and muscle tension: Menopause can cause changes in your
musculoskeletal system. This can lead to feelings of increased tension or aching.
18) Trouble sleeping: There are several reasons why fluctuating oestrogen levels may affect your sleep. You may find it harder to fall asleep or stay asleep during perimenopause.
19) Itchiness: The hormone oestrogen plays a big role in regulating your hydration. This includes your skin. When your skin dries out, it can become itchier.
20) Memory problems: When you’re going through menopause, your memory may also change. This may be because of hormonal changes or simply because you’re not sleeping as well.
Menopause Symptoms
21) Problems concentrating: For the same reason that your memory can change during menopause, you may also have problems concentrating.
22) Brittle nails: Menopause can change the way your body makes certain proteins, including keratin. Keratin is important to the growth and strength of your nails. This means during menopause you may experience cracked, brittle or weak nails. 
23) Hair thinning: Hair loss occurs during menopause because of changing hormone levels. This is normal, but it can feel distressing.
24) Stress incontinence: Menopause may affect the way you wee. You may find yourself with increased urgency or urinary infections. This is common during menopause, but it can be overcome with hormone replacement and physical therapy.
25) Gaining weight: Hormones, an increase in cortisol, decreased muscle mass and lack of movement and the body’s ability to retain oestrogen through holding onto fat, can all affect weight.
26) Allergies: Women going through menopause may be more likely to have allergies. This is because hormones can affect the type of antibody that’s linked to allergies, IgE.
27) Feeling dizzy or faint: When your hormones are fluctuating, your hormone insulin can also be affected. Insulin controls your blood sugar. Therefore, some women may feel dizzy or faint during perimenopause.
28) Irregular heartbeat: The feeling of racing, pounding, or irregular heartbeat may be a symptom of menopause. However, it is very important to see a healthcare provider if you are having an irregular heartbeat. They can help rule out other causes of this symptom.
29) More fragile bones: During and after menopause, women have a decrease in their bone density. This can lead them to have broken bones more frequently.
30) Irritability: Tiredness, increased cortisol, decreased dopamine and fluctuating hormones. Can make it very difficult to keep our cool during this transition .
31) Body odour: If you feel like you smell different, it may be due to fluctuating hormone levels, or increased sweating.
32) Anxiety: You may feel more anxious during menopause. This can be caused by fluctuating hormone levels. But it’s important to see a healthcare provider to rule out other causes.
33) Panic disorder: Like how menopause can cause anxiety in some women, it can also trigger a panic disorder.
34) Depression: The hormonal changes of menopause may cause a low mood. However, if your mood is persistently low, you may be experiencing depression. Make sure to check in with a healthcare provider about this symptom.

Things Women Can Do to Alleviate Menopause Symptoms

There are many ways to help with these symptoms including, hormone replacement therapy (HRT), lifestyle changes such as exercise, meditation and yoga. Reducing alcohol, refined carbohydrates and sugars. Non hormonal medications such as SSRI’s, Clonidine and Venza
Nutritional supplements like Vibrancy Blend  can really support symptoms such as thinning hair, dry skin, weak nails, mood, energy and sleep. However supplements are not as effective to cure hot flushes as hormone replacement and medication. Vibrancy Blend can be taken alongside HRT.
Find out more about Vibrancy Blend here  and join Melissa’s Menopause Support Group UK here 

Copyright Menopause Vitamin Company LTD 2024. All information featured is  personal opinion only and should not be taken as fact or as a substitute for medical advice, please see the Disclaimer 

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