Symptoms of Menopause


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Symptoms of Menopause

Changes That Come With Menopause

The period of time when a woman starts going through the change of life is called perimenopause. There are dozens of symptoms that are associated with this time.

Common Symptoms of Menopause

The following symptoms are very common in women going through menopause.

  • Irregular periods – Your period will likely become irregular during perimenopause. It may be lighter, heavier or shorter, and may disappear altogether for months at a time.
  • Hot flashes and night sweats – The sudden and intense feeling of overheating is probably the most talked about menopause symptom, and happens because the part of the brain that regulates temperature is undergoing changes. Sweating and a flushed complexion usually accompany a hot flash, which is often followed by a cold chill.
  • Insomnia and fatigue – As a result of night sweats, many women struggle to sleep/get enough sleep.
  • Mood swings – When you combine hormone changes with lack of sleep because of night sweats, it’s no wonder many menopausal women feel overly emotional during this time. Being irritable, upset and/or grumpy is common.
  • Weight gain – Weight gain during this time is usually due to a combination of menopause, age and lifestyle.
  • Anxiety – In the early stages of menopause women are more likely to feel anxiety and panic. Since symptoms of anxiety are very similar to symptoms of menopause, sometimes your body will trick you into panicking.
  • Loss of sex drive and vaginal dryness – Many menopausal women find their desire for sex is diminished, and even if it’s not, vaginal dryness can make things difficult.
  • Urinary incontinence – The combination of aging and menopause means many women experience stress incontinence, which is bladder leakage that happens with physical activity like laughing, sneezing, coughing etc.
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Less Common Symptoms of Menopause

There are a number of less common symptoms of menopause as well. They include…

  • Irregular heart beat
  • Changes in how the body smells
  • Depression
  • Tenderness in the breasts
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Hair loss and more stray hairs on the face
  • Burning sensation in the mouth or tongue
  • Morning sickness or menopause nausea
  • Vertigo
  • Aching joints
  • Osteoporosis (occurs later on)

What You Can Do

The good news is that many of these totally normal symptoms of menopause will fade away with time. But naturally, you may not want to sit around and wait for the more undesirable menopause symptoms to just disappear.

If you are concerned about hair loss associated with menopause, consider trying shampoos that stimulate hair regrowth. Vaginal dryness may be helped by certain types of vaginal creams or hormone replacement therapy. You don’t have to put up with weight gain because you’ve hit menopause, either. Many women over 40 can lose weight if they are dedicated and the principles of weight loss management are followed. And osteoporosis may be reversed with healthy diet and a good strong exercise program.

These four symptoms are some of the more upsetting, but don’t let them get you down – nip them in the bud.

Resources

North American Menopause Society (FAQs: Body Changes & Symptoms)

Mayo Clinic (Menopause Symptoms)

Donna SchwontkowskiDonna Schwontkowski

Dr. Donna Schwontkowski is a retired chiropractor with two degrees in nutrition and a Master's in herbology. She is convinced that every illness can be improved significantly through diet and nutritional protocols.

Oct 8, 2014
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