Menopause Symptoms

Since starting the menopause I have suffered with many of the common symptoms associated with the menopause such as hot flushes, night sweats, weight gain and mood swings. However every woman is different and what is bad for one may not affect another at all.

Research shows around 85% of women experience hormone symptoms in the first year or two of perimenopause. These occur due to oestrogen levels dropping.

Up to half continue to have them regularly, even after menopause. Why? Falling oestrogen levels cause a woman’s ‘thermoneutral’ zone to narrow – this can cause sweating to be triggered at lower temperatures and dilation of the peripheral blood vessels, which also increases heat.

When anxious or stressed, perimenopausal and menopausal women also release slightly higher amounts of the stress hormone noradrenaline, which increases body temperature and hormonal hot flashes.

Here are some of the most common symptoms I've come across: ​

  • Irregular periods

  • Vaginal dryness

  • Hot flushes / Hot flashes

  • Chills

  • Night sweats

  • Heart Palpitations 

  • Thinning hair and hair loss

  • Dry skin

  • Loss of breast fullness

  • Weight gain and slowed metabolism

  • Headaches and migraines 

  • Aches and pains 

  • Joint stiffness

  • Fatigue

  • Recurring Urinary tract infections (UTI's)

  • Incontinence 

  • Irregular heartbeat and palpitations 

  • Itchy skin

  • Breast pain

  • Dry Eyes

  • Bad Breath 

  • Body Odour 

  • Reduction in bone density and strength 

  • Itchy Skin

  • Anxiety 

  • Depression 

  • Difficulty concentrating 

  • Low mood

  • Irritability 

  • Insomnia - difficulty falling asleep and waking in the night

  • Reduced sex drive

  • Lack of motivation

  • Aggressiveness

  • Anger and moodiness

  • Tension and stress

  • Generally more emotional 

That's a lot of symptoms to deal with. Hopefully you won't suffer from them all but it is unlikely that you will escape them all. 

There are certainly things that you can do to reduce your menopause symptoms such as looking at your diet and exercise routine. 

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