From night sweats to vaginal dryness, electric shocks to anxiety, the list of menopause-related symptoms is exhaustive – quite literally. The cessation of menstruation brings with it a possible 34 ‘common symptoms’ ranging from mild to debilitating. One in four women will be affected to some degree, a quarter of those severely, so we owe it to ourselves to know the signs so we are better placed to deal with the symptoms when the time comes. There are many options available to help women navigate their menopause journey from natural remedies to BHRT.
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1. Hot flushes - Hot flushes affect around 75% of menopausal women. They usually appear as a rising redness
on the chest, neck and face and can make you feel very overheated and sweaty. 2. Night sweats - Essentially, night sweats are hot flushes that occur at night and can disrupt sleep or can lead you to feeling unpleasant when you wake up.
3. Irregular periods - Because menopause is all to do with the end of your reproductive years, your periods will start to
dissipate as your hormone production decreases. These can, therefore, become very erratic; sometimes you may get PMS but with no bleeding, for example.
4. Mood swings - With studies showing that mood swings affect 27% of menopausal women, this can feel like a more extreme version of the mood swings you may have experienced during your periods.
5. Vaginal dryness - Your natural lubrication is maintained by your estrogen levels, so as these begin to drop, you may notice vaginal dryness. This can cause some pain and discomfort, particularly during sex. Thankfully, there are a number of remedies for this, including lubricants and moisturising creams.
6. Decreased libido - A woman’s sex drive is primarily controlled by estrogen. As we’ve already established, these levels drastically drop during menopause, which can reduce your sexual appetite.
7. Headaches - These are typically more common for women who experienced them during their periods. If headaches persist then you may be suffering from migraines and should visit your doctor.
8. Breast soreness - Any time in your life when your hormones drastically change can create the same symptoms; this is typically menstruation, pregnancy and menopause.