What Are the 34 Symptoms of Menopause?
Have you started to experience menopause symptoms? Did you know there are 34 symptoms of menopause altogether? Of course, not every woman will experience them all - some are lucky enough not to suffer from any whatsoever - but many will find themselves dealing with some from the list.
How many have you found yourself experiencing? Remember that you don’t simply have to put up with them and that menopause supplements can help you to manage a whole range of menopause symptoms.
1. Irregular Periods
A change to the flow or regularity of your periods is often the first sign of menopause. They may suddenly get lighter and shorter, or unusually heavy, before stopping altogether. When it’s been 12 months since your last period, this is when you’re officially classed as being in menopause.
2. Hot Flushes
Hot flushes are one of the menopause symptoms women are most familiar with. They begin due to your body’s oestrogen levels dropping, which can affect your hypothalamus. The hypothalamus acts like an internal thermostat and this change in hormonal balance can send it haywire, leaving you drenched in sweat and embarrassingly flustered at the slightest change in temperature. Read our blog on managing hot flushes here.
3. Night Sweats
Night sweats are the night-time version of hot flushes, triggered by the same hormonal shift affecting your hypothalamus, sending your body’s temperature sensors into overdrive. You may be able to lower your risk of night sweats by following our tips here.
4. Mood Swings
A change in oestrogen levels can trigger mood swings too, meaning you can be feeling perfectly fine one minute and be in an angry rage the next - sometimes, you won’t even need anything to set you off. Introducing a natural substance into your body that can mimic the effects of oestrogen, such as the soy-derived DT56a you’ll find in Femarelle® Recharge, could help you with restoring your moods.
Experiencing multiple menopause symptoms at a time can leave you feeling tired and lacking energy, while general fatigue itself can be one of the 34 symptoms of menopause. Other symptoms like night sweats and trouble sleeping can exacerbate these feelings of fatigue, creating a vicious circle unless you find a way to manage them.
6. Trouble Sleeping
It can be hard to sleep when your hormones are all over the place, you’re worried about your symptoms and you’re simply far too hot. Check out our blog on how you can still get a good night’s sleep during menopause here.
7. Concentration Problems
When you’re feeling more tired than usual and keep forgetting things, concentrating can become a lot more difficult, leaving you feeling disengaged with the world around you. Don’t let menopause do this to you; take control of your symptoms with a menopause supplement.
8. Memory ‘Fog’
Can’t remember what you came in the room for? You won’t be alone, as many women experience this type of confusion during menopause. It’s because of the change in your hormonal balance, which can affect your brain function if you don’t find a menopause treatment that works for you.
9. Loss of Sex Drive
When you’re hot, tired, irritable, battling vaginal dryness and lacking confidence due to changes to your skin and hair, sex can be the last thing on your mind. It’s important to talk to your partner about why you’re feeling the way you are so they can understand and so you can navigate your way through these changes to your sex drive together.
A healthy supply of oestrogen can protect against headaches, so when levels of this hormone begin to naturally decline in your body, you could find yourself experiencing more headaches. Cutting down on caffeine and alcohol might provide you with some relief, as could taking a menopause supplement.
11. Joint Pain
Oestrogen also helps to reduce inflammation around your body, so when it drops and menopause arrives, some women find themselves experiencing more pain in their joints. Keeping active may help to provide some relief, but look into how menopause treatments could help too.
12. Muscle Tension/Pain
In the same way that joint pain can arise when oestrogen levels fall, tension or pain in your muscles can become more likely too.
13. Increased Irritability
Similar to mood swings, increased irritability can be a common symptom of menopause, leaving you feeling snappy and impatient but unable to work out why - the answer lies in your hormonal balance.
A change in hormone levels can affect your metabolism, which can make you feel more bloated - just one of the digestive issues that menopause can bring about.
15. Urinary Incontinence
Again, it’s your hormones that are to blame for this menopause symptom. Changes in hormones at any time of your life can affect the strength of your pelvic muscles. When coupled with other symptoms that can leave you feeling flustered, stress-related incontinence can occur.
16. Vaginal Dryness
Declining oestrogen can cause the walls of your vagina to become thinner, leaving you feeling dry, sore and itchy down there. This can make sex uncomfortable or even painful and seriously affect your confidence, but natural ingredients designed to mimic the effects of oestrogen can help to provide some relief - you’ll find several of these in the menopause supplements we stock.
17. Hair Loss
A healthy oestrogen supply is also important for keeping your hair looking and feeling healthy, which is why your locks can start to feel more dry and brittle from perimenopause onwards. Ingredients like biotin, found in Femarelle® Rejuvenate, may help to restore the look and feel of your hair.
18. Brittle Nails
Your body’s production of the essential protein keratin can be affected during menopause too, which can manifest itself in changes to your skin and nails, making the latter more prone to breaking and peeling, weakening them significantly.
19. Itchy Skin
Collagen production is also affected by the decline in oestrogen, and that’s what helps to keep your skin smooth, plump and soft. Therefore, when collagen levels drop, the skin can appear more wrinkled, as well as dry and itchy, causing you extra irritation.
20. Irregular Heartbeat
Some women find themselves experiencing an irregular heartbeat or heart palpitations during menopause. You must always speak to your GP if you’re concerned about your heart health, but you should take some reassurance from the fact that an irregular heartbeat can be a symptom of menopause.
21. Increased Osteoporosis Risk
Oestrogen plays an important role in maintaining bone health, so the bones can weaken when menopause begins, increasing the risk of osteoporosis. This is particularly a problem for post-menopausal women. Find supplements for women in post-menopause here.
22. Electric Shock Sensation
Before a hot flush, some women report experiencing an electric shock-like sensation out of nowhere. This is what can trigger a dramatic fluctuation in your temperature, leaving you in the midst of a hot flush.
23. Feelings of Depression
Menopause symptoms can affect your self-confidence and consequently your relationships, which can leave you experiencing feelings of depression. A shift in your hormones can also affect your mental health, especially if you’ve struggled with it in the past. Don’t battle these feelings alone - talk to someone you trust about how you’re feeling.
24. Greater Anxiety
Those hormonal changes can trigger feelings of anxiety too. Again, let those around you know how you’re feeling, and you won’t feel quite so alone in navigating these feelings.
25. Change in Body Odour
Hot flushes and night sweats can naturally lead to a change in your body odour during menopause due to excessive sweating. This is an unpleasant side effect of menopause, but can be managed by tackling the symptoms themselves.
With oestrogen impacting the nerves, dizziness can be a common menopause symptom. What’s more, progesterone levels also decline during menopause and, as this hormone is produced in the brain, this can also impact dizziness.
27. Weight Gain
Weight gain during menopause can be down to your metabolism and appetite changing. Also, if you’re experiencing a lack of energy, you might find yourself eating more to try to keep your energy levels up. It’s important to try to maintain a healthy weight during menopause, as this could help to relieve extra pressure on your bones, helping you to manage your osteoporosis risk.
28. Tender Breasts
Hormonal changes can affect your breasts too, potentially making them feel more tender. If you have any concerns at all about changes to your breasts, you should always speak to your GP.
29. Burning Mouth Syndrome
Did you know that oestrogen also helps your body to produce saliva? When levels of this vital hormone drop, a woman’s mouth can become significantly more dry, leading to a burning tongue or overall burning mouth sensation.
30. New Allergies
Some women develop new allergies at this time of life as well. This is because hormonal changes can put pressure on the adrenal glands, making you more vulnerable to allergies.
31. Unexplained Tingling
This typically refers to tingling in the hands and feet, which can feel numb or be overtaken by a pins and needles-like sensation during menopause, due to fluctuating hormones impacting the nervous system.
32. Digestive Problems
Those changing hormones can also affect digestion, leaving you feeling more bloated, gassy and constipated during menopause. Some women report IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)-like symptoms.
33. Gum Problems
Gum health can naturally decline with age, but it is believed that oestrogen plays a role in the maintenance of oral health, so menopause could see you plagued by more gum problems than before.
34. Panic Disorder Development
In the same way that menopause can lead to spells of depression and anxiety, the hormonal imbalance can also result in feelings of panic. In some women, this can be so severe that it becomes a full-blown panic disorder. With this in mind, it’s so important to find a way to manage your changing hormones and associated menopause symptoms - remember, menopause supplements could help.