31 Menopause Signs and Symptoms
1-Tingling Extremities:Tingling extremities is where menopausal women experience the feeling of “creepy-crawlies” walking all over their skin, a burning sensation like an insect sting, or super-sensitivity in their hands, arms, legs, and feet. In most people, tingling is harmless, usually occurring due to a pinched nerve or compressed artery, which reduces blood flow through the extremity causing it to “fall asleep”. However, in menopausal women, tingling end point is likely caused by the effect that low estrogen levels have on the central nervous system.
2-Burning Tongue:Burning mouth syndrome is a convoluted , vexing condition in which a burning pain occurs on the tongue or lips, or throughout the whole mouth, without visible signs of irritation, but accompanied with other Menopause Signs and Symptoms such as bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth. Burning tongue affects up to 5% of U.S. adults, women seven times more than men. It generally occurs after age 60, but it may occur in younger people as well.
3-Changes in Body Odor:Changes in body odor can make the menopausal women experiencing them very self-conscious. Menopausal hormonal changes cause an increase in sweat production, in response to physical Menopause Signs and Symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats, or psychological Menopause Signs and Symptoms such as anxiety and panic disorder. This increase in sweat production can lead to increased body odor, even while maintaining a good personal hygiene regimen.
4-Hair Loss or Thinning:Hair loss, one of the most physically noticeable Menopause Signs and Symptoms, is caused by estrogen deficiency, because hair follicles need estrogen to sustain hair growth.
5-Muscle Tension:Muscle tension is when muscles, especially the ones in the neck, shoulders, and back, feel tight or strained, or when there is a general increase in aches, pains, soreness, and stiffness throughout the body. Muscle tension is a common symptom of menopause
6-Hot Flashes:Hot flashes result from the body’s reaction to a decreased supply of the hormone estrogen, which occurs naturally as women approach menopause. Not all women experience hot flashes, but more than half do. For some women, estrogen production decreases gradually, producing fewer hot flashes. But for others, the ovaries stop estrogen production more abruptly; for these women, hot flashes can be a rollercoaster ride. About 75 to 85% of American women are estimated to experience hot flashes during menopause.
7-Night Sweats:Night sweats are classified as severe hot flashes that occur during sleep accompanied by intense bouts of sweating. Also known as “sleep hyperhidrosis”, night sweats aren’t actually a sleep disorder, but a common perspiration disorder that occurs during sleep in menopausal women.
8-Irregular Periods:Menstrual irregularity is most common in a woman in her mid-40’s as she approaches menopause; the most likely cause of this is hormonal imbalance caused by decreasing levels of estrogen and progesterone. Irregular periods could also be caused by other medical conditions or even pregnancy.
9-Loss of Libido:Loss of libido can also be caused by other Menopause Signs and Symptoms themselves, such as vaginal dryness or depression, or by prescription drugs, including medication prescribed to treat menopause symptoms.
10-Vaginal Dryness:Vaginal dryness occurs when the usually moist and soft feeling of the lining of the vagina disappears, bringing about Menopause Signs and Symptoms such as itchiness and irritation. When estrogen levels drop during perimenopause, the vaginal tissue becomes drier, thinner, and less elastic. Lack of lubrication leads to sex becoming uncomfortable, and the vagina is frequently itchy, easily irritated, and more prone to infections.
11-Mood Swings:Menopausal mood swings are surprisingly common, but can be hard to cope with. A woman experiencing mood swings may feel like she is on a rollercoaster of emotions: one minute she’s up, the next minute she’s down. Mood swings can be sudden and intense, although the experience of them may differ from woman to woman.
12-Fatigue:Fatigue, one of the most commonMenopause Signs and Symptoms, is defined as an ongoing and persistent feeling of weakness, tiredness, and lowered energy levels, rather than just sleepiness or drowsiness.
13-Itchy, Crawly Skin:Itchy skin is one of the first Menopause Signs and Symptoms to appear because collagen loss is most rapid at the beginning of menopause.
Sleep Disorders:Waking many times during the night, tossing and turning, and insomnia, are all sleep disorders connected with menopause.
14-Difficulty Concentrating:In the lead-up to menopause, many women are concerned to find they have trouble remembering things, experience mental blocks, or have difficulty concentrating. This can be confusing or worrying for women, and can have a big impact on all aspects of daily life. The main reason why these Menopause Signs and Symptoms occur during menopause is hormonal imbalance, specifically estrogen deficiency.
15-Memory Lapses:Women approaching menopause often complain of memory loss, memory lapses, and an inability to concentrate.
16-Dizziness:Dizziness is a symptom of many medical conditions; however, it is also a possible symptom of menopause, caused by fluctuations in hormonal levels such as estrogen. Women who experience unexplained dizzy spells should consult their doctor to distinguish between trivial problems, serious illnesses, and dizziness caused by hormonal imbalance.
17-Weight Gain:Weight gain, specifically a thickening around the waist, is another sign of changing hormones levels during menopause. While some sources claim that menopause has nothing to do with weight gain, hormonal changes during menopause actually influence weight gain and redistribution of fat. For example, fewer circulating estrogen hormones lead the body to retain more fat cells as an alternative source of components of estrogen.
18-Incontinence:Incontinence in menopausal women can be divided into three types. Stress incontinence is the accidental release of urine while laughing, coughing, sneezing, or due to over-exertion. This usually happens when the internal muscles fail to work effectively, because of age, surgery, or childbirth.
19-Bloating:Bloating occurs in most women throughout their lives, due to digestive issues or as a part of PMS. This symptom is characterized by a swollen belly, a feeling of tightness, and discomfort or pain in the stomach area.
20-Allergies:Allergies can be a frustrating menopause symptom, as they can impair daily life. Most women only experience “mild” Menopause Signs and Symptoms such as rashes, sneezing, and itchy eyes, but in the case of extreme allergy symptoms such as swelling, dizziness, and cramping, it is important to seek urgent medical treatment. Mild symptoms could be avoided by making simple lifestyle changes, as well as by treating the underlying hormonal imbalance
21-Brittle Nails:Nail appearance can tell a lot about a person’s general health and habits. There are a variety of nail changes that occur during menopause that could indicate an underlying problem, but the most common is brittle nails, or nails that are softer, or that crack, split, or break horizontally across the top of the nail. This can indicate a nutritional deficiency; however, in menopausal women brittle nails are usually due to hormonal imbalance. Low estrogen levels cause dehydration in the body, leading to dryness of the skin, hair, and nails.
22-Irregular Heartbeat:Irregular heartbeat is one of the more concerning Menopause Signs and Symptoms. Bouts of pounding, rapid heartbeat scare many women because of their sudden onset and the difficulty in calming them. One of the causes of these symptoms during menopause is hormonal imbalance.
23-Anxiety:Anxiety is a vague or intense feeling caused by physical or psychological conditions, typified by feelings of agitation and loss of emotional control. Anxiety or feelings of anxiousness are also associated with panic attacks, and can manifest as physical Menopause Signs and Symptoms such as rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath, and palpitations. Anxiety during menopause is caused by the sudden drop in estrogen levels circulating in the body, which reduce the production of neurotransmitters responsible for mood regulation, such as serotonin and dopamine.
24-Irritability:Many menopausal women also feel irritable or “on edge” a lot of the time due to the added stresses of otherMenopause Signs and Symptoms, such as hot flashes and sleep disorders. If irritability persists for more than a week and is adversely affecting job performance and relationships with family, friends, and co-workers, seeking the advice of a medical practitioner is recommended
25-Panic Disorder:Panic disorder can be extremely scary for women who experience it, but it is possible to overcome it by treating the root of the cause – hormonal imbalance – through making simple lifestyle changes complemented by alternative medicines. If a woman’s quality of life is disrupted by this symptom, it is important to seek the advice of a doctor.
Breast Pain: Breast Pain is one of the Menopause Signs and Symptoms.
26-Headaches:Headaches can be caused by a variety of factors such as muscle tension, drinking too much alcohol, or as a side effect of common illnesses such as the flu. However, headaches are also linked with the effects of hormonal imbalance, and therefore with the various stages of reproductive life.
27-Joint Pain:Joint pain is one of the most common Menopause Signs and Symptoms. It is thought that more than half of all postmenopausal women experience varying degrees of joint pain. Joint pain is an unexplained soreness in muscles and joints, which is unrelated to trauma or exercise, but may be related to the effects of fluctuating hormone levels on the immune system. Estrogen helps prevent inflammation in the joints, so low levels of estrogen during menopause can lead to increased instances of inflammation, and therefore increased joint pain.
28-Electric Shock Sensation:This symptom presents a peculiar “electric” sensation, like the feeling of a rubber band snapping in the layer of tissue between skin and muscle, or, when it appears as a precursor to a hot flash, it is often felt across the head. Electric shocks usually only occur for a brief moment, but it can still be quite an unpleasant sensation. The cause of electric shock sensation in menopause is thought to be related to the effect of fluctuating estrogen levels on the cardiovascular and nervous systems.
29-Digestive Problems:Digestive problems are defined as changes in gastrointestinal function, with Menopause Signs and Symptoms such as excessive gas production, gastrointestinal cramping, and nausea. There are a couple of reasons why menopausal women might be experiencing more digestive problems than previously:hormonal imbalance disrupts the natural transit of food in the gut, and stress has an adverse effect on the normal functioning of hormones.
30-Gum Problems:Gum problems are common among menopausal women; although these could be due to poor dental hygiene, they are also caused by menopausal hormonal changes, mainly estrogen deficiency.
31-Itchy, Crawly Skin:When estrogen levels drop during perimenopause, collagen production also slows down. Collagen is responsible for keeping skin toned, fresh-looking, and resilient. So when the body starts running low on collagen, it shows in the skin, as the skin gets thinner, drier, flakier, and less youthful-looking. Skin dryness leads to pruritus, or itchy skin, a frustrating symptom that can disrupt both women’s sleeping and waking lives.