Symptoms of the Menopause

So how will you know if you are menopausal? Well, there are lots of different symptoms that could initially be misinterpreted as something else entirely, and we have the entire list of possible symptoms for you here:

  • Hot flushes (flashes)
  • Increase or decrease in headaches
  • Palpitations or irregular heart beat
  • Dry vagina, which can cause pain when you have sex
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Itchy skin – could feel like crawling
  • Breast tenderness
  • Muscle tension
  • Depression
  • Weight gain
  • Feeling light headed or dizziness
  • Tingling in the arms and legs
  • Burning sensation in the mouth
  • Changes in skin texture and tone
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Increased facial hair growth
  • Your breasts may shrink slightly
  • Night Sweats
  • Insomnia, difficulty sleeping
  • Mood swings
  • Tiredness (over and above the normal post surgical tiredness)
  • Memory lapses
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Aching muscles, joints and tendons
  • Gastrointestinal upsets, such as diahorrhea, wind, bloating,
  • Flatulence
  • Increase in allergies
  • Thinning hair
  • Change in body odour
  • Increase in bleeding gums
  • Changes in fingernails
  • Loss of interest in sex
  • Feelings of unspecific fear and dread
  • Severe anxiety/panic attacks
  • Vaginal walls become thinner and more susceptible to infection

As you can see there are a lot of possible symptoms, and it is highly unlikely that you will experience all of them, at least not on one day:-). Those that you do have may change as time goes on, some may disappear and others may become worse.

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