Back to Blog

35 Symptoms of Menopause

In this blog you can read all about the 35 symptoms related to Menopause and changes in hormonal balance. Click on the blog subjects to find out more... Common symptoms included in more detail: Hot Flushes: Common Signs •Sudden, intense feelings of heat •Rapid or irregular heartbeat and pulse •Flushing •Perspiration Caution: Hot Flushes come without warning Hot flushes are the body's reaction to decreased oestrogen levels. About 75 to 85% of women are estimated to get hot flushes...

July 28, 2016

Aching Joints & Muscular Issues

From stiff fingers and sore wrists to creaky knees, menopause joint aches can make everyday tasks a challenge, leaving you pained and drained. If you've been experiencing joint pain, you may have assumed you're just "getting older." However, like many women in their 40s and 50s, your bone health and joint mobility may be profoundly affected by the hormonal shifts that take place during menopause. Definition of Menopause Joint Aches Menopause joint pain, medically known as "arthralgia," occurs ...

July 28, 2016

Menopause Anxiety

For many women, heightened anxiety can strike during the years approaching and after menopause. Rattled nerves, endless cycles of worry, and even full-blown panic attacks can onset due to fluctuations in brain chemistry and hormones. Definition of Menopause Anxiety Anxiety during menopause describes the intense, pandemic and spiraling state of fear and worry that can overtake women during their premenopause, perimenopause, or post-menopause years. Causes of Anxiety During menopause, declines ...

July 28, 2016

Menopause Bloating

As hormonal shifts and declines occur during menopause, the body produces excess gas and retains fluids, causing pain and tightness in the abdomen. During menopause, women experience these effects as chronic bloating that leaves them feeling full, heavy and uncomfortable. In fact, menopause bloating can even affect eating habits, as meals that were once enjoyable leave women feeling gassy and swollen. Definition of Menopause Bloating This menopause symptom creates feelings of "fullness" and di...

July 28, 2016

Menopause Breast Pain

Breast pain is one of the most common symptoms of menopause. From general aches to sharp, stabbing pains in the breasts, the hormonal fluctuations that occur during menopause can cause frequent discomfort for women. Most common during the premenopause and perimenopause years, breast pain can also include tender, highly sensitive and swollen breasts. Definition of Breast Pain Referred to in the medical community as "mastalgia," "mammalgia" or "mastodynia," menopause breast pain causes discomfort...

July 28, 2016

Menopause Brittle Nails

Nails that crack, peel or split don't pose much of a threat to your health, but let's face it: there are enough changes to our appearance as we age. Losing the pretty, graceful nails we were once proud of is just one more of those aesthetic changes we don't need. If your once-lovely nails have become unsightly during the cessation of your menstrual cycle, there are ways to bring them back to their former beauty. Definition of Menopause Brittler Nails Nails either if we are talking about finger...

July 28, 2016

Burning Mouth Syndrome

Menopause Burning Mouth Syndrome causes a host of oral symptoms that can interfere with personal comfort during menopause. Though one of the least common symptoms of menopause, burning mouth is experienced by countless women as they approach the end of fertility. Unmanaged Burning Mouth Syndrome can also lead to secondary health concerns, as dental health may become affected. Definition of Burning Mouth Syndrome Menopause burning mouth syndrome occurs when women experience sensations of pa...

July 28, 2016

Changes in Body Odor in Menopause

Contrary to many people's beliefs, sweat does not cause body odor. There are two kinds of sweat, eccrine and aprocrine. Eccrine sweat is produced all over the body and is entirely odorless. Aprocrine sweat is a fatty sweat produced by glands located in the armpit and groin. While it too is odorless, the bacteria on your skin feed on the fatty components, and it is those bacterial by-products — including fatty acids and ammonia — that cause changes in body odor. Definition of Changes in Bo...

July 28, 2016

Decreased Libido

Menopause can be a mood killer. In fact, up to 40% of women lose the desire for intimacy during menopause. Maybe sex simply isn't on your mind as much as it used to be, leaving you out of touch with your sensual self. Perhaps you still experience desire, but menopause symptoms such as vaginal dryness or pain during intercourse detract from the pleasure you could be feeling. Definition of Menopause Loss of Libido Many women experience loss of libido during menopause — the sheer lack of sexua...

July 28, 2016

Depression

Depression can be debilitating during menopause, draining the joy from a woman's life and making everyday tasks more difficult. Because hormones are essential to the brain's ability to regulate mood, many women find themselves operating under a black cloud of depression when hormone balances begin to change. Fortunately, there are several ways that menopausal depression can be treated to restore you to your normal thoughts, feelings and emotions. Definition of Menopause Depression Depression ...

July 28, 2016

Development of Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is one of the most serious, and most stealthy, problems triggered by the hormonal imbalance of menopause. About one-third of all women over the age of 50 experience a broken bone that is a direct result of osteoporosis. Definition of Osteoporosis The word osteoporosis is derives from the Latin words for "porous" and "bone." The cells in your bones, like most others in your body, are continually dying and being replaced. With age, the body's ability to replace lost bone cells dimi...

July 28, 2016

Difficulty Concentrating

One of the more subtle – yet troubling – symptoms of menopause is the difficulty concentrating women experience with age. When a woman enters menopause, memory lapses, inability to focus, decreased concentration and fuzzy thinking can all contribute to a lack of focus. Facing problems in concentrating on things is one of the most common dilemmas of menopausal women. Women see this change in their behavior as something alarming and unforeseen. However, knowing about the disorder can not on...

July 28, 2016

Digestive Problems

Women are twice as likely as men to experience digestive problems, and for many women, these problems only worsen with menopause. From excessive bloating to incontinence, women can experience a host of digestive problems during menopause that disrupt and lower the quality of their daily lives. The vast majority of menopause digestive problems occur during perimenopause, as hormone levels randomize and descend, causing symptoms such as indigestion, constipation, diarrhea and even vomiting. Defin...

July 28, 2016

Menopause Dizziness

Feeling faint and light-headed? You may be experiencing a common symptom of the hormonal imbalance that accompanies menopause — menopausal dizziness. Dizzy spells can be caused by many different factors — but if you have just begun experiencing this problem as you approach menopause, hormones are probably to blame. Types of Dizziness Associated With Menopause There are three distinct types of dizziness: vertigo, disequilibrium and pre-syncope. Vertigo refers to the sensation that the room...

July 28, 2016

Electric Shock Sensations

Some women experience electric shock sensations during menopause, as the nervous system becomes affected by hormonal changes. Often described as a "snapping" or "zapping" feeling, this menopausal symptom can cause discomfort, pain and irritability during menopause. Definition of Menopause Electric Shock Sensations Snapping sensations are traveling or jolting pains throughout the body that occur on – or under – the surface of the skin. When electric shock sensations occur around the head a...

July 28, 2016

Fatigue or Low Energy

A lack of energy is one of the most common and most debilitating of all menopause symptoms, and affects almost 80 percent of all women. Extended periods of fatigue can wreak havoc on all areas of daily activity, including personal parenting, romantic relationships, professional abilities and general quality of life. Definition of Menopause Low Energy Low energy or fatigue can be defined as ongoing lethargy, a persistent feeling of weakness, apathy or general tiredness. Symptoms of Low Energy...

July 28, 2016

Gum Problems

Oral health problems may not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about the symptoms of menopause, but the reduced estrogen levels associated with the change of life affect almost every part of the body. Definition of Menopause Gum Problems Tender, bleeding gums, called gingivitis or periodontitis, can result from lower estrogen production. There may also be loss of tissue, leading to receding gums. Low estrogen also affects bone strength, so teeth and jawbones may become weakene...

July 28, 2016

Hair Loss

From the moment each hair is born and until it falls off, it goes through 3 phases: anagen, catagen and telogen. Anagen lasts from two to six years. During this period the hair strand keeps growing. During catagen, which lasts for about two weeks, the papilla gradually detaches from the hair follicle, but it still remains attached to the scalp. Finally during telogen, the last phase, the completely keratinized dead hair remains on the head for about one to four months. As the new hair shaft st...

July 28, 2016

Headaches

Whether you've found your headaches worsening with age, or began experiencing your first migraines in midlife, menopause may be the reason for intense, frequent headaches. Menopause headaches can range from mild to debilitating, sometimes incapacitating women for hours. While the factors involved in menopause headaches can vary, they all share a common cause – the hormonal imbalances created by advancing age and the loss of fertility. Definition of Menopause Headaches Headaches that cause p...

July 28, 2016

Hot Flushes

Probably one of the most troubling symptoms of menopause and perimenopause, hot flushes manifest through sudden jolts of heat, rising temperatures and reddening skin. You might even have trouble sleeping throughout the night because of sudden chills and profuse sweating. You Don't Have to Live With Hot Flushes You've probably been told that hot flushes are simply a fact of life – a consequence of menopause that all women must endure. You may have resigned yourself to the quickening hear bea...

July 28, 2016

Urinary Incontinence

This menopausal symptom is one of the most distressing and embarrassing of all menopause symptoms. If you've been struggling with last-minute dashes to the restroom, accidents and loss of bladder control, you're not alone. In fact, more than 40 percent of all menopausal and post-menopausal women suffer from urinary incontinence. Menopausal urinary incontinence is simply defined as the loss of bladder control. There are two primary types of urinary incontinence related to menopause. Stress uri...

July 28, 2016

Menopause Muscle Problems

As you approach perimenopause, you may begin to experience muscle problems related to hormonal changes in your body. You may experience painful, sore muscles that strain easily, or simply find your body holding tension in your muscles throughout the day. If left unattended, menopause muscle problems can lead to chronic pain, sedentary lifestyles, weight gain, and serious injuries. Definition of Menopause Muscle Problems Menopause muscle problems occur when muscles feel weak, tight, spasming, ...

July 28, 2016

Irregular Periods

One of the earliest signs that a woman is entering perimenopause is irregularity in what was previously a fairly regular menstrual periods. As one approaches menopause, spotting between periods and skipping periods signal weakening hormone signals and herald significant changes to come. Definition of Irregular Periods There can be no simple definition of irregular periods due to the wide variation in what is considered a woman's regular menstrual cycle. Changes in your usual cycle, whether th...

July 28, 2016

Irritability

You've always been a patient person, with a listening ear, a shoulder to cry on and a welcoming smile. But since you've entered menopause, you've found yourself growing irritable at the smallest disruptions and annoyances – or sometimes, for no discernible reason at all. You're likely experiencing menopause irritability – a mood disruption that occurs as a symptom of menopause caused by hormonal imbalance. Definition of Irritability Menopause irritability often involves high levels of neg...

July 28, 2016

Itching Skin

Do you notice yourself itching a lot since you've entered perimenopause? Maybe your itching is accompanied by other midlife skin problems such as menopause rashes, eczema or hives. Maybe menopause itching alone has caused fatigue, distraction and annoyance during your daily life. Amberen can help alleviate menopause itching by working from the inside out. Definition of Menopause Itching During perimenopause, many women experience itchy skin due to hormone declines in the body. Clinically know...

July 28, 2016 Posts 1-25 of 36 | Page next