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What are some common menopause symptoms you may experience?

Hot flushes and irregular periods are two of the most common menopause symptoms that women will experience. Others such as night sweats, low libido and vaginal dryness are also common between women and you can find more information below about their prevalence, guides on how to seek support and the options available for menopause remedies prescribed by Doctors in the Australian Menopause Centre that will relieve your symptoms to carry on with your daily routine.

Anxiety

Anxiety

Anxiety is one of the symptoms that can be associated with menopause. Anxiety can be described as a sense of apprehension, dread or foreboding. Women may experience shortness of breath. They may feel dizzy or lightheaded as well as tense. This can lead to other symptoms such as insomnia and fatigue or possibly headaches and even an upset stomach.

It is very important to recognise if you do struggle with anxiety so there can be an effective change in your health and lifestyle. You may be starting peri menopause or menopause and this can bring on anxiety as you face changes. Your hormones may need supplementation to deal with these changes. As well as supplementation we would recommend that you relieve your anxiety by exercising more regularly. At times when you are nervous or feel stressed simply taking a walk will assist in burning energy. There are many forms of exercise which can help such as riding a bike, swimming and yoga. The added benefit of this exercise is that it will work along with hormone supplementation to overcome anxiety but be good for your health in general. Menopause should not be an anxious time and there is something you can do.

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Bloating

Bloating

One of the most unpopular yet nevertheless frequently experienced symptoms of menopause is bloating. This is closely related to an increase in intestinal gas and fluid retention caused by fluctuating hormones, and may also be associated with weight gain. A symptom commonly associated with the menstrual cycle, women who have dealt with bloating in the past as it occurs with PMS will most likely recognize the symptom as a part of menopause.

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Breast Pain & Tenderness

Breast Pain & Tenderness

Breast pain or tenderness can be described as discomfort or soreness associated within the breast tissue. This pain also includes swelling of the breasts. Women can suffer severe pain or tenderness in peri menopause and menopause and this can be a continuing symptom after these stages. Hormonal imbalance is the most probable cause for breast pain.

It is important that hormone imbalance is addressed in order to reduce soreness and pain. The sooner hormone levels are normalised, the sooner relief can be forthcoming. Symptoms can vary in that they can be constant or intermittent. You may experience pain or tenderness in one breast or both. It can be in a small area of the breast or just in one or two sections.

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Burning Tongue

Burning Tongue

Burning tongue can be a very irritating and painful menopause symptom. Just like the name suggests, burning tongue occurs when an individual experiences a burning sensation on the tongue. Everyone has sipped a beverage such as coffee or tea that is too hot and burned her tongue. This is the sensation that those who suffer from burning tongue experience constantly.

Burning tongue affects women seven times as often as men.  Women going through hormonal transitions, such as the time leading up to menopause, are at an even greater risk of developing the symptom, because hormonal imbalance is known to cause burning tongue.

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Depression

Depression

Depression is a common yet potentially serious symptom of menopause. It entails more than the occasional bout of sadness and, if not treated, can lead to more severe mental disorders and a lessened quality of life.

Women are especially susceptible to depression and when approaching menopause are even more so. Women ages 45 to 55 are four times more likely to have depression than women who have not yet reached that stage in life.

The main reason women, especially menopausal women, are more likely to suffer from depression is because of their hormonal imbalance. Continue reading to learn all about depression, its signs and symptoms, causes, and treatment options.

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Digestive Problems

Digestive Problems

The digestive system is an all-important part of the body that can determine the overall health of a woman. Many women report that digestive problems begin to occur in the years leading up to menopause, called Perimenopause. Not only can digestive problems cause discomfort, but they can also lead to more serious health concerns.

Hormonal imbalance during Perimenopause is one of the primary causes of digestive problems for women between the ages of 45 and 55. Luckily there are treatments that can bring a woman’s hormones back in balance and relieve her digestive problems and other menopausal symptoms.

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Dizziness

Dizziness

While not as well-known as hot flushes or irregular periods, dizziness is a common symptom of menopause caused by hormonal fluctuations. Many menopausal women report bouts of dizziness and vertigo, which may or may not be associated with other menopausal symptoms, such as hot flushes and anxiety.

The first step towards managing dizziness during menopause is to learn more about its symptoms, causes, and treatment. Please read on to discover important information about dizziness, which can help a woman determine the best way to manage this common symptom of menopause.

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Fatigue

Fatigue

Fatigue and lack of sleep not only affect quality of life, but can also lead to serious health consequences. Fatigue can also lead to other conditions and the cause of fatigue should be addressed as soon as possible.

Menopause symptoms related to fatigue can be a desire to take a nap in the afternoon, sleepiness during the day, general lack of energy or that feeling that you need to drag yourself through the day and where your daily routine becomes difficult. You may experience mood changes that are hard to explain and you become more and more irritable and feel more and more worn out.

It is known that during Menopause, your body circulates less Oestrogen. This can set off changes right through your system that can interrupt your sleeping patterns and makes it difficult to get to sleep or stay asleep. The changes often include: night sweats, hot flushes, anxiety, pain, even bouts of depression. It should be noted here that fatigue brought on by Menopause can be different to that of adrenal fatigue. By addressing your oestrogen and progesterone deficiencies, you may still not alleviate your fatigue and further adrenal support in conjunction with your BHRT supplementation may be required.

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Hair Loss

Hair Loss

Hair loss during Menopause may be caused by fluctuating levels of Oestrogen in the body. Oestrogen plays a prominent role in hair growth by helping hair grow faster and stay on the head longer. When Oestrogen levels are lower during Menopause, it can lead to thinner hair and for many women, hair loss during this stage.

This Oestrogen imbalance can also impact on other hormones such as Progesterone and Testosterone. This in turn can also result in hair loss during Menopause.

Additionally, there can be number of other factors that need to be considered in relation to hair loss. Lifestyle and emotional issues are part of the equation and are related risk factors leading to possible hair loss during Menopause.

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Headaches

Headaches

Headaches during menopause can incapacitate women who experience them. For instance in the case of migraine headaches, the pain generally comes on slowly in one side of the head, builds, and begins to pulsate and throb. Women who suffer from headaches of this nature can have difficulty accomplishing the routine tasks of life while in the heat of a painful fit. Fortunately, women don’t have to live with this debilitating yet common symptom of menopause

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Heart Palpitations

Heart Palpitations

When oestrogen levels change especially as you enter menopause it can be accompanied by irregular heartbeat. Any change to your heartbeat is cause for concern and women who experience this during menopause can become apprehensive and worried especially as the occurrences can be sudden and without warning. Irregular heartbeat which can be medically describes as tachycardia or more commonly heart palpitations.

Variations or changes to oestrogen levels in menopause and peri-menopause are usually the cause of irregular heartbeat. Of course other medical issues can be the cause of irregular heartbeat. These include reactions to certain medications, fever and anaemia, low oxygen levels in your blood, overactive thyroid, hyperventilation, or even heart disease. More simple explanations can be caffeine, nicotine, exercise and stress.

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Hot Flushes

Hot Flushes

Hot flushes is a common menopause symptom that can be very debilitating. The cause of hot flushes has not yet been fully studied. It is thought that reduction in levels of oestrogen may be the main cause of hot flushes. Some research has been conducted pointing to the possibility that flushes may be due to a change in the hypothalamus’s control of temperature regulation. This would mean that the sensation of heat is not merely imaginary, but due to actual changes in body core temperature.

Hot Flushes are a common symptom of Peri Menopause and Menopause and are mostly experienced as a feeling of intense heat with sweating and sometimes faster heartbeat. They may typically last from two minutes to up to thirty minutes at a time. The sensation of heat usually begins in the face or chest, although it may appear elsewhere such as the back of the neck, and it can spread throughout the whole body. Some women feel as if they are going to faint. In addition to being an internal sensation, the surface of the skin, especially the face, becomes hot to the touch and may be accompanied by a reddening of the face.

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Incontinence

Incontinence

Many women, on the cusp of menopause, experience urinary incontinence. They tend to notice the lack of bladder control especially when sneezing or laughing. This is a common occurrence in many women who have menopause symptoms and is not one you should be embarrassed of.

As a woman approaches menopause, her hormone production begins to decrease, which leads to a multitude of physical changes, including incontinence. To understand how to treat this symptom, it’s best to first understand exactly what it is, what causes it, and finally, what treatment options are available.

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Irregular Periods

Irregular Periods

There are numerous causes of Irregular Periods although women over the age of 40 may find that they are in Peri Menopause which is the period of transition leading into Menopause. Generally a woman is not considered to be in full Menopause until she has had not had a period for 12 months.

Other causes of irregular periods include PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome), Hypothyroidism and even stress. There is valuable information provided by The AMC regarding this symptom below.

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Irritability

Irritability

In addition to myriad physical effects, emotional symptoms are a common feature of the menopausal transition. In fact, up to 50% of all Perimenopausal women experience disturbances in mood, including irritability. While several factors can contribute to irritability in our daily lives, hormonal fluctuations characteristic of menopause are often the prime cause of irritability and other negative emotional states during this major life transition.

One of the most important things to remember is that irritability can be a normal part of the menopausal process. Many women find it helps to learn more about irritability during menopause, because a greater understanding of its symptoms and causes can help determine the most appropriate way to manage irritability and mitigate its effects.

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Itchy Skin

Itchy Skin

While most women are familiar with the common menopausal symptoms, such as hot flushes, many are unaware of menopausal effects on the skin. Itchy Skin is experience by many women during the menopausal transition. Skin problems during menopause are closely linked with hormonal changes characteristic of this natural period of change.

Skin changes can begin as early as Perimenopause, or the time leading up to the cessation of menstrual periods, which can range from three to ten years. Other women may experience skin changes after menopause.

Women who begin to experience dry or itchy skin during menopause are smart to take the time to learn more about this symptom, its causes, and its treatment.

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Lack of concentration

Lack of concentration

Fuzzy thinking or general lack of concentration can be a common symptom of Menopause and also in Peri Menopause. The difficulty of being able to think straight is actually part of the onset of Peri Menopause as well as Menopause and women frequently complain of poor short-term memory and a loss of concentration at this time. You will find that you may be forgetting things more frequently or not being able to focus on things that you have to do. You are experiencing a very different time in your life, especially in Peri Menopause where stress, irregular periods, hot flushes and other symptoms such as mood swings etc, make you worry more about your memory and concentration problems. This can make a difficult time even more so.

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Joint Pain

Joint Pain

As women get older they often suffer from joint pain. Although this is a common problem in both men and women embarking on their golden years, joint pain is also a symptom of menopause that can be eased with proper knowledge and treatment.

As a woman approaches menopause, typically between the ages of 45 and 55, her body goes through drastic hormonal fluctuations that can affect her in many ways. Hormones play a major role in a woman’s bone and joint health. When her hormones become imbalanced during menopause she will often experience joint pain. Continue reading to learn more about joint pain, its causes, and the treatment options available by clicking the link below.

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Low Libido

Low Libido

Hormone imbalances during Peri Menopause and Menopause are ranked among the main reasons of Low Libido in women. Thinning of vaginal walls can be caused by too little oestrogen and or too much progesterone. This can also result in painful intercourse. Such symptoms as Mood Swings, Fatigue and even the gaining of weight related to low hormone levels can also have a distinct effect on sexual function and sex drive. Declining Testosterone levels too, can be a factor in low sex drive. Testosterone is produced in the ovaries and also the adrenal glands and whilst highest levels occur in the early twenties, testosterone declines as the years progress and a woman over 40 can have half the level of testosterone she produced when she was 20.

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Memory loss

Memory loss

Memory loss is another common symptom of Peri Menopause and Menopause. Oestrogen stimulates neurotransmitters in certain regions of the brain which are related to memory. Your language and mood are affected when Oestrogen is not aiding these neurotransmitters to communicate between cells. Low Oestrogen levels result in the brain not being able to function at full capacity. Symptoms such as increased stress, lack of sleep and weight gain can influence the memory. It is possible that supplementing the body with bio-identical Oestrogen can lead to improved memory. In addition consumption of food such as fish, blueberries and nuts, as well as some soy products within your diet may help boost your memory and retention.

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Mood Swings

Mood Swings

Mood Swings are described as an extreme or rapid change in mood. Hormonal imbalance experienced during Peri Menopause and Menopause where there are fluctuating hormone levels of oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone results in mood swings that can be wild and erratic.

Women often find themselves reacting to the slightest things with unexplainable anger or irritability. There can be great emotional stress suffered by women because of these mood swings and often result in people around them being affected as well. Relationships suffer and women find themselves wondering what is happening.

The Australian Menopause Centre Doctors are able to prescribe bio-identical hormone replacement therapies to help you take back control of your menopause symptoms.

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Muscle Tension

Muscle Tension

As women approach menopause, many will notice the onset of muscle tension. This is a common menopause symptom that is a normal part of getting older; however, there are treatments that can help alleviate muscle tension related to menopause.

Women between the ages of 45 and 55 begin to experience hormonal fluctuations that pre-empt the eventual low levels of hormones that set in once menopause has been achieved and thereafter. This hormonal imbalance is responsible for muscle tension prior to menopause.

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Night Sweats

Night Sweats

For women, night sweats can be described as extreme or excessive sweating during sleep, resulting in women often waking up in a lather of sweat. Probably the most common cause of night sweats in women 45+ is related to hormonal changes which occur. This is most usually connected to Peri Menopause or Menopause. Night sweats can be very debilitating as the sufferer finds sleep difficult or almost impossible.

The doctors at the Australian Menopause Centre prescribe BHRT (bio-identical hormones) for the relief of symptoms of Peri Menopause and Menopause. Bio-identical hormones are plant derived and have a biochemical structure similar to that which the body produces naturally.

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Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is perhaps the most serious symptom of menopause because it can lead to severe health problems such as chronic back pain and broken bones. Not only does osteoporosis threaten a woman’s physical health, but the disease can come on slowly and go unrecognized until a bone is fractured.
About 33% of women over 50 will experience bone fractures as a result of osteoporosis. The hormonal fluctuations that precede menopause and the permanently low hormonal levels of postmenopause play a major role in the onset of osteoporosis.
There are treatment options available, but first it’s important to be educated about osteoporosis in order to know how to prevent and treat it

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Panic Disorder

Panic Disorder

Panic disorder during menopause can become a very debilitating symptom for many women. Sometimes, for apparently no reason at all, a woman’s heart speeds, her breathing quickens, sweat beads on the brow, and she experiences rushes of energy, as though her “fight-or-flight” instinct has been activated. Because of the hormonal fluctuations occurring inside the menopausal woman’s bodies, several physical and psychological effects take place, such as panic disorder.

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Sleep Disorders

Sleep Disorders

More than 50% of people suffer from symptoms of sleep disorders and it is thought that the figure could be even higher.

Correct sleep is vital to help you improve concentration as well as enabling your brain to capture and organise memories and assist in learning. It is very important to have proper sleep. Poor or broken sleep can make you bad tempered and touchy. It can affect you emotionally and can affect your ability to make decisions as well as affecting your social skills and relationships with others around you. Your immune system depends on getting adequate sleep in order to remain healthy.

There are many tips and suggestions such as, maintaining a schedule that includes such advice as regular routines of going to bed at the same time each day where possible, ensuring you have a suitable comfortable mattress and pillows, using your bedroom for sleep specifically and not for other daily routines, ensuring the room is dark and quiet, not eating two or three hours prior to sleep, avoiding such things as tea, coffee and chocolate or other drinks that may contain caffeine. Consumption of Alcohol is also not good as it can lead to a disruption to your sleep as the night progresses.

At the Australian Menopause Centre, our treatment programs may provide you the relief you need. Such things as Oestrogen dominance, low Oestrogen and adrenal overstimulation can all lead to problems with sleep.

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Tingling Extremities

Tingling Extremities

While not a common symptom of menopause and postmenopause, tingling extremities is an unsettling and unexpected symptom some women experience. This tingling can affect any part of the body though it commonly affects the feet, legs, arms, and hands. Tingling extremities during menopause are usually the result of fluctuations in hormones.

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Vaginal Dryness

Vaginal Dryness

Vaginal Dryness is very common in women going through Menopause with about a third of women being affected. Women suffering from Vaginal Dryness can find it very distressing with the lack of moisture causing irritation and pain and having a major impact on sexual enjoyment. Sexual intercourse becomes painful or very uncomfortable. After Menopause, Vaginal Dryness becomes even more common. Declining oestrogen levels during menopause reduces the amount of moisture created. Topical Oestrogen can help to relieve the symptoms of Vaginal Dryness.

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The symptoms of menopause may be different from one woman to another

Menopause symptoms are caused by what is called a hormonal imbalance usually between the age of 40 and 50. You are not the same as another woman and will experience different menopause symptoms during the stages of menopause. The 34 menopause symptoms listed below are what have been found as the main symptoms that a menopausal woman may feel at one point or another when their reproductive system has begun to come to an end.

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