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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 at the Australian Menopause Centre that will relieve your symptoms to carry on with your daily routine.

Anxiety

Anxiety

We know that anxiety is something that affects most people at some time or other. With women it is more common that men, in fact it is twice as common. Hormonal imbalance brought about by hormone changes through menopause which is something that all women will experience although not all menopausal women will experience the same symptoms. In the USA alone more than 40 million people are suffering from an anxiety disorder in some from or other. Women who experience anxiety during menopause need to understand anxiety and its causes how to get the appropriate relief whilst going through menopause.

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Bloating

Bloating

A common and uncomfortable symptom of menopause is the feeling of bloating. It is characterised by an uncomfortable feeling of fulness sometimes causing pain and discomfort or a cramped feeling in the abdomen. Increased abdominal gas is also a contributor to bloating.

It is important to understand why bloating happens so frequently among women of menopausal age in order to gain a handle on this uncomfortably familiar symptom. Whilst some women may experience bloating occasionally, the extent and length of each episode of bloating can vary from woman to woman.

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Breast Pain & Tenderness

Breast Pain & Tenderness

Sore, tender and painful beasts are symptoms often felt during peri-menopause which is the time preceding menopause and where your periods become irregular and Menopause is officially when you have not had a period for 12 months.

The actual medical word for this type of breast pain is Mastalgia. It can be cyclical or non-cyclical and is more often a result of hormonal imbalance or hormonal change. Women will experience breast pain and tenderness in peri menopause as well as in menopause.

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Burning Tongue

Burning Tongue

Burning tongue or burning mouth syndrome is a very painful symptom of menopause whereby pain occurs on the roof of your mouth, lips, your tongue, particularly the back of the tongue and tip of the tongue, even throughout your mouth. Whilst it is not one of the most common symptoms of menopause, women are several times more likely to develop this symptom and it is a problem for painful problem for those unfortunate enough to develop it.

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Depression

Depression

Menopause and depression can have a surprising similarity of symptoms. Symptoms such as irritability, sleeplessness, fatigue and tiredness, concentration problems and anxiety are all symptoms of menopause but can also be symptoms of depression.

Yet depression is a common symptom of menopause and as hormonal imbalance is a main contributor to depression and as such, can be treated. Women in particular seem to be more prone to depression and when menopausal, they become even more vulnerable. Determining the signs and symptoms of depression can be a challenge.

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Digestive Problems

Digestive Problems

Our digestive system is integral to the body and contributes to our overall health. By having a healthy digestive system, we can be assured that we will generally feel good as the result of a healthy gut, meaning that food is efficiently digested and processed in the body. During peri menopause and menopause, problems can develop. The feeling of bloating, gas or wind, constipation which can develop is uncomfortable and hormonal fluctuations mean that the normal healthy digestive system starts to unravel.

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Dizziness

Dizziness

Dizziness can be a symptom of menopause although not as common as some of the other symptoms that women suffer. Dizziness can be caused by changes to hormones which occur at menopause. Whilst many women suffer from night sweats, hot flushes, stress and anxiety, dizziness may not necessarily be present for all menopausal women.

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Fatigue

Fatigue

Persistent lack of energy is a symptom of peri- menopause and menopause, yet many cannot explain why they feel so exhausted and tired. Previously you were able to spring through the day but now quite suddenly it seems that all that has changed and you are now a tired, weary mess. Symptoms of fatigue in per – menopause and menopause can include loss of attentiveness, mental fuzziness and a general feeling constant weariness, memory and generally lacking alertness. Your get up and go has ’got up and went’.

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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

Many factors contribute to headaches for both men and women, including family history and age. Women, however, often notice a relationship between headaches and hormonal changes. The hormones oestrogen and progesterone play key roles in regulating the menstrual cycle and may also affect headache-related chemicals in the brain.

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Heart Palpitations

Heart Palpitations

As women approach Menopause, they can develop heart palpitations. The changes in hormone levels can make the heart pound or flutter. This symptom of fluttering or pounding is commonly called heart palpitations. Often the heart palpitation occurs in the middle of a hot flush which is also associated with menopause.

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Hot Flushes

Hot Flushes

During Peri – menopause and Menopause, the most common symptom that women complain about is hot flushes known by others as hot flashes. Hormonal fluctuation is the main contributor to hot flushes which are very debilitating and described as a sudden feeling of heat or warmth often accompanied by profuse sweating. Hot flushes can reduce a confident, self – assured woman into a sweaty, confused mess. They can sometimes be associated with other symptoms such as nausea or a feeling of being unwell.

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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 Irritability is a symptom affecting more than half of women in peri – menopause and menopause. Changes in hormone levels are believed to be the main causes of irritability at this stage of their lives.

The transitional stage prior to menopause is known as peri – menopause where the fluctuations on hormone levels give rise to irritability. Irritability may start off slowly and tends to become more prevalent making day to day interactions increasingly difficult. Because you are not normally irritable, you may feel confused and upset by your behaviour.

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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

In menopause you may experience a change to your sex drive or libido. It is not uncommon at this stage of life to experience a decrease in the desire for sex and among the numerous symptoms of menopause the loss of libido ranks among the more difficult symptoms to manage. Not every woman will go through the decrease in their libido although it is quite common and can be traced to lowered levels of hormones.

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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.

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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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