Signs and Symptoms of Menopause
Overview During menopause the majority of women will experience both emotional and physical symptoms. The most common symptom that women complain about are hot flushes […]
Overview Night sweats are one of the most common symptoms of menopause, leaving women with disturbed sleep and resulting in exhaustion during the day as […]
Studies show that lack of sleep leads to decreased function in the daytime, including lack of concentration, irritability, and a weaker immune system. For women […]
Overview A woman is defined as having entered the menopause stage when they have not had a period for 12 months (1). During the period […]
Irritability is a symptom affecting more than half of women in peri – menopause and menopause. Changes in hormone levels are believed to be the […]
Vaginal dryness, itching, irritation, and/or pain with sexual intercourse (know as dyspareunia) are common symptoms associated with vaginal atrophy. Changes in the vagina can also […]
For many women, menopause can affect their libido, or sex drive, sometimes with an increase in libido, but more often, a decrease. During the onset […]
The Arrival of Menopause Fatigue can be Persistent and Severe, Significantly Affecting your Quality of Life Hormone levels can rise and fall in variable ways […]
Menopausal weight gain is one of the most common and frustrating complaints experienced by women, in middle age. Weight gain is normal and extremely common […]
As women approach menopause, many will notice the onset of muscle tension. This is a common menopausal symptom that is a normal part of getting […]
What do we mean when we say, ‘menopause anxiety’? This term refers to the increased tendency for women experiencing menopause, peri-menopause or post-menopause to suffer […]
Depression and menopause have a variety of common symptoms, which can make differentiating between them challenging. But ‘menopause depression’, refers to the common and very […]
Menopause and Peri menopause can bring with it joint pain. The changes in hormonal levels which occur during the onset and duration of menopause can […]
For many women going through menopause, memory loss can be the most concerning symptom. They can lead women to believe their minds are receding into […]
Breast pain during menopause refers to the discomfort and pain which women may experience throughout the different menopausal stages. Peri-menopause—the stage preceding menopause, in which […]
What does the term ‘menopause bloating’ refer to? When we speak about menopause bloating, we’re referring to the very common (and uncomfortable!) symptom of bloating […]
Fuzzy thinking or general lack of concentration can be a common symptom of menopause and also in perimenopause. The difficulty of being able to think […]
Overview Hormonal changes in menopause not only can result in hot flushes and night sweats but also can be attributed to problems concerning skin. It is […]
Perimenopause, the time immediately preceding menopause, is a period of transition during which women can experience symptoms related to hormonal changes such as irregular periods. […]
Overview There is a strong link between migraines and the female sexual hormones – oestrogen and progesterone. Both perimenopause and menopause result from a change in hormone […]
Skipped Heartbeats or a Racing Heart are Often Common Symptoms of Perimenopause or Menopause. These heart palpitations symptoms will often only last a few seconds […]
Overview Menopause is a time in a woman’s life where many changes occur. These changes are mainly hormonal and can, in turn, influence our physical […]
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. […]
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 […]
Though not as common as other menopause symptoms, occurrences of dizziness can affect some women during menopause. At this point, researcher are not completely certain […]
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 […]
What does the term ‘burning tongue’ refer to? Burning tongue in menopause refers to a very, very painful symptom characterised by a burning sensation in […]
Although a more obscure menopausal symptom, occurrences or exacerbations of allergies during menopause can occur. However it is not entirely known what the direct link […]
The arrival of Menopause Symptoms can significantly affect your quality of life and be a confusing and negative new experience.
Many women contact us at the Australian Menopause Centre to understand more about what are some of the common menopause symptoms that they may experience with the arrival of menopause?
Hot flushes and irregular periods are two of the most common menopause signs that women will experience. Others such as night sweats, low libido and vaginal dryness are also very common among women going through menopause, and you can learn more about their prevalence, guides on how to seek support and the options available for menopause treatments prescribed by the doctors at the Australian Menopause Centre through the links on this page. (1)
Menopause Signs Facts
- All women will experience the symptoms or other physical changes related to menopause
- The average age of menopause occurs at 51 years, but it can happen earlier
- Hormonal changes are what causes menopausal symptoms
- Symptoms can often last from 5 to 10 years
These symptoms can negatively impact a woman’s ability to go about her daily routine. Which is why the practice of self-care is necessary, in particular, for women as they age.
Self-care is the practice of actions that preserve or improve one’s own health. This relates to our mental, emotional, and physical health. Women are often known to take care of others before themselves which is why when it arrives, women are unprepared to give themselves proper self-care. More severe symptoms like insomnia and depression require particular attention and cannot be ignored.
Differences Between One Woman To Another
Menopause symptoms are caused by a hormonal imbalance during the ages of 40 and 50. No two women are the same, and they will experience menopause symptoms during the stages of menopause at different times and with different intensity.
The menopause symptoms listed below are some of the more frequently occurring symptoms that a menopausal woman may feel at one point or another when they begin experiencing menopause. If you are beginning to experience any of the symptoms listed below, contact the Australian Menopause Centre for an Obligation-free Video or Phone Consultation with one of our doctors to discuss further your options.
Fluctuation In Hormone Levels
As you approach menopause, the production of oestrogen and progesterone lessens causing hormone levels to fluctuate causing changes to your menstrual cycle. These changes can result in;
- Cycles becoming longer, shorter or irregular
- Lighter bleeding
- Unpredictable and heavy bleeding
Your ovaries will eventually stop releasing eggs causing your menstruation cycle to stop. It is important to note that contraception to prevent pregnancy should still be maintained until a full year without a natural period when over 50, or for two years for those still under 50.
Long-Term Health Risks
The decrease in female hormones after menopause can often lead to the thinning of bones known as osteoporosis. This can mean an increased risk of fractures or breakage. There can also be an increase in the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure or stroke.
How We Help Relieve Menopause Symptoms
We have developed a five-step menopause treatment program that has treated many women. These steps include;
- Step 1: An obligation-free Telehealth consultation with one of our doctors to discuss your symptoms and to answer any questions that you may have
- Step 2: The creation of a treatment plan specifically designed to restore balance in your body
- Step 3: Sending all required treatments anywhere in Australia, providing convenience so you don’t have to travel and you can start immediately
- Step 4: A follow-up program to see how you are tracking with your new program
- Step 5: Further check-ups and making any adjustments as required
Managing Menopause Symptoms
The effects of menopause can be reduced by a healthy diet, regular exercise, good mental health, and reduced stress levels. It is essential that you get a good quality night’s sleep, and to quit smoking if you still are.
During menopause a wide variety of foods, including plenty of fresh vegetables, fruits, cereals, whole grains and an increase in fluids can help to keep your body feeling better. You should also steer clear of dairy and decrease your caffeine and alcohol intake.
Regular exercise of at least 30–45 minutes on most days of the week will help maintain your heart and general health while keeping your bones healthy. It can also contribute to relaxation and overall well being.
Talk With A Doctor
If menopause symptoms are beginning to affect your quality of life, contact our team at the Australian Menopause Centre, and they will take the time to discuss your symptoms and feelings, and help you with providing the best options for treatment.
Our team will review your medical history and if suitable one of the doctors will prescribe a treatment program to you. You do not have to suffer alone and arming yourself with the right information and treatments is the best way to find peace of mind.
Call today on 1300 883 405 and let one of our doctors assess your symptoms and suitability. We’ve supported many Australian women and we look forward to helping you too.