VAGINAL ATROPHY DEFINITION Vaginal atrophy is a medical term referring to the changes in your vagina during menopause. Your vagina and surrounding tissues are rich in microscopic oestrogen receptors. This means that the oestrogen in your body keeps your vagina healthy. At menopause, your oestrogen levels decrease dramatically. At this point, vaginal tissues begin to … Continued
Managing menopause symptoms can be very challenging. There are over 34 menopause symptoms and our library gives you an introduction to some of the most common.
Find out below everything you need to know about menopause and sweating, brain fog, panic attacks, aches and pains, anxiety, skin changes, headaches, sleep issues, hot flushes, heart palpitations, itchiness, urinary tract infections, prolapse, restless legs, weight gain, depression, fatigue, vaginal discomfort and urinary incontinence.
Read on to find out more about what each menopause symptom means, how likely it is during menopause, what the signs are, why it happens and how to manage it, plus the latest scientific research.
VAGINAL DISCHARGE DEFINITION It is normal to experience vaginal discharge throughout your life. This is a combination of mucus or fluid that helps to keep the vagina clean and healthy. HOW LIKELY IS INCREASED VAGINAL DISCHARGE DURING MENOPAUSE? Most women have daily vaginal discharge. However, over 50% are affected by menopausal changes to the vagina … Continued
ANGER AND RAGE DEFINITION Does menopause make you angry? Unfortunately, the answer is yes. If you are going through menopause, you may have noticed your temper is quicker. Perhaps you’ve noticed you’re more prone to angry outbursts or maybe you’re suddenly struggling with a simmering irritability? HOW LIKELY IS ANGER AND RAGE DURING MENOPAUSE? It can … Continued
BRITTLE NAILS DEFINITION While the term brittle nails is quite self-explanatory, nail changes in menopause can take many different forms. These can include nails which are prone to flaking, dryness, ridging or breaking among other issues. You may hear your doctor calling this Brittle Nail Syndrome (BNS). HOW LIKELY ARE BRITTLE NAILS DURING MENOPAUSE? Brittle … Continued
IRRITABILITY DEFINITION Irritability can show itself in several different ways. There is no strict medical definition but irritability generally means that you easily find yourself getting angry, annoyed or impatient. HOW LIKELY IS IRRITABILITY DURING MENOPAUSE? Very likely. Up to 70% report feeling annoyed and irritable during menopause. Read more about the stages of menopause … Continued
MOOD SWINGS DEFINITION Mood swings are sudden and noticeable changes in the way you feel. You may notice that you are increasingly irritable, frustrated, angry, tearful or sad, and that it can be difficult to predict when or why your mood will change. Get fast, safe access to the right combination of menopause treatments for … Continued
SORE BREASTS DEFINITION Sore breasts at menopause can feel achy, tender, painful or overly sensitive. The exact feeling can be very different for everyone. This can be constant or come and go and can affect one or both breasts. The medical term for breast pain is mastalgia. Breast pain can be cyclical (related to your … Continued
THINNING HAIR DEFINITION You may notice changes to your hair take several different forms during menopause. Hair may become generally thinner, or you may notice a number of other changes including a receding hairline, bald patches or changes to the quality of your hair. It may feel drier or more breakable. You may also hear this … Continued
DRY MOUTH DEFINITION Dry mouth, known as xerostomia, is thought to be triggered by the decrease in oestrogen levels that happens during menopause. It can feel like a constant sore and dry feeling in your mouth and throat. It’s also associated with a decrease in saliva production, and may be associated with burning mouth syndrome … Continued
DRY EYES DEFINITION It’s easy to guess what we mean by dry eyes. Normally the eye is kept moist and lubricated by your tears, but dryness can happen when your body either produces fewer tears, or when the composition of your tears changes. This can be associated with the hormonal changes during menopause and HRT … Continued
TEARFULNESS DEFINITION Tearfulness can present in many different ways during menopause. For some people, they can experience crying spells, where tears spring up in short and sudden bursts with no identifiable trigger. For others it can manifest as uncontrollable crying in short, intense bursts, where emotions bubble up out of nowhere and then pass. Some … Continued
INABILITY TO PERFORM TASKS DEFINITION It can appear as a lack of motivation, persistent fatigue, or mental fuzziness. You might also be struggling with a lack of sleep, low mood or even depression, all of which can make it more difficult to get through your to-do list. You may also find that you are physically … Continued