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Menopause symptoms

 

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.

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

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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

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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

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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

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LOW CONFIDENCE DEFINITION Low self-esteem or low confidence is when you lack confidence in yourself – who you are and what you can do. You often have a negative perception of your self-worth and perceived value. It can affect your mood, relationships, home life and work. If you are spending your days frustrated at your … Continued

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BLOATING DEFINITION Bloating differs from person to person and is an uncomfortable sensation of tightness or heavy pressure usually felt around your abdomen. It affects people differently and severity can vary. For some people, there’s no pain and it’s simply uncomfortable and sometimes embarrassing. For others, the pain can range from mild to an intense, … Continued

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LOW LIBIDO DEFINITION When we discuss sexual desire or libido, we are talking about your interest or motivation to seek out and engage in sexual activities. Everyone’s levels of desire are different – some might be satisfied having sex once every few months or years and for others it might be once every few weeks … Continued

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PAINFUL SEX DEFINITION In medical terms, recurrent, or persistent genital pain that occurs before, during or after sex is referred to as dyspareunia. This pain widely varies and can be:  Felt on entry or deep penetration  Vary in intensity from mild to excruciating Occur occasionally or every time  Sexual pain that is associated with menopause … Continued

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SWEATING A small part of your brain called the hypothalamus regulates your body temperature and your thermoneutral zone is a set temperature range. Hormonal changes can narrow your thermoneutral zone, making you more sensitive to temperature changes. Your body cools itself by sweating and opening up blood vessels to release heat.  Sweating may be accompanied … Continued

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ACHES AND PAIN DEFINITION This group of symptoms is very broad, and can include pain, discomfort and stiffness in the joints or muscles of almost any part of the body. Other types of pain can also be more common around the time of menopause. You can find more information in our articles on Headaches if … Continued

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HEADACHES DEFINITION Many different kinds of headaches can affect affect you during menopause. The two most common are: 1. Migraines: These can be severe, usually one-sided headaches that may be associated with nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light and noise. Migraines can be preceded with sensory changes known as aura. These often cause changes to … Continued

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PALPITATIONS DEFINITION We are not usually aware of our heart beating. However, in certain circumstances, we may begin to feel it. Menopause heart palpitations can feel like your is heart pounding or beating faster than usual. Palpitations can happen for a range of reasons and are often harmless. However, you may need to see your … Continued

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