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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
HEADACHES DEFINITION Many different kinds of headaches affect women at the time of 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 … Continued
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
BRAIN FOG DEFINITION Brain fog is the popular name for many cognitive symptoms during menopause, including forgetfulness, difficulty concentrating, inability to think clearly or problem solve, and confusion. It’s sometimes also described as mental fatigue. It can interfere with work and your daily life depending on its severity. It can feel devastating but it’s not … Continued
DEFINITION OF ANXIETY Anxiety is a normal and often healthy emotion except when it impacts your day-to-day life, which can often happen with menopause and anxiety. Mild anxiety can feel vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety could seriously affect day-to-day living. It can alter how you process emotions and behaviour, while causing some more physical … Continued
INSOMNIA DEFINITION Insomnia is a sleep disorder where you have trouble sleeping at least three times a week for at least three months and you cannot function during the day. While you may not have clinically diagnosed insomnia, menopause sleep difficulties can severely affect your functioning during the day and at work. Difficulties getting to … Continued
ITCHINESS DEFINITION An annoying and irritating sensation that makes you want to scratch the affected area. Sometimes it is caused by heat extremes or dry, irritated or cracked skin. If you are spending your days frustrated by your menopause symptoms… download Stella. GENERAL ITCHING Menopause and itchy skin can affect many parts of the body, … Continued
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