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What Are The Usual Symptoms of Perimenopause & Menopause?

The most common perimenopausal and menopausal symptoms are:

  • Irregular periods

  • Vaginal dryness

  • Hot flushes

  • Chills

  • Night sweats

  • Sleep problems and insomnia

  • Mood changes and mood swings

  • Weight gain and slowed metabolism

  • Thinning hair and dry skin

  • Loss of breast fullness

  • Brain fog

 

All of these symptoms can be attributed to a drop in oestrogen, which contributes to a reduced production of collagen.  I say 'can', because for a lot of the symptoms, it has not yet been conclusively proven that oestrogen is directly at fault.  But it is a natural assumption.

 

The lack of oestrogen has an affect on the amount of collagen produced, which has a direct affect on the skin, hair and tissues.

 

Lower oestrogen has also been shown to correlate to a higher level of cortisol, which in turn is responsible for the inability to lose weight, especially around the middle.

What Are The UNUSUAL Symptoms of Perimenopause & Menopause?

There are a myriad of symptoms that can occur, which some might not be aware are part of perimenopause or menopause.

 

These are:

1 . Burning tongue

Having a burning sensation in your mouth or on your tongue isn’t uncommon. This a very under-researched condition which is medically known as Burning Mouth Syndrome.  It can cause pain, altered taste and a drop in saliva production.

 

2. Incontinence

Especially in ladies who have had children, menopause can cause your pelvic floor muscles to weaken, meaning there is less support for your pelvic organs like your bladder.   This can leave you with frequent, sudden urges to urinate, which is often followed by involuntary leakage of urine. This can often be exacerbated by exercise, the very thing you need to be doing to keep those muscles and bones strong.

 

3. Heart flutters or palpitations

Because during the menopause your hormones are very unstable, this can cause heart palpitations while your body re-balances. Symptoms include short episodes of heart racing, pounding, fluttering or beating irregularly.

4. Toothache or dry mouth

Alongside vaginal dryness and parched skin, your mouth can also become drier during the menopause, which can subsequently lead to tooth issues. Saliva is a really important component in controlling the bacteria in your mouth.  When there is a lack of it, it can mean that teeth decay much faster.

 

5. Electric shock sensation

Some women have reported that they feel like they are getting little electric shocks on their skin. It’s thought that the hormone disruption causes the nervous system to send messages to the brain about sensation.  But it’s not yet fully understood why it happens.

 

6. Allergies

Even if you haven’t experienced allergies in the past, hormonal imbalances during the menopause may be the cause of a sudden sensitivity. It’s also common that as we age our digestive systems don’t function as well as they once did.  This can also cause allergies to suddenly appear. Allergic reactions are a result of the body overreacting to a substance we either ingest, breath in or come in contact with, and our bodies produce histamine to counter what they think is an attack on the immune system.  Histamine is produced in a few areas of the body but an important site of production is in special cells in the stomach. If your digestive system is not up to par, this can also be a catalyst in triggering allergies.

 

7. Joint aches and pain

Oestrogen plays a role in managing inflammation levels throughout the body. Therefore when levels are low or fluctuating, women are more at risk of developing joint pain which, in some cases, can lead to acute arthritis.

 

8. Feeling isolated

The mix of symptoms, feeling like you’re going a little crazy, the extreme nature of your symptoms and the anxiety that often accompanies this time of life, can really knock your confidence and leave you feeling isolated and alone.  If the woman has had children, this is often the time that they have flown the nest and there is often still a gap between what is happening and a husband or partner’s understanding of what is going on. Remember though, that you do not have to suffer alone.  There are many online groups, which offer support and many many other women are suffering too. Reach out.


9. Unpleasant body odour

To accompany the hot flushes and night sweats, it often happens that the smell of that sweat can also change.  Having BO where it wasn’t previously a problem, can be one of the symptoms some women experience.

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