April 5, 2013

Menopausal Symptoms

Menopause is the end of a woman’s menstrual cycles. The term can describe any of the changes you go through just before or after you […]

Menopause is the end of a woman’s menstrual cycles. The term can describe any of the changes you go through just before or after you stop having your period, marking the end of your reproductive years.

You may notice:

  • Hot flashes, flushes, night sweats and/or cold flashes, clammy feeling
  • Irregular heart beat –heart palpitations
  • Irritability
  • Mood swings, sudden tears
  • Broken sleep (with or without night sweats)
  • Irregular periods; shorter, lighter periods; heavier periods, phantom periods, shorter cycles, longer cycles
  • Loss of libido
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Crashing fatigue
  • Anxiety, feeling ill at ease
  • Feelings of dread, apprehension, doom
  • Difficulty concentrating, disorientation, mental confusion
  • Disturbing memory lapses
  • Incontinence, especially upon sneezing, laughing; urge incontinence
  • Itchy, crawly skin
  • Aching, sore joints, muscles and tendons
  • Increased tension in muscles
  • Breast tenderness or Fibrocystic breasts
  • Headache change: increase or decrease
  • Gastrointestinal distress, indigestion, flatulence, gas pain, nausea
  • Sudden bouts of bloating
  • Depression/Anxiety
  • Exacerbation of existing conditions
  • Increase in allergies
  • Weight gain especially mid abdominal
  • Hair loss or thinning, head, pubic, or whole body; increase in facial hair
  • Dizziness, light-headedness, episodes of loss of balance
  • Changes in body odor
  • Electric shock sensation under the skin and in the head
  • Tingling in the extremities
  • Gum problems, increased bleeding
  • Burning tongue, burning roof of mouth, bad taste in mouth, change in breath odor
  • Changes in fingernails: softer, crack or break easier
  • Tinnitus: ringing in ears, bells, 'whooshing,' buzzing etc.
Article written by Dr. Debra Muth

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