Menopause Symptoms – From Peri to Post Menopause
If you read our post What is Menopause, Exactly, you’ll know that when we talk about menopause symptoms on our website, we are talking about the entire menopausal process that includes perimenopause, menopause, and post menopause.
Every Woman has a Unique Menopause
You can list all the symptoms and try to separate them into the different stages of menopause, but they all overlap and boil down to this fact:
You are dealing with unpredictable, fluctuating and dropping hormones which create menopausal symptoms. Each woman experiences a particular symptom in a different way and at a different time in the menopausal process depending on her own unique body and chemical make-up.
No two women have the same menopause experience. Every woman has to go through a personal process of discovery to find solutions that work best for her.
Like Mother, Like Daughter
Unless your Mother’s natural process was altered by surgery, medication, ill-health, HRT, or any other influencing factor, often, but not always, you can predict what symptoms you will experience based on how your mother experienced her menopause.
Common, Uncommon and Psychological Symptoms Of Menopause
Below are lists of lots of symptoms. The first list includes common menopause symptoms, those that everyone talks and knows about. Next are the more uncommon symptoms that we’re finding out about from readers, friends and research. The third, not often discussed, lists the psychological and emotional symptoms of menopause.
The Latest Information About Each Menopausal Symptom
Over time, we’ll write about each of these symptoms. We will find you all the latest research, information and resources and all the best remedies, solutions, and products we can to help relieve your menopause symptoms.
Common Menopause Symptoms
- Menstrual periods that occur unpredictably and eventually stop
- An Extremely heavy period, usually signaling the beginning of perimenopause
- Hot flashes, hot flushes
- Night sweats
- Skin flushing, skin rashes
- Need for daytime napping
- Sleep apnea and snoring
- Headaches, migraines
- Forgetfulness or brain fog
- Moodiness, depression and anxiety
- Numbness or tingling to the extremities
- Joint aches and pains
- Bone loss/osteoporosis
- Heart pounding or racing
- Low libido
- Dry vagina
- Painful sexual intercourse
- Vaginal infections
- Thinning of the vaginal wall and other mucous membranes
- Weight gain, especially in the stomach area or mid-section
- More difficult to lose weight
- Water Retention
- Body shape changes – the middle-aged spread spreads
- Loss of color in lips, nipples and skin
- Dry skin, wrinkles, loss of elasticity
- Brittle and chipping fingernails
- Ringing in the ears
- Gas, bloating and excessive flatulence
Less Common Menopause Symptoms
- Becoming allergic to things you were never allergic to before
- More sensitivity to chemicals and scents
- More frequent herpes outbreaks
- Shingles outbreaks (there is a vaccine against shingles)
- Highly sensitive skin
- Toes hurt when touching each other
- Blisters on the scalp after a hot flash
- Long hairs in strange places and ess hair in other places, balding
- Can’t sing like you used to
A List of Psychological and Emotional Menopause Symptoms
- Volatile, unusually emotional
- Panic and anxiety attacks
- Impulsive actions
- One’s life feels out of control
- No longer able to compromise
- A sudden intolerance to stupidity
- Inability to say yes when you really mean no.
- Self-satisfaction and self-acceptance, finally
- No longer afraid to be your true self
- Consider yourself first, once in a while, rather than always last
- You take the big piece and give the smaller one to your husband
We’ll Continue To Add To The List
When we hear of a new symptom, we’ll add it to this list. And here is a fun article called ‘Menopause Symptoms: Women Report Strange Sensations Beyond The Common Signs’ from the Huffington Post.
Menopause Symptom We Missed? Please Let us Know
If you have any other weird symptoms or notice a symptom we may have forgotten, either physical or emotional, please tell us about them below so we can add them onto our list. I’m sure I’m not the only one with sensitive toes. What is your weirdest menopause symptom?