34 Menopause Symptoms

Many women experience some physical and emotional symptoms during menopause, caused by hormonal imbalance. Typically, a woman will begin to experience menopause symptoms around her mid-40's as her body's reproductive capability comes to the end.

The Most Common Menopause SymptomsThis prolonged stage of gradually falling and fluctuating hormone levels is called perimenopause, which can last upwards of two years before a woman's final period. For most women, symptoms end at menopause; however, some women will experience symptoms into postmenopausal life.

www.34-menopause-symptoms.com was designed to guide women through the menopausal transition with knowledge, ease, and peace of mind. It contains helpful information about menopause treatments and practical suggestions for relieving menopause symptoms.

Women can look here for expert advice on any of the 34 menopause symptoms, whether it be hot flashes, night sweats, irregular periods, loss of libido, and vaginal dryness, or any other.

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Hot Flashes

Hot flashes: a sudden feeling of warmth spreading all over the face and upper bodyHot flashes, also known as hot flushes, are a sudden, transient sensation of warmth or heat that spreads over the body, creating a flushing, or redness, that is particularly noticeable on the face and upper body. The experience of hot flashes can range between delicate flushes and a sensation of engulfing flames.

Hot flashes result from the body's reaction to a decreased supply of the hormone estrogen, which occurs naturally as women approach menopause. Not all women experience hot flashes, but more than half do. For some women, estrogen production decreases gradually, producing fewer hot flashes. But for others, the ovaries stop estrogen production more abruptly; for these women, hot flashes can be a rollercoaster ride. About 75 to 85% of American women are estimated to experience hot flashes during menopause.

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Should I Treat Hot Flashes with Medications?

Hot flashes are one of the most common symptoms of menopause, and may make you desperate for a quick solution. Before you opt for medications, do your homework and learn the pros and cons of this route of healing. This article will inform you while providing alternative options so you can make an educated decision.

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Night Sweats

Night sweats are a common symptom of menopause that occurs during sleepNight sweats are classified as severe hot flashes that occur during sleep accompanied by intense bouts of sweating. Also known as “sleep hyperhidrosis”, night sweats aren't actually a sleep disorder, but a common perspiration disorder that occurs during sleep in menopausal women. These episodes of nighttime sweating can range in severity from mild to intense, and can be caused by hormonal imbalance combined with environmental factors, such as an excessively warm sleeping environment.

For many women, the experience of night sweats is so severe that it disrupts sleep, and it may increase irritability and stress in a woman's waking life. Night sweats can also be caused by underlying medical conditions, so it is important to get to the root of the issue before seeking treatment options.

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5 Habits That Keep Night Sweat Symptoms Away

Night sweating episodes are a common occurrence in menopausal women, and they can result in a number of unwelcome effects on the body, including fatigue, irritability, and personal hygiene issues. Luckily, an adjustment to your habits can help you keep these night sweat symptoms away.

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Irregular Periods

Irregular periods are most common in the mid 40s, as menopause approachesMost women will experience absent, short, or irregular periods at some point in their lives. A wide range of conditions can cause irregular periods, though during perimenopause the most common cause is hormonal imbalance. Periods may come earlier or later than before; bleeding may be lighter or heavier than usual; and periods may be brief or go on for what feels like an eternity. Skipping periods and “spotting” – bleeding between periods – are also common symptoms of hormonal imbalance.

Menstrual irregularity is most common in a woman in her mid-40's as she approaches menopause; the most likely cause of this is hormonal imbalance caused by decreasing levels of estrogen and progesterone. Irregular periods could also be caused by other medical conditions or even pregnancy.

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How to Treat Irregular Periods

Heavy, irregular periods are common in women in their forties approaching menopause. It can be difficult to know how to treat irregular periods if you've been used to having a regular cycle prior to perimenopause, but the symptom can last for up to ten years, so it's worth learning ways to control it.

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Loss of Libido

A hormonal imbalance or prescription drug can lower sex driveEveryone experiences peaks and valleys in sexual desire, an ebb and flow in libido that could be caused by any of a variety of factors. However, for women going through menopause, this sudden drop in desire for sexual activity or intimacy can be troubling. In menopausal women, the main cause of low sex drive is hormonal imbalance, predominantly androgen deficiency. Loss of libido can also be caused by other menopause symptoms themselves, such as vaginal dryness or depression, or by prescription drugs, including medication prescribed to treat menopause symptoms.

It is important not to confuse sexual desire with sexual function. This article will deal with the loss of libido, or the hormonal and emotional reasons behind low sex drive in menopausal women.

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Keeping Your Relationship Alive After You've Lost Your Libido

Many menopausal women seek answers when they experience low libido. A loss in sex drive is often due to hormonal changes during menopause. Communicating with your partner, de-stressing with yoga, or planning some special alone time can all give a spark to the relationship. Many women also look to herbal supplements for correcting hormonal imbalances.

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Vaginal Dryness

Vaginal dryness is the lost of moisture inside the vagina Vaginal dryness occurs when the usually moist and soft feeling of the lining of the vagina disappears, bringing about symptoms such as itchiness and irritation. When estrogen levels drop during perimenopause, the vaginal tissue becomes drier, thinner, and less elastic. Lack of lubrication leads to sex becoming uncomfortable, and the vagina is frequently itchy, easily irritated, and more prone to infections.

An extreme version of vaginal dryness is atrophy of the vagina, where it becomes smaller in width and length. This symptom may appear due to a sudden drop in estrogen during menopause, be it natural, premature, or surgical. Vaginal dryness can be one of the most emotionally distressing menopause symptoms, and it is important to seek treatment for this condition if it begins to affect quality of life.

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How to Deal with Vaginal Dryness and Painful Intercourse

Sex is an expression of love, lust, and femininity, as important for your physical stimulation as it is for your emotional well-being. During perimenopause, vaginal dryness can make intercourse painful, which is likely to affect libido. But vaginal dryness doesn't have to hinder intercourse; there are ways to make it less painful.

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Mood Swings

Chronic, intense mood swings may be a psychological disorderMenopausal mood swings are surprisingly common, but can be hard to cope with. A woman experiencing mood swings may feel like she is on a rollercoaster of emotions: one minute she's up, the next minute she's down. Mood swings can be sudden and intense, although the experience of them may differ from woman to woman.

Chronic and severe mood swings are a psychological disorder, a health problem every bit as real as a physical ailment. They are caused primarily by hormonal imbalances; when production of the hormone estrogen drops, so too does the production of mood-regulating neurotransmitters, resulting in mood swings. Other menopause symptoms can also have a negative influence on mood, such as fatigue. Therefore, targeting the underlying hormonal imbalance is one of the most effective ways of reducing menopausal mood swings.

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6 Sports That Keep Mood Swings Away during Perimenopause

This common symptom of menopause can really be hard to pull yourself out of emotionally. That is why is important to let physical activity assist in the task of rising above negative feelings; and these sports are a fun and uplifting way to do so.

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Fatigue

Fatigue is a persistent feeling of weakness, tiredness, and lowered energy level Fatigue, one of the most common menopause symptoms, is defined as an ongoing and persistent feeling of weakness, tiredness, and lowered energy levels, rather than just sleepiness or drowsiness. Other characteristics of fatigue may include apathy, irritability, and decreased attention span. Crashing fatigue is a phenomenon which comes on suddenly, leaving a woman devoid of energy and unable to continue her activity.

Fatigue in menopause is caused by hormonal changes; hormones such as estrogen regulate energy use at a cellular level, so when hormone levels drops during menopause, so too do energy levels. Chronic fatigue in menopause can have a drastic impact on daily life, putting a strain on relationships, work productivity, and quality of life, so treating the underlying hormonal imbalance is essential to restore energy levels.

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Treatments

Characterized by physically painful and extreme tiredness, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a lifelong condition affecting more women than men that may be influenced by hormone levels. Little is understood about what causes CFS, and treatment methods are aimed at managing the symptoms of the disorder.

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Hair Loss or Thinning

Hair loss can be sudden or gradual shedding or thinning of hair on your headHair loss, one of the most physically noticeable menopause symptoms, is caused by estrogen deficiency, because hair follicles need estrogen to sustain hair growth. Hair loss may be sudden or gradual, or manifest as thinning hair on the head or other parts of the body, including the pubic area. Hair may also become drier and more brittle, and may fall out more while brushing or in the shower.

Gradual hair loss or thinning of hair without any accompanying symptoms is common; however, for many women this symptom is upsetting, as it is a visible sign of aging. There are ways to treat the underlying hormonal imbalance in order to halt hair loss during menopause. However, hair loss that is accompanied by general poor health requires the attention of a doctor.

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Do High Testosterone Levels Cause Hair Loss?

Testosterone is a hormone that tends to be associated with men, but females produce this hormone, too. Testosterone plays a part in the growth of healthy hair, and when menopausal hormonal changes take place, high testosterone levels may result in female pattern hair loss (FPHL).

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Sleep Disorders

During menopause, you may have problems with insomniaWaking many times during the night, tossing and turning, and insomnia, are all sleep disorders connected with menopause. Women going through menopause may find that their sleep is less restful and that getting to sleep becomes increasingly difficult. Research indicates that women begin to experience restless sleep as many as five to seven years before entering menopause.

In the past, doctors believed that interrupted sleep was a consequence of night sweats, but recent studies indicate that problems with sleep are not always necessarily connected to other menopause symptoms. Sleep disorders are a symptom of menopause in their own right, but it is important for a woman to distinguish if her unique sleep disorder is actually caused by hormonal imbalance, or if there is another factor behind it.

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What Causes Sleep Disorders during Menopause?

If you have been unable to get a good night sleep in a long time, then you may have a sleeping disorder. Many women develop one during menopause for a variety of reasons that are explored in this article. Learn more about this symptom as well as ways to respond effectively.

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Difficulty Concentrating

Not getting enough sleep or having sleep disruptions can contribute to concentration problemsIn the lead-up to menopause, many women are concerned to find they have trouble remembering things, experience mental blocks, or have difficulty concentrating. This can be confusing or worrying for women, and can have a big impact on all aspects of daily life. The main reason why these symptoms occur during menopause is hormonal imbalance, specifically estrogen deficiency. However, not getting enough sleep or sleep disruptions can also contribute to memory problems and cause difficulty concentrating, as well as the nagging pain of other physiological menopause symptoms.

After underlying medical conditions have been ruled out as a cause of disorientation, confusion, or lack of concentration, then it is important to check hormone levels. Targeting and treating the underlying hormonal imbalance will help a woman overcome difficulty concentrating.

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Underlying Causes of Difficulty Concentrating

Difficulty concentrating can be frustrating and even scary to deal with. It can go from being mild to seriously impacting your ability to complete even the most minor task. Find out what may be factoring in to this common symptom during your challenging menopausal transition.

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Memory Lapses

Memory lapses are a normal symptom of menopause Women approaching menopause often complain of memory loss, memory lapses, and an inability to concentrate. Misplaced car keys, skipped appointments, forgotten birthdays, and missed trains of thought might seem like trivial occurrences, but these can be extremely distressing for women who have never missed a beat before. However, these memory lapses are a normal symptom of menopause, associated with low levels of estrogen and with high stress levels.

Memory loss affects most people in one way or another, and more often than not, it is only a momentary memory lapse; however, when memory lapses begin to become a regular occurrence, it is wise to seek medical advice to treat the causes, like hormonal imbalance, stress, or other more serious conditions.

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Sudden Memory Loss Episodes during Menopause

When a woman is in her forties and early fifties, sudden memory loss is most likely symptomatic of menopausal brain fogs. During perimenopause, hormonal imbalances can affect the brain's ability to process, store, and wilfully retrieve information. This can cause a host of other issues, but luckily, there are ways to manage them.

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Dizziness

Dizziness is a temporary feeling of spinning and/or unsteadiness Dizziness is a transient spinning sensation, which may be accompanied by a feeling of lightheadedness or unsteadiness, as well as the inability to maintain balance upon standing or while walking. Episodes can last for as little as a few seconds, but can leave a woman feeling out of sorts for an extended period of time, or may even lead to falls, which can impact her daily home and work life.

Dizziness is a symptom of many medical conditions; however, it is also a possible symptom of menopause, caused by fluctuations in hormonal levels such as estrogen. Women who experience unexplained dizzy spells should consult their doctor to distinguish between trivial problems, serious illnesses, and dizziness caused by hormonal imbalance.

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5 Tips to Prevent Dizziness and Nausea on the Go

Chronic episodes of dizziness and nausea can seem even more frequent and severe for those constantly on the go, but this doesn't have to be the case. Read on for five tips on how you can stave off recurrences of the condition no matter where you are.

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Weight Gain

Weight gain is another sign of changing hormones Weight gain, specifically a thickening around the waist, is another sign of changing hormones levels during menopause. While some sources claim that menopause has nothing to do with weight gain, hormonal changes during menopause actually influence weight gain and redistribution of fat. For example, fewer circulating estrogen hormones lead the body to retain more fat cells as an alternative source of components of estrogen.

Also, low testosterone levels lead to a decreased metabolic rate, meaning that from menopause onwards women need fewer calories daily; therefore, women who continue to eat as before will gain weight by default. In this way, changes in diet and exercise are necessary to revitalize the body's metabolic rate and prevent weight gain during menopause, as well as treatments to target the underlying hormonal imbalance.

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4 Low Impact Exercises to Lose Weight

If you notice you are gaining weight during menopause, do not worry; this is common and can be effectively addressed. You simply need more physical activity than you used to get, which is great for the overall well-being of both your body and mind. You will come to love the benefits of these low-impact activities.

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Incontinence

Incontinence is the involuntary excretion of urine Incontinence in menopausal women can be divided into three types. Stress incontinence is the accidental release of urine while laughing, coughing, sneezing, or due to over-exertion. This usually happens when the internal muscles fail to work effectively, because of age, surgery, or childbirth. With urge incontinence, the bladder develops a “mind of its own,” contracting and emptying whenever full despite an individual's conscious efforts to resist. Overflow incontinence is the absence of the sensation of a full bladder, whereby accidental urination occurs because the individual doesn't realize the bladder is full.

A woman's personal experience of incontinence could include any combination of these. All of these types of incontinence can be worrying and embarrassing for menopausal women, but practical treatments are available for this common condition.

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5 Musts for Treating Stress Incontinence

Between the embarrassment that can accompany the disorder and an overabundance of advice, stress incontinence management can sometimes be overwhelming. Read on to learn to cut through all the extra info and discover five essential things that everyone can do to fight back against symptoms every day.

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Bloating

Lactose intolerance causes gassiness, bloating, and discomfort after eating dairy foods Bloating occurs in most women throughout their lives, due to digestive issues or as a part of PMS. This symptom is characterized by a swollen belly, a feeling of tightness, and discomfort or pain in the stomach area. Typically, this arises from intestinal gas caused by poor food transit; this is due to low levels of bile, which is caused by estrogen deficiency. One other cause of bloating could be lactose intolerance, or the body's rejection of dairy foods. As people age, they produce less lactase – the enzyme needed to digest lactose.

Each woman's experience of bloating is unique; however, bloating can be periodic, lasting for a few days at a time then subsiding, appearing after eating, or it can get progressively worse over the course of a day. Persistent, unexplained bloating or stomach pain for more than three days should be checked by a doctor.

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5 Habits to Quit to Relieve Bloating and Constipation

Bloating and constipation can be distracting and highly uncomfortable, but there are many ways to treat the problem that require not the addition of habits, but their elimination. Read on to discover five bad habits you should quit today to find internal relief for years to come.

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Allergies

Allergic reactions due to hormone imbalance are experienced by womenHormones and the immune system are inextricably linked, so hormonal changes during menopause can lead to an increase in allergies among menopausal women. Many women experience increased sensitivity to allergies, while others may suddenly become allergic to something that never bothered them before. This is particularly the case with hay fever, asthma, and dermatitis.

Allergies can be a frustrating menopause symptom, as they can impair daily life. Most women only experience “mild” symptoms such as rashes, sneezing, and itchy eyes, but in the case of extreme allergy symptoms such as swelling, dizziness, and cramping, it is important to seek urgent medical treatment. Mild symptoms could be avoided by making simple lifestyle changes, as well as by treating the underlying hormonal imbalance.

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3 Hidden Triggers of Food Allergy in Menopausal Women

Many women find themselves suffering from new food allergies during menopause without realizing that the two are related. Unbalanced hormones can have an unsettling affect upon the immune system, making your body more susceptible to new allergies. This article describes the top three hidden triggers of food allergies in menopausal women.

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Brittle Nails

Brittle nails may be caused by different underlying conditions Nail appearance can tell a lot about a person's general health and habits. There are a variety of nail changes that occur during menopause that could indicate an underlying problem, but the most common is brittle nails, or nails that are softer, or that crack, split, or break horizontally across the top of the nail. This can indicate a nutritional deficiency; however, in menopausal women brittle nails are usually due to hormonal imbalance. Low estrogen levels cause dehydration in the body, leading to dryness of the skin, hair, and nails.

Apart from brittle nails, other nail disorders common in menopause include convex or spoon-like nails, ridges in the nail plate, and infection of the nail bed and cuticle. Persistently painful or inflamed fingernails or toenails require the attention of a doctor.

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How to Fix Weak, Brittle Nails

Many women begin to notice the health of their nails changing as they go through menopause. Fortunately, there are things that you can do to improve the health of weak and brittle nails. This article describes five of the best ways to do this, including getting into good day-to-day habits and staying hydrated.

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Changes in Body Odor

Odor is produced by bacteria that grow on the skinChanges in body odor can make the menopausal women experiencing them very self-conscious. Menopausal hormonal changes cause an increase in sweat production, in response to physical menopause symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats, or psychological symptoms such as anxiety and panic disorder. This increase in sweat production can lead to increased body odor, even while maintaining a good personal hygiene regimen.

As well as the quantity of sweat produced, changes in body odor may also be due to genetic predisposition. Although changes in body odor are normal in menopausal women, they can still be bothersome. Treatments are available to tackle the root of the hormonal imbalance, while simple changes to lifestyle, such as choosing clothes with natural, breathable fabrics, may help reduce body odor.

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5 Diet Changes to Get Rid of Sour Body Odor

Eliminating sour body odor can be, for many, as fast and effortless as choosing something healthier to eat. Read on to discover five dietary substitutions that can help to put the problem in the past in no time flat, from drinking cleaner to switching seasonings and more.

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Irregular Heartbeat

A pounding heart is a common complaint associated with perimenopause Irregular heartbeat is one of the more concerning menopause symptoms. Bouts of pounding, rapid heartbeat scare many women because of their sudden onset and the difficulty in calming them. One of the causes of these symptoms during menopause is hormonal imbalance. Estrogen deficiency can over-stimulate the nervous and circulatory systems, causing irregular heartbeat and palpitations, as well as certain arrhythmias.

As with any heart condition, this symptom could signify something more serious, so it's important for women experiencing it to report it to a doctor. Stress, anxiety, and panic disorder are all other causes of this symptom which should be explored before considering a treatment option. Other triggers of irregular heartbeat to be avoided include caffeine and nicotine.

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Occasional Irregular Heartbeat during Menopause

Suffering an occasional irregular heartbeat is one of the lesser known symptoms of menopause. However, many women know very little about this. This article describes what irregular heartbeats are, what causes then, what they feel like, and what women suffering from them can do about it.

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Depression

Severity and duration are factors in distinguishing ordinary sadness from a depressive disorderFeelings of sadness can be normal, appropriate, and even necessary during life's setbacks or losses. Feeling blue or unhappy for short periods of time without reason or warning is also normal and ordinary. But if such feelings persist or impair daily life, it could signal a depressive disorder. The severity and duration of the sad feelings, as well as the presence of other symptoms, are factors that distinguish ordinary sadness from a depressive disorder. Other symptoms of depression include loss of interest in usual activities, sleep and eating disorders, and withdrawal from family and friends.

Depression can happen to anyone at any age. It afflicts almost 19 million Americans each year, and up to one in five American women will suffer from clinical depression at some point in her life. Many women first experience symptoms of depression during their 20's and 30's.

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3 Home Cures for Menopausal Depression

When it comes to menopausal depression, there are home cures that can help you find mental stability. They can help you until you are able to see a medical professional and development a treatment strategy. It may not seem like it, but there is help available.

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Anxiety

Panic attacks include agitation, palpitations and shortness of breath Anxiety is a vague or intense feeling caused by physical or psychological conditions, typified by feelings of agitation and loss of emotional control. Anxiety or feelings of anxiousness are also associated with panic attacks, and can manifest as physical symptoms such as rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath, and palpitations. Anxiety during menopause is caused by the sudden drop in estrogen levels circulating in the body, which reduce the production of neurotransmitters responsible for mood regulation, such as serotonin and dopamine.

The frequency of anxiety can range from a one-time event to recurrent episodes. Early diagnosis may aid a quick recovery, prevent the disorder from becoming worse, and possibly prevent the disorder from developing into depression, so it is important to seek medical treatment for anxiety symptoms.

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Anxiety and Depression during Postmenopause

It can be hard to maintain an uplifted mood during menopause. With all the changes taking place in the body and responsibilities to take care of, it can be overwhelming and leave you with feelings of emptiness. Understand why this is going on, as well as ways to reclaim and balanced and positive perspective.

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Irritability

Irritability involves mood swings and loss of interest in usual activitiesIrritability is a pervading “bad mood” characterized by feelings of stress, reduced patience and tolerance, and lashing out in anger or frustration over matters that may seem trivial to others. Irritability during menopause is most often caused by hormonal changes, whereby low levels of circulating estrogen have an adverse effect on the neurotransmitters in the brain that are responsible for regulating mood.

Many menopausal women also feel irritable or “on edge” a lot of the time due to the added stresses of other symptoms of menopause, such as hot flashes and sleep disorders. If irritability persists for more than a week and is adversely affecting job performance and relationships with family, friends, and co-workers, seeking the advice of a medical practitioner is recommended.

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Little-Known Irritability Symptoms during Menopause

Understanding all the symptoms behind menopausal side effects like chronic irritability can offer peace of mind as well as point sufferers in the right direction toward effective treatment methods. Read on to learn more about the symptoms of menopausal irritability so that you can take action today.

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Panic Disorder

Panic attacks usually strike suddenly. Panic disorder consists of significant and debilitating emotional episodes characterized by sudden and overwhelming fear and anxiety. These feelings can be intense, and caused by physical or psychological conditions. An episode of panic disorder may entail rapid heartbeat, feeling of dread, shallow breathing, nervousness, and feelings of extreme terror. These panic “attacks” can range in frequency from a single episode to regular occurrences.

Panic disorder can be extremely scary for women who experience it, but it is possible to overcome it by treating the root of the cause – hormonal imbalance – through making simple lifestyle changes complemented by alternative medicines. If a woman's quality of life is disrupted by this symptom, it is important to seek the advice of a doctor.

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Little-Known Facts about Panic Disorder and Menopause

The best way to demystify a frightening condition such as panic disorder is to learn as much as possible about how it works, as well as how it doesn’t. Read on to discover five little-known facts about panic disorder during menopause, so that you are prepared to handle whatever comes your way.

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Breast Pain

Breast tenderness or pain is often associated with the menstrual cycle, pregnancy, and menopause. Typically, breast pain is characterized as a generalized discomfort or pain associated with touching or applying pressure to the breasts. Breast pain, soreness, or breast tenderness in one or both breasts is symptomatic of hormonal changes, and as such often precedes or accompanies menstrual periods, and can also occur during pregnancy, post-partum, and menopause. The specific imbalance of hormones that causes breast pain is unique to each individual woman, so breast pain might occur at different times or at different intensities in individual women.

A woman should consult her doctor if the pain is severe or persists for two months or more, as well as if the breast pain is accompanied by a breast lump, nipple discharge, or any other unusual symptoms.

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How to Handle Severe Breast Pain

Severe breast pain can be extremely frustrating to deal with. Sometimes, the pain can be so intense that the slightest contact or movement can cause pain. These solutions have been found to address even the worst breast aches, so try one or more for lasting relief.

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Headaches

Dropping estrogen levels may cause more frequent and intense headachesHeadaches can be caused by a variety of factors such as muscle tension, drinking too much alcohol, or as a side effect of common illnesses such as the flu. However, headaches are also linked with the effects of hormonal imbalance, and therefore with the various stages of reproductive life.

Many women with regular menstrual cycles get headaches or migraines just before their periods or at ovulation. These headaches, sometimes called “menstrual migraines”, occur when estrogen levels plunge during the menstrual cycle. So, when the body begins slowing down its production of estrogen due to menopause, a woman may experience more and worse headaches. Severe headaches that are accompanied by confusion or high fever can indicate a serious health condition and require the immediate attention of a doctor.

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What Causes Severe Headaches?

Tension headaches, sinus headaches, and migraines are all types of potentially severe headaches that affect almost half of the American population. The dull, throbbing pain of a headache may derive from a number of causes that range from hormonal and medical to dietary and environmental.

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Joint Pain

Joint pain can be caused by hormonal fluctuations instead of traumaJoint pain is one of the most common symptoms of menopause. It is thought that more than half of all postmenopausal women experience varying degrees of joint pain. Joint pain is an unexplained soreness in muscles and joints, which is unrelated to trauma or exercise, but may be related to the effects of fluctuating hormone levels on the immune system. Estrogen helps prevent inflammation in the joints, so low levels of estrogen during menopause can lead to increased instances of inflammation, and therefore increased joint pain.

It is not wise to ignore these aches and pains. Early treatment can often bring about a cure and prevent the development of arthritis. Read this article to learn about healthy strategies for fighting joint pain.

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5 Steps to Get Rid of Menopausal Joint Pain and Fatigue

Joint pain and fatigue are just two of the symptoms women can suffer from as a result of menopause. Fortunately, there are things you can do to banish these conditions. This article describes five steps that women can take to get rid of menopausal joint pain and fatigue, including taking supplements and staying hydrated.

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Burning Tongue

Burning mouth syndrome involves a burning pain without signs of irritation Burning mouth syndrome is a complex, vexing condition in which a burning pain occurs on the tongue or lips, or throughout the whole mouth, without visible signs of irritation, but accompanied with other symptoms such as bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth. Burning tongue affects up to 5% of U.S. adults, women seven times more than men. It generally occurs after age 60, but it may occur in younger people as well.

The disorder has long been associated with a variety of conditions, including menopause. In menopause, low estrogen levels are thought to damage bitter taste buds in the mouth, setting off the surrounding pain neurons. Women who have persistent pain or soreness in their tongue, lips, gums, or other areas of their mouth should seek the advice of their doctor.

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Why Is My Tongue Burning during Menopause?

Burning tongue sensation, a rarer yet still prevalent menopausal symptom, is sometimes difficult to understand when it first occurs. There are, however, several reasons that lay behind its appearance, and learning what they are can help to find the right solutions. Read on to discover five potential “why's” that may apply to you.

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Electric Shock Sensation

Electric shocks involve a tingle between skin and muscle This symptom presents a peculiar “electric” sensation, like the feeling of a rubber band snapping in the layer of tissue between skin and muscle, or, when it appears as a precursor to a hot flash, it is often felt across the head. Electric shocks usually only occur for a brief moment, but it can still be quite an unpleasant sensation. The cause of electric shock sensation in menopause is thought to be related to the effect of fluctuating estrogen levels on the cardiovascular and nervous systems.

Although this symptom is relatively harmless, it can be uncomfortable, and it can be easily resolved by treating the underlying cause – hormonal imbalance. If the symptom becomes intense, it may be a good idea to contact a doctor for further assistance.

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4 Types of Stretching to Protect Legs from Electric Shocks

Electric shock sensation is highly uncomfortable, even more so because of the unpredictability of its episodes. Luckily, there are things sufferers can do every day to protect against recurrence. Read on to learn about four stretches that help prevent electric shocks on the legs, and why they might be helpful to you.

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Digestive Problems

Digestive problems involve many changes in gastrointestinal function Digestive problems are defined as changes in gastrointestinal function, with symptoms such as excessive gas production, gastrointestinal cramping, and nausea. There are a couple of reasons why menopausal women might be experiencing more digestive problems than previously: hormonal imbalance disrupts the natural transit of food in the gut, and stress has an adverse effect on the normal functioning of hormones.

Digestive problems could also be due to a change in diet or even lactose intolerance, the body's rejection of dairy products such as cow's milk and its byproducts, due to the decreasing production of the digestive hormone lactase with age. Women who experience gas and stomach pain for more than three days, or whose pain is more severe than before, should see a doctor immediately.

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Top 3 Causes of Digestive Problems in Women

Digestive problems can have a huge impact on day-to-day life. However, by learning what causes these problems, you can make the first steps towards curing and preventing them. This article describes the three top causes of digestive problems, including stress, dehydration, and nutritional deficiencies.

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Gum Problems

The most common gum problem is known as gingivitis and involves swollen gums Gum problems are common among menopausal women; although these could be due to poor dental hygiene, they are also caused by menopausal hormonal changes, mainly estrogen deficiency. The most common of the gum problems experienced in menopause is gingivitis, or inflammation and bleeding of the gums. Left untreated, gum problems can lead to tooth loss, infections, and heart disease, so it is important to seek treatment for gum problems in menopause.

Bleeding and sore gums are easy to reverse if they are caught before they get too severe, via a combination of dental hygiene methods and tackling the underlying hormonal imbalance through healthy lifestyle changes and natural supplements. If the problem continues, it is important to seek advice from a doctor or dentist.

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30-Day Plan to Stop Harmful Oral Habits

It can be easy to get lax about oral hygiene habits with a million other things to worry about throughout the day, but healthy habits are the first defense against serious disease. Read on for a week-by-week guide to regaining healthy gums and teeth your dentist will be proud of in just 30 days.

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Muscle Tension

Muscle tension leads to an increase of aches and pains throughout the body.Muscle tension is when muscles, especially the ones in the neck, shoulders, and back, feel tight or strained, or when there is a general increase in aches, pains, soreness, and stiffness throughout the body. Muscle tension is a common symptom of menopause, because low estrogen levels lead to a rise in cortisol, known primarily as the stress hormone. Continued high levels of cortisol cause the muscles in the body to tighten and become fatigued.

Women who are generally fit and healthy are less prone to muscle tension than women suffering from poor nutrition and who do not do sufficient physical exercise. Menopausal women suffering from muscle tension should tackle the root of the problem – hormonal imbalance – as well as practice relaxation techniques.

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6 Relaxing Activities to Reduce Muscle Tension

Muscle tension is a common but painful symptom of menopause for many women. Fortunately, there are things that can be done to reduce the pain. This article describes six relaxing activities you can do in order to reduce muscle tension, such as listening to music, reading, swimming, or going for long walks.

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Itchy, Crawly Skin

Loss of collagen causes the skin to become dry and less youthful looking When estrogen levels drop during perimenopause, collagen production also slows down. Collagen is responsible for keeping skin toned, fresh-looking, and resilient. So when the body starts running low on collagen, it shows in the skin, as the skin gets thinner, drier, flakier, and less youthful-looking. Skin dryness leads to pruritus, or itchy skin, a frustrating symptom that can disrupt both women's sleeping and waking lives.

Itchy skin is one of the first menopause symptoms to appear because collagen loss is most rapid at the beginning of menopause. It is possible that premature menopause also leads to more rapid collagen loss. These skin changes can also make a woman look and feel a little older than she used to. To be able to overcome itchy skin symptoms, a woman will first need to address her hormonal imbalance.

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Things to Look for When Buying Cream for Itchy Skin

Trying to find the right cream to treat chronically itchy skin can be a daunting task, considering the myriad of options available on the market today. There are, however, certain factors everyone should think about to ensure the most bang for their buck. Read on to discover five that may help you make the decision.

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Tingling Extremities

Tingling on only one side of the body requires immediate medical attentionTingling extremities is where menopausal women experience the feeling of “creepy-crawlies” walking all over their skin, a burning sensation like an insect sting, or super-sensitivity in their hands, arms, legs, and feet. In most people, tingling is harmless, usually occurring due to a pinched nerve or compressed artery, which reduces blood flow through the extremity causing it to “fall asleep”. However, in menopausal women, tingling extremities is likely caused by the effect that low estrogen levels have on the central nervous system.

Tingling extremities can also be a symptom of any number of problems, including anxiety, poor blood circulation, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, or a tumor. Any unexplained tingling that affects one side of the body or is accompanied by muscle weakness warrants immediate medical attention.

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Facts about Tingling Extremities Symptoms in Women

Tingling fingers and toes is one of the lesser-known symptoms of menopause, but it can be frustrating and worrying for those who are suffering from it. This article discusses four facts about tingling extremities symptoms in women, including what causes tingling extremities, what the symptoms feel like, and what treatment can be used.

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Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis: a degenerative thinning of the bone that decreases its mass and densityOsteoporosis is a degenerative bone disorder, characterized by thinning and weakening of the bone and a general decrease in bone mass and density. Menopause negatively affects bone growth. Normally, bones go through a process whereby old bone is replaced with new bone cells, but the body's ability to handle this process changes with age. By around age 35 there is less bone growth than there is bone removal.

Estrogen is involved in the process of calcium absorption into the bones; thus, due to the drop in estrogen levels, women will experience an accelerated reduction in bone density from perimenopause onwards. This disorder is called osteoporosis. Reduced bone density means that bones are much more susceptible to breaks and fractures.

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Top 5 Recommended Treatments for Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis in a painful and dangerous condition that is far more common in menopausal women than any other group. The thinning and weakening of the bones can cause falls, fractures, and subsequent surgeries. Find out which treatments are most highly recommended for correcting this difficult disease, and rest assured that they are simple and effective.

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Early Menopause:

All women know that menopause is an inevitable period of life. However, many women around the world face this change at an unexpectedly early age. Women in their 20s and 30s need to be informed about all possible symptoms that could be identified as early menopause signs.

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Premenopause:

For practically their entire adult lives, women hear about menopause and its symptoms as something in the distant future. Surprisingly, what they should know is that the menopause process starts a lot sooner than most people think.

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Perimenopause:

Perimenopause, as its own name suggest, is the time in women's lives near menopause. Symptoms such as hot flashes and mood swings appear, causing women to feel uncertain about their own bodies as they go toward the end of their reproductive lives.

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Postmenopause:

Postmenopause is defined as the time after menopause. Technically, a woman is postmenopausal from the moment menopause occurs until the end of her life.

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3 Surprising Menopause Symptoms

Many women who are going through menopause are aware of the more common symptoms they can expect to experience, such as hot flushes and night sweats. However, there are other symptoms that are less commonly known. This article describes three of these uncommon symptoms, such as increased muscle tension.

Updated on June 18th, 2014

How to Choose Pajamas for Menopause

Menopause can bring a host of symptoms with it, one of which could be night sweats, when you find that your body is overheating. One way to combat this symptom is by wearing the right pajamas. This article describes which pajamas are the best for stopping you overheating.

Updated on June 16th, 2014

How to Manage Menopause Symptoms Naturally

Not many women get through the menopause without experiencing any symptoms of it at all. This article describes four of the best natural ways to alleviate menopause symptoms. These consist of eating the right foods, drinking enough water, sleeping right, and making sure you exercise sufficiently.

Updated on June 13th, 2014

Are Peanuts Beneficial for Heart Health in Menopausal Women?

This article describes the nutritional benefits of peanuts, including their high levels of protein, fiber, and good fats, which all help improve heart health during menopause. It also gives tips on the best and most healthy ways to consume peanuts, interesting recipe tips, and their other health benefits, such as improved brain and bone health.

Updated on June 5th, 2014

How to Help Your Wife Cope with Her Menopause Symptoms

There are many options available for women who are experiencing menopause symptoms. Although it may be hard to put yourself in your wife’s shoes, you can be patient and compliment her often. You can also go to the clinic with her to discuss any treatment options with her and her doctor.

Updated on May 28th, 2014

Understanding Menopause Symptoms

Understanding menopause and its symptoms can be tricky, but this article explains the hormonal causes, the various types of menopause symptoms, such as mood swings and hot flashes, and the physical changes that might occur, such as skin, hair, and weight changes. Finally, learn more about the treatment options available for your menopause symptoms.

Updated on May 21st, 2014

5 Reasons Why Tofu Is Recommended for Menopause

This article explains how, rather than just a substitute for meat, tofu is an excellent food for menopausal women, because it contains plant-based estrogens that can balance hormones and reduce menopausal symptoms. Find out five reasons why tofu is recommended in menopause, including being a great source of iron and reducing the risk of osteoporosis.

Updated on May 16th, 2014

4 Differences between Thyroid Disease and Menopause

Many women who are experiencing symptoms such as mood swings and insomnia often misdiagnose themselves as going through menopause, without seeing a doctor. Instead, they may be suffering from thyroid disease. This article provides four ways by which you can tell the difference between menopause and thyroid disease, such the age.

Updated on May 14th, 2014

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