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While not a common symptom of menopause and postmenopause, tingling extremities is an unsettling and unexpected symptom some women experience. This tingling can affect any part of the body though it commonly affects the feet, legs, arms, and hands. Tingling extremities during menopause are usually the result of fluctuations in hormones.

Fortunately, most cases of tingling extremities during menopause and postmenopause do not indicate that something more serious is going on. Nonetheless, women who are experiencing tingling extremities and those who are curious about this menopausal symptom are wise to learn more about its causes and treatments.

Please continue reading to learn more about tingling extremities during menopause.

About Tingling Extremities

Symptoms of Tingling Extremities

Changes in sensation "Pins and needles"

Prickling or burning sensations

Numbness or reduced feeling

Increased sensitivity

Creepy crawling feeling

Tingling extremities, medically known as paresthesia, can occur at any time. In more mild cases, tingling extremities can come about after a certain body posture pinches a nerve or presses on an artery, causing a limb to temporarily “fall asleep”. In these cases, the tingling extremities usually return to normal after compression is relieved.

While tingling extremities are not usually cause for concern, these sensations can be a symptom of another condition. Please read on to learn more about the causes of tingling extremities.

How to Recognize Tingling Extremities

A tingling, prickling, or numb sensation in the fingers and toes is a common symptom of menopause. Medically known as paresthesia, these sensations are related to changing hormone levels in a woman's body as she enters menopause. While there is no complete cure, lifestyle changes can greatly reduce the frequency and intensity of this sensation.

Causes of Tingling Extremities

In most cases, tingling extremities experienced during menopause are the result of natural hormone fluctuations. Estrogen, one of the primary hormones in flux during menopause, has a complex effect on the central nervous system. When this hormone is thrown off balance during menopause, it can affect the nervous system, producing symptoms like tingling extremities.

While estrogen fluctuations are a prime cause of tingling extremities during menopause, other medical conditions can trigger tingling in the hands, feet, arms, and legs.

Other Causes of Tingling Extremities

Nerve injury (from neck or lower back injuries)

Spinal cord injury


Herniated disc

Vascular claudication, or lack of blood supply to an area


Carpal tunnel syndrome



Multiple sclerosis



Thyroid problems

Electrolyte or vitamin deficiencies

Medications side effects

Toxin exposure

Please read on to discover when tingling extremities might warrant a trip to the doctor's office.

What Causes Tingling Extremities during Menopause?

Tingling extremities during menopause are primarily caused by hormonal imbalance and the effect estrogen has upon the central nervous system. This article explains three other reasons why tingling extremities might occur during menopause, including anxiety, other medical conditions, as well as tense muscles and joint pain.

When to See a Doctor

While tingling extremities during menopause is not usually cause for alarm, there are some cases of tingling extremities for which medical attention is necessary.

Seek immediate medical attention if tingling extremities are accompanied by any of the following:

Tingling Extremities

Weakness or paralysis

Back, neck, or head injury

Inability to control the movement of an arm or leg

Loss of bladder or bowel control

Loss of feeling or tingling on one side of the body

Loss of consciousness

Slurred speech

Vision changes

Trouble walking

If you experience any other unexplained symptoms along with tingling extremities-such as increased urination, worsening of symptoms while walking, rash, muscle spasms, or pain-it is wise to seek medical help too.

Because most cases of tingling extremities in menopause do not require medical attention, it can be important for women to learn more about the treatment options available. Please read on to learn about the treatment of tingling extremities in menopause and postmenopause.

Treatments of Tingling Extremities

As with any menopause symptom, it is usually wise to begin with the least aggressive tingling extremities treatment and move on to the next method only if relief is not achieved.

Healthy diet: an effective treatment for tingling extremities

In most cases, a combination of lifestyle changes and natural therapies is the most effective and safe approach to tingling extremities during menopause. A good, balanced diet, hydration, and adequate sleep are basic lifestyle measures that can help. A doctor can also recommend other changes that can help to ease tingling extremities.

Using certain alternative treatments can also help to get to the source of tingling extremities in menopause: hormonal imbalance. Please read the following article to learn more about treating tingling extremities.

Most experts recommend that women who suffer from tingling extremities and wish to treat it begin with lifestyle changes, then move onto alternative medicine (ideally combining the two) and finally, look to medications or surgery if nothing else seems to work. Click on the following link to learn specific treatments for tingling extremities in these three categories.

5 Fruits and Vegetables to Improve Circulation and Reduce Tingling Sensations

Tingling sensations in your extremities is one of the many symptoms that menopause can bring with it due to an imbalance of hormones. This article describes five fruits and vegetables that you can add to your diet in order to help rebalance these hormones, including cabbage, strawberries, broccoli, onions, and cranberries.

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  • Love, Susan M.D. Menopause and Hormone Book. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2003.
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Updated on May 13rd, 2016
Tingling Extremities during Postmenopause
Tingling in the extremities is not a common symptom of postmenopause, but can be experienced. This article aims to clear up any confusion regarding this symptom, and give useful information about why and when it occurs. When accompanied by troubling symptoms, it should be checked by a doctor.
Updated on March 11th, 2016
Top 4 Vitamins for Tingling Extremities
Tingling extremities typically occurs in the arms, hands, feet and legs. This abnormal sensation can be caused by vitamin deficiencies, hormone fluctuations, nerve injury, or lack of exercise. Taking vitamins, exercising regularly, eating healthy, and drinking plenty of water can help prevent tingling extremities and related sensations.
Updated on November 9th, 2015
Tingling: A Common Symptom to Watch for
Tingling, numbness, pins and needles, or the sensation of a part of the body falling asleep are all common occurrences. Sometimes they are a symptom of a serious condition, or more commonly, women can feel them during the menopausal phase. Read here for more information about tingling and treatments for relief.
Updated on September 9th, 2015
What Causes Numbness and Tingling Extremities?
Tingling in your toes, or any other extremity, can be a cause for concern. Generally, it just means your body is lacking blood flow to a certain location. When relating to diabetes or vitamin deficiency, the solution may take more time to find. Visit your doctor to discuss healthy ways to keep the oxygen flowing.
Updated on August 14th, 2015
2 Things to Do at Home to Avoid Tingling Extremities
For those affected, tingling or numbness in the arms, hands, legs, and feet can be frustrating or painful and even be a more serious problem. Fortunately, there are simple measures to take at home that may reduce the occurrence of this terrible symptom of menopause.