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Symptoms of Menopause Unraveling Your Menopause Journey

If you’re experiencing menopause symptoms, you’re not alone, we’re here to help! Menopausal symptoms can be a humanistic and economic burden to women since they can impact relationships, work performance and daily routines. Therefore, navigating through the process of this life phase alone can seem challenging, and perhaps a bit overwhelming. Here at Pandia Health we want to help you have the quality life you deserve by empowering you with the knowledge and resources needed to both manage symptoms, and make informed decisions about your health and well-being.

What are some menopausal symptoms you may experience?

Menopause is a natural biological process that marks the end of a woman’s reproductive years. The actual definition is considered to be the consecutive 12 month window where a woman has not menstruated. This can sometimes be confusing, especially if you’re a woman using birth control to make your #periodsoptional for extended periods of time, which is why we’ve put together this handy guide to menopause symptoms. Menopause can have many symptoms, each respective to the woman who is going through the process. We’ve listed the physical and emotional symptoms below:

Cognitive Symptoms

Physical Symptoms

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Causes of Menopause Symptoms

As we discussed on our menopause overview page, the process of menopause is what causes these symptoms. Here is a quick reminder of what happens during menopause:

The ovaries stop producing eggs

This causes the body’s levels of estrogen and progesterone hormones, which are reproductive hormones, to begin to drop.

The decline in hormone production can lead to the physical and emotional symptoms discussed previously.

Estrogen plays a critical role in regulating menstrual cycles, promoting the growth and development of female reproductive organs, and maintaining healthy bone density. It also affects other tissues throughout the body, including the brain, heart, and skin. As estrogen levels decrease during menopause, women may experience physical symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, and bladder symptoms.

Additionally, menopause may also cause emotional symptoms such as irritability, anxiety, and depression. These are related to changes in hormone levels, as well as other factors such as sleep disturbances and stress. While every woman’s experience with menopause is unique, understanding the underlying biological processes that contribute to these signs and symptoms can help women manage their symptoms effectively and improve their overall quality of life. I know what you’re asking yourself now. If the process of menopause is basically the main driver of most of these symptoms, what factors can start the process of menopause itself? There are multiple factors that can influence the menopausal transition of a woman – here are a few of the more important ones: (*This list is not a comprehensive list and should not be solely be used for menopausal diagnosis)

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Do menopause symptoms go away?

Fortunately, menopause symptoms are usually temporary and will eventually go away, but the duration and severity of these symptoms can vary from woman to woman. Menopause is only 1 day after which you have had 12 months of amenorrhea (no cycles), but when including perimenopause (the time from when you start experiencing symptoms until you go into menopause) this process lasts an average of seven years, but can go for as long as fourteen.

While some women may experience only a few mild symptoms that resolve within a few months, others may experience more severe and persistent symptoms that last for several years. Generally, most physical symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats (vasomotor symptoms) tend to decrease or disappear over time, while some symptoms such as vulvovaginal atrophy, vaginal dryness and sexual pain may get progressively worse as time goes on if they are not treated. Early treatment is key here since if it is not started early enough the vaginal tissue can suffer permanent changes. Emotional symptoms such as mood swings and anxiety may take longer to resolve. It’s important to note that some women may continue to experience symptoms even after menopause. However, there are various treatment options available to help manage menopause symptoms and improve overall health and well-being during and after menopause. If you experience menopause symptoms and you are not living your best life, schedule a consultation with Pandia Health’s expert doctors to discuss your options!

Our team of experts is dedicated to helping women manage their symptoms so that they can enjoy a higher quality of life. We offer a range of treatments for the common symptoms of menopause, such as menopausal hormone therapy or replacement therapy (HRT). We work closely with each patient to develop a personalized treatment plan that takes into account individual needs, preferences, and health history.

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FAQ's

While we’re not quite sure where the myth came from, we can say that there are at least 34 menopause symptoms. The truth is that menopause can really shake things up – it can touch everything from your brain to your body, and your emotions aren’t left out either. You’ve probably heard a lot about things like hot flashes and those sleepless nights – they’re pretty well-researched. But then, there are some effects that we’re still trying to wrap our heads around, or that we haven’t quite connected directly to menopause just yet. Here is a list of the 34 most commonly reported symptoms:
(It’s important to note that not all women will experience every symptom on this list, and that menopausal symptoms can vary in intensity and duration.)

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Mood swings
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Painful intercourse
  • Decreased libido
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Dry skin or thinning hair
  • Joint pain and muscle aches
  • Headaches or migraines
  • Heart palpitations
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Memory problems or brain fog
  • Weight gain or difficulty losing weight
  • Changes in appetite or food cravings
  • Bloating and water retention
  • Digestive problems or constipation
  • Increased facial hair or acne
  • Breast tenderness or swelling
  • Osteoporosis or bone loss
  • Increased risk of heart disease
  • Thyroid problems
  • Gum or dental problems
  • Tinnitus or ringing in the ears
  • Allergies or hay fever
  • Dry eyes or vision changes
  • Tingling or numbness in hands or feet
  • Increased susceptibility to infections

While hot flashes, night sweats, and mood changes are commonly associated with early menopause itself, there are also some unusual symptoms that women may experience during this time. Here are a few examples:

  • Electric shock sensations: Some women may experience sudden, sharp electric shock-like sensations in their head or body during menopause.
  • Burning mouth syndrome: This condition causes a burning or tingling sensation in the mouth and tongue, and it’s more common in menopausal women.
  • Gum problems: Menopause can cause changes in oral health, leading to increased risk of gum disease, tooth decay, and other dental issues.
  • Itchy skin: Hormonal changes during menopause can cause dry, itchy skin, particularly on the face, neck, and chest.
  • Body odor: Menopause can lead to changes in body odor due to fluctuations in hormone levels.
  • Allergies: Women may experience new or worsening allergies during menopause due to changes in the immune system.
  • Breast changes: Menopause can cause changes in breast tissue, including lumps, tenderness, and changes in size and shape.
  • Tinnitus: This is the perception of noise or ringing in the ears. Some women report an onset or worsening of tinnitus symptoms with menopause.
  • Allergy Symptoms: Some women may notice an increase in allergy symptoms during menopause.
  • Brittle Nails: Hormonal changes can affect the strength and growth of nails.
  • Osteoporosis: The drop in estrogen levels during menopause can lead to a loss of bone density, which can cause osteopenia or osteoporosis.
  • Changes in Hair: Some women may experience thinning hair on the scalp and increased hair growth in other areas of the body.
  • Digestive Problems: Some women may experience digestive problems, such as bloating, constipation, or gastric discomfort during menopause.

If you are experiencing any unusual symptoms, it’s important to speak with your healthcare provider for a full workup and to rule out other health conditions unrelated to menopause.

Yes, menopause can cause nausea in some women. Nausea and vomiting are not common menopause symptoms, but they can occur due to the hormonal changes that take place during this time. Estrogen affects many systems in the body, including the digestive system, so when levels of this hormone fluctuate during menopause, it can lead to gastrointestinal symptoms.
Other causes of nausea during menopause may include stress, anxiety, and sleep disturbances, which can also be common in most women during this time. Some women may also experience nausea as a side effect of medications used to manage other menopause symptoms, such as hormone replacement therapy.
It’s important to note that nausea can also be a symptom of other medical conditions, so if you are experiencing persistent nausea or vomiting, it’s important to speak with your healthcare provider to determine the underlying cause and develop an appropriate treatment plan.

Yes, menopause can cause dizziness in some women. Is not a common symptom of menopause, but it can occur due to the hormonal changes that take place during this time. Fluctuations in estrogen levels can affect the regulation of blood pressure and blood sugar levels, which can lead to dizziness or lightheadedness.
Other factors that can contribute to higher risk of dizziness during menopause include sleep disturbances, stress, anxiety, and dehydration. Additionally, some women may experience dizziness as a side effect of medications used to manage other menopause symptoms, such as hormone replacement therapy.

It’s important to note that dizziness can also be a symptom of other medical conditions, so if you are experiencing persistent dizziness or lightheadedness, it’s important to speak with your healthcare provider to determine the underlying cause and develop an appropriate treatment plan.

Yes, fatigue is a common symptom of menopause. Many women experience feelings of exhaustion, weakness, and lack of energy during menopause. Fatigue can be caused by a variety of factors related to the hormonal changes that occur during this time, including hot flashes that disrupt sleep, as well as mood changes, stress, and anxiety.

Other factors that can contribute to fatigue during menopause include changes in metabolism, such as decreased thyroid function, and changes in physical activity levels due to aging or lifestyle factors. Additionally, some women may experience fatigue as a side effect of medications used to manage other menopause symptoms, such as hormone replacement therapy.

If you are experiencing persistent fatigue or other symptoms that are impacting your quality of life, it’s important to speak with your healthcare provider to determine the underlying cause and develop an appropriate treatment plan. They may recommend lifestyle changes, such as regular exercise, a healthy diet, and stress reduction techniques, as well as medications or hormone replacement therapy to manage your symptoms.