Menopause Symptoms

There are far more symptoms of menopause than you may be aware of.  It’s not only about hot flashes and the end of your menstrual period. Here are a few of the many other symptoms that can accompany menopause:

Menopause SymptomsLack of libido: Because of the hormonal imbalance that can occur during menopause, many women find they lose interest in sex altogether.

Vaginal Dryness: When this happens, it can cause discomfort.  There are, however, over-the-counter lubricants that can help lubricate you during sex if necessary.

Moodiness: You can be cheerful one moment and bursting into tears the next. This is again due to hormonal imbalances. Mood swings are treatable, but check with your doctor first to ensure the symptoms are due to the menopause and not some other underlying condition.

Fatigue: Feeling weak, tired, and as though all your energy is sapped is common among women going through menopause. Ask your doctor about options for treating fatigue caused by the menopause.

Sleep Disorders: All the changes happening in your body can also occasionally cause you to have difficulty sleeping, and you may have problems falling or staying asleep.

Difficulty concentrating: Menopause can also cause us to lose focus on completing tasks, or create an inability to concentrate for a long period of time.

Dizziness: In certain cases, the hormonal imbalances may cause you to feel dizzy or lightheaded. While this is a normal symptom of menopause, it should be handled with caution.

Weight gain:  You may find yourself putting on a few extra pounds during menopause. Regular exercise can help you keep off any weight you might find yourself gaining.

Brittle fingernails: Hormonal changes during menopause may cause your fingernails to become brittle and to break off easier than they did formerly.Menopause Symptoms

Depression: Women undergoing menopause often struggle with spells of depression. This can be brought on by the hormonal imbalances in your body. Check with your doctor if you find yourself becoming depressed.

Irritability: For some women, irritability is a normal part of menopause.  Not everyone is affected by it, however; but be aware that it can happen.

Breast soreness: Women undergoing menopause sometimes find that their breasts are more tender than usual, where even a slight touch can feel painful or uncomfortable.

Women going through menopause can experience all or none of the symptoms listed here, but you should be aware of them. If you do find yourself experiencing any one of these symptoms, call your doctor about options that can help you maintain equilibrium and go through this period in your life with less discomfort and stress.