34 Symptoms of Menopause – Are You Going Through The Change?

by Laura Ramirez on August 18, 2011

There are 34 symptoms of menopause which women characteristically experience from peri-menopause onwards. Some of the most common ones include hot flashes and night sweating, but as the following eleven symptoms indicate, there are dozens of other indicators to watch out for. Many, like the eleven listed below, share signs with other medical conditions, although they usually come with a couple of other menopause-related symptoms.

Dizziness and loss of balance

Suddenly feeling the room spin or being lightheaded for no reason are some of the menopause symptoms which women complain and worry about. Dizziness or vertigo during menopause can be attributed to hormonal fluctuations, and can last for just a couple of seconds. However, if vertigo and lightheadedness threaten safety anywhere you may experience them; it is wise to get medical consultation immediately.

Weight gain or thickening of the waist

While the phenomenon called middle-age spread is common among in their late forties onwards, weight gain is one of the most recognizable of the 34 symptoms of menopause. It is also one that women fret over, as it affects over ninety percent of menopausal women. The increase of body mass in middle age is largely responsible for this, with the waist thickening as a result of uneven distribution of the extra weight gain. An average of twelve to fifteen pounds are expected for the typical menopausal woman to put on, though regular exercise and a proper diet can keep most of it at bay.

Incontinence

Perhaps one of the most embarrassing of the menopause symptoms  is incontinence, or accidentally urinating while laughing, sneezing, coughing, or exerting physical effort on a task. Some of the most common non-menopause related causes of incontinence include age, stress, surgery, and childbirth. Decline of hormone production directly contributes to incontinence during menopause.

Bloating

Fluid retention is a common premenstrual syndrome (PMS), but it also makes it to the list of widely-experienced symptoms. Age makes people more susceptible to lactose intolerance, causing gas to be produced and trapped in the stomach. This creates a bloated feeling with a distended stomach. Bloating during menopause can be affected by liquid retention, as well.

Allergy attacks

Sudden bouts of allergy attacks and allergic reactions are caused by fluctuating hormone levels. Hormones play a big role in the body’s immune system. The onset of menopause could trigger allergy attacks or bring about new ones.

Fingernails are more prone to breakage

While it may seem like a petty thing, changes in the strength of your fingernails is one of the menopause symptoms to watch out for. Brittle nails during menopause easily chip, break, or have a rough and pocked surface. Again, hormonal changes are largely responsible for this, although stress and iron deficiency can greatly contribute to unhealthy nails, as well.

34 symptoms of menopause

There are 34 symptoms of menopause and most of them can be relieved with the right treatment.

Changes in body odor

Aside from lapses in hygiene, foul body odor can be caused by excessive sweating due to hot flashes. It is an embarrassing symptom but one that is easy enough to remedy with regular showering and antibacterial bath soaps. Also, a change into a fiber-rich diet and drinking plenty of water helps.

Sudden rapid heartbeat

Having palpitations is not a rare occurrence during peri-menopause. It is an alarming symptom that makes women panic at the thought of a heart attack, which does not help the sudden rapid heartbeats any. Changes in estrogen levels typically trigger this. The trick is to relax at the onset of palpitations, take deep breaths, and keep a calm disposition until the palpitations pass.

Depression

Although it is not a physical indicator, depression is one of the most worrisome symptoms because it can adversely affect the quality of life. Clinical depression is defined by two weeks straight of being unhappy or in despair. However, in menopause, depression can be pinpointed to fluctuating hormone levels. Fortunately, there are safe, natural, and effective ways to remedy it.

Anxiety attacks

Along with unexplained depression, anxiety attacks and feeling panicked without provocation are directly caused by declining hormones. They may either be rare or recurring, and are part of the constellation of symptoms that women typically experience. To prevent it from worsening and wreaking havoc on mental and emotional health, consult a medical professional right as soon as possible.

Irritability and mood swings

Among the 34 symptoms of menopause, mood disorders are the ones that seemingly need the most attention. This is because they can affect not just the menstrual woman, but also the people surrounding her. Being irritable and moody are typically marks of a full blown PMS, but hormonal changes dictate that they also come with menopause.

This list above is not comprehensive. Check the resources list below for the full list of 34 symptoms.

34 Menopause Symptoms

Common Menopause Symptoms

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