Menopause Guide


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Menopause Symptoms

Peri-menopause symptoms may start around 40 years of age. The actual menopause symptoms may show around one year after the last period and continue until 100 years of age. Speaking with thousands of women, we have identified 45 Menopause Symptoms. Some women experience these symptoms mildly, while other may experience them strongly. This is a list of menopause symptoms some women experienced and were relieved using DON’T PAUSE:



Hot Flashes and Cold Flashes

Hot Flashes and Cold Flashes copyHot flashes are temporary sensations of overwhelming heat. Some women also experience chills or a rapid heart rate along with the sweating, flushing and sensations of heat. A hot flash that is accompanied by redness in the face and neck may be called a hot flush while a hot flash that occurs at night and is accompanied by profuse sweating is often called a night sweat.

Night Sweats

Night SweatsNights sweats are one of the best-known symptoms associated with menopause. Many women who are experiencing perimenopause or who are menopausal experience these nocturnal hot flashes, which are likely to wake you up drenched in sweat with your heart pounding. This can thoroughly interrupt a good night’s sleep and make it hard to settle back down.

Irregular Periods

Irregular PeriodsIrregular periods are often one of the first signs of perimenopause, or the transition between a woman’s reproductive years and menopause. As her ovaries begin to produce less estrogen, menstrual cycles can become irregular. Over time, her ovaries will gradually stop releasing eggs, and her cycles will eventually stop altogether. Irregular periods can begin when a woman is in her 30s or even earlier, but they are most common once a woman reaches her 40s.

Loss of Sexual Desire and Drive

Loss-of-Sexual-Desire-and-DrivePerimenopause and menopause can create a host of symptoms both physical and emotional. These are largely caused by the loss of estrogen and testosterone, which can lead to hot flashes, cold flashes, sleep disturbances and more.

Vaginal Dryness (Painful intercourse)

VaginalDrynessThe vaginal dryness that often accompanies menopause or perimenopause is uncomfortable and can cause a strain on relationships. Caused by declining estrogen, this dryness can indicate vaginal atrophy, or a thinning of the vaginal walls. Normally, the vaginal walls are coated by a thin layer of moisture. During sexual arousal, blood flows into the pelvic region, which increases the amount of lubrication present. During menopause, however, the amount and consistency of lubrication can change and decrease dramatically, leading to vaginal dryness.

Vaginal Atrophy (Vaginal Blockage)

VaginalDrynessVaginal atrophy often affects women who are nearing menopause or in menopause, a condition which can lead to uncomfortable or painful sexual activity. As many as half of all menopausal women experience vaginal atrophy, but with proper treatment, they can once again enjoy a healthy sex life free of discomfort or pain. Lifestyle changes can help reduce the discomfort associated with this condition, maintain healthy tissue function and improve vaginal tone.

Dry, Wrinkled and Sagging Skin

Dry Wrinkled and Sagging SkinMenopause can bring numerous physical changes and leave you feeling unfamiliar with your own body. Unfortunately, it can also bring changes that leave you feeling unfamiliar with your own reflection. Apart from the missed periods, the mood swings and the night sweats, many women also experience dry, wrinkled or sagging skin. Lifestyle and menopause treatment products may be able to help relieve many of the symptoms associated with menopause, including dry skin.

Dry Eyes

Dry EyesMany women are familiar with more common menopause symptoms, such as hot flashes, night sweats and vaginal dryness. Fewer are familiar with dry eyes as a symptom of menopause. However, this condition can be not just uncomfortable but also potentially dangerous. Chronic dry eye can increase a woman’s risk of visual impairment. More than 60 percent of women experience eye discomfort during menopause or perimenopause, but few of them are aware the dryness is linked to their hormonal changes.

Irritability and Anger

Irritability-and-AngerMood swings are commonly associated with menopause and perimenopause. The link between irritability and menopause appears to be primarily hormonal in nature. The hormonal changes of menopause can trigger mood swings and a tendency to quick anger, particularly in women who are already susceptible to hormone-induced moodiness. In some cases, night sweats, anxiety and other conditions triggered during menopause can exacerbate emotional instability and leave women feeling even more frustrated and anxious.

Weight Gain - Increased Fat around the Waist

Weight GainWeight gain is so common during menopause that it has been given its own name: the middle-aged spread. The increased weight associated with menopause is frequently caused by hormonal changes, which are also behind most other menopause symptoms. Additionally, muscle mass is lost during menopause, which reduces the metabolic rate. If you continue to eat the same number of calories you always have, you will gain weight. You can also suffer from weight redistribution, or gain weight around your abdomen rather than around the thighs and hips.

Bloating - Water Retention

BloatingMany women in menopause are familiar with the traditional menopausal symptoms of hot flashes, night sweats and vaginal dryness, but they may be less aware that bloating is also a symptom. However, water retention is a hallmark of menopause that can leave you uncomfortable as you reach for elastic-waisted pants.

Loss of Memory - Foggy Memory – Forgetfulness

Loss of MemoryForgetfulness is often believed to be just another part of aging, but for many menopausal women, it is directly linked to their changing hormones. According to a study that was published in the journal “Menopause,” foggy memory is often most problematic during the early post-menopause years, and women may struggle with even routine mental tasks.

Mood Swings and Sudden Tears

Mood Swings and Sudden TearsMenopause brings with it many physical changes. In some cases, symptoms can be mild while in others, they can be dramatic and can cause significant disruption to your life. As many as a third of women experience mood swings during perimenopause and menopause. Emotional meltdowns, sudden tears and increased emotional instability may also have an underlying clinical origin, which is why it is important to discuss your symptoms with your health care provider.

Trouble Sleeping and Lack of Sleep

Trouble Sleeping and Lack of SleepTossing and turning is not the best way to get a good night’s sleep, but it becomes increasingly common as a woman approaches and goes through menopause. Decreased hormone production and the cessation of periods is a normal part of aging, but the sudden and often-tumultuous changes associated with hormonal fluctuations can cause a wide range of symptoms varying in degree from mild to severe. Many women experience trouble sleeping due to night sweats and other issues.

Anxiety and Dark Thoughts

Anxiety and Dark ThoughtsMenopause brings with it numerous physical and emotional changes. Many women experience an increase in stress, anxiety levels and may even suffer from panic attacks. These may be due not to a sudden onset of psychiatric problems or emotional issues, but are instead related to the dramatic hormonal fluctuations associated with menopause. Women in perimenopause, or the period before menopause, are also likely to experience an increase in anxious feelings and stress.


DepressionWomen who tend to be sensitive to the hormonal changes that occur throughout life may also be more sensitive to the hormonal fluctuations of menopause. If you suffered from premenstrual syndrome, experienced mood swings during pregnancy or suffered from post-partum depression, you may also be more likely to suffer from depression during menopause. Women who have a personal or family history of being clinically depressed may also be at an increased risk.


HeadachesHormonal fluctuations are a fact of life for women throughout most of their lives. Women who suffer from menstrual migraines may be more likely to also suffer from headaches during perimenopause and menopause. That is because the uneven hormone changes associated with perimenopause and menopause can trigger migraines and other types of head pain. Unfortunately, this kind of pain can interfere with your daily life and relationships and increase feelings of anxiety or irritability.

Pain all over the Body

Pain all over the BodyAches and pains are commonly accepted as normal parts of aging. However, pain all over the body can also be associated with menopause. In fact, more than half of women experiencing menopause or perimenopause, the period of time preceding menopause, will experience joint pain, discomfort and widespread pain.

Painful Bones - Losing Bone Mass

Painful BonesMost women begin to experience menopause symptoms in their mid- to late-40s, and while their symptoms may vary widely and range from mild to severe in intensity, most have few serious or long-term consequences. Losing bone mass, however, is one symptom that should never be taken lightly or ignored. Osteopenia and osteoporosis refer to the porous bones that become more common in older women.

Painful and Swollen Joints

Painful and Swollen JointsJoint pain can severely interfere with your life. The stiffness, inflammation and slow movement of painful joints can slow you down and make you feel old before your time. Although many people associated painful, swollen joints with aging or arthritis, it can often be associated with hormonal imbalances, and once these imbalances are treated, the symptoms and discomfort can be alleviated. If you are suffering from joint inflammation, addressing hormonal issues can allow you to once again enjoy a healthy, active, fully engaged life.

Osteopenia and Osteoporosis

Osteopenia and OsteoporosisOsteopenia is the precursor to osteoporosis, a condition that increases the risk of bone fractures due to a severe decrease in bone density. Women’s bone mass reaches peak density when they are in their 20s and early 30s, and as they age, their bone mass begins to decrease. After menopause, the bone loss accelerates primarily due to the loss of estrogen, which reduces collagen levels.

Hair Loss

Hair LossMany women consider hair loss to be a man’s problem, so when they notice their brush has more hair in it and their hair feels thinner than it once did, they can experience quite a shock. Is their hair thinning? It’s quite possible. The hormonal changes, including decreased estrogen and progesterone, associated with menopause can cause noticeable thinning of the hair, and it occurs in half of women by the time they reach 50. Unlike baldness in men, however, women’s hair loss tends to be more diffuse and spread evenly throughout the scalp, which leads to overall thinning rather than a single area of baldness.

Brittle Nails

Brittle NailsMenopause brings with it many changes, including changes to your appearance. Thinning or sagging skin can lead to premature aging while diffuse hair loss can cause thinner hair. The same hormonal fluctuations that cause these changes can also cause thin or brittle nails. While many other symptoms of perimenopause and menopause can have a serious effect on your life, thinning hair and nails may not. However, they can have an impact on your self-esteem and leave you feeling self-conscious about the way you look.

Loss of Teeth

Loss of TeethRecent research reveals that more than 25 percent of post-menopausal women are at risk of losing teeth. A study published in Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology examined more than 1,000 women who had undergone menopause, and nearly 300 of them lost a tooth during the five-year study. The tooth loss is believed to be related to hormone deficiencies and osteoporosis, but women who are overweight, smoke, have poor oral health or diabetes may be at an ever greater risk of losing teeth.

Swollen and Bleeding Gums

Swollen and Bleeding GumsRed, swollen and bleeding gums are generally symptoms of gingivitis or gum disease, but they can also be linked to menopause. The hormone swings of menopause and perimenopause can cause gums to become irritated and inflamed and increase the risk of gum irritation, redness, swelling, bleeding and other oral health problems.

Burning Tongue

Burning TongueHot flashes are a well-known symptom of menopause, and while burning tongue may not be as well known, it can be just as bothersome. Burning sensations in the mouth are usually linked to the hormonal fluctuations associated with menopause, and they can be easily ignored or attributed to other factors. However, burning tongue can be associated with dental health complications, including reduced saliva flow, a change in saliva composition, changes in nerve function and severe pain.

Painful Muscles - Losing Muscles Mass

Painful Muscles - Losing Muscles MassWomen who are entering menopause will often go through many different physical and emotional changes. Their bodies can change shape, and they can begin to gain weight often around their midsections. These changes are generally directly or indirectly related to the hormonal fluctuations and declines in estrogen production. Losing muscle mass is a common menopause symptom that can cause weight gain, back pain, aches and pains.


IncontinenceMenopause refers to the cessation of monthly periods and the end of a woman’s fertility. Most women begin to experience menopause symptoms in their middle to late 40s and their last period in their 50s.

Itchy Skins - Ants Crawling under the Skin

Itchy Skins - Ants Crawling under the SkinHot flashes, vaginal dryness and night sweats are some of the best-known symptoms of menopause. However, other symptoms can catch women by surprise. Some women may realize they no longer recognize their own reflection as their skin becomes thin, dry and itchy. Skin changes during menopause are directly related to the same hormonal fluctuations that cause other menopause symptoms. As the ovaries stop producing eggs, the production of estrogen also declines. Estrogen stimulates the body’s oil and collagen production. When estrogen levels drop, women may experience a sudden increase in dry, flaky or itchy skin.

Tingling in Hands and Feet

Tingling in Hands and FeetMenopause can cause a variety of symptoms in women. Some symptoms, such as night sweats or hot flashes, are quite well known. Others, such as paresthesis, are less well known but can cause significant discomfort or even pain. Paresthesis refers to a tingling sensation in the extremities. Tingling in hands and feet is generally caused by the hormonal changes associated with menopause. It can range from mild to severe and include tingling, burning, stinging, prickling, increased sensitivity or numbness in the hands and feet. You may feel as though you are walking on gravel or experience a warm sensation accompanied by inflammation.

Respiratory Allergies - wheezing and coughing

Respiratory Allergies - wheezing and coughingAllergies can be frustrating at the best of time, but if you are struggling with the sudden onset or worsening of respiratory allergies during menopause, you may find yourself more miserable than before. The hormonal fluctuations of menopause can bring with them numerous symptoms, including moodiness, irritability and hot flashes. According to a new study published in the “Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology,” they may also be more likely to cause allergies.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel SyndromeCarpal Tunnel Syndrome refers to dysfunction in the tendons and nerves in your wrist and hand. Symptoms can include pain, swelling, tingling, numbness and loss of strength. Although the dominant hand is most commonly affect, many people experience symptoms in both of their hands.

Increased Fat in the blood

Increased Fat in the bloodWomen are more likely to develop heart disease during and after menopause, but according to a new study, they may also be more likely to experience high cholesterol. This risk appears to exist for all women regardless of socioeconomic status or ethnicity. For more than a decade, the study followed more than 1,000 women experiencing menopause. They were tested annually for heart disease risk factors, including cholesterol, blood pressure and blood glucose levels.

Blood Sugar Fluctuations

Blood Sugar FluctuationsThe carbohydrates you eat provide your body with fuel in the form of glucose. Blood sugar refers to the amount of glucose in your body. A normal blood sugar is about 80 mg/dl after fasting or before a meal. However, typical blood sugar levels may fluctuate between 80 mg/dl and 120 mg/dl.

Rapid Heartbeats

Rapid HeartbeatsA rapid heartbeat can occur for many reasons and is particularly common during exercise or moments of extreme stress. When you are experiencing rapid heartbeats, or tachycardia, during perimenopause or menopause, however, your heart rate may speed dramatically for no apparent reason. You may experience an uncomfortable fluttering or flopping sensation in your chest, your heart may be pounding, you may feel lightheaded and you may struggle to catch your breath. Some women may even faint.

Dizziness - Light Head

DizzinessMenopause is more than just the cessation of periods for many women. It can bring with it many different symptoms that can range from mild to severe. Dizziness can be one of the more bothersome symptoms and can leave women feeling ill and unable to move quickly or feeling as though they are about to faint.

Digestive Problems

Digestive ProblemsIndigestion can interfere with healthy eating habits and leave you feeling uncomfortable, bloated or sick. You may experience nausea, abdominal pain, heartburn, burping, gas or vomiting. Apart from being inconvenient, digestion difficulties can significantly affect your quality of life. It can become more common during menopause, although a menopause natural treatment can help relieve symptoms.

Food Allergies

Food Allergies copyMenopause is often accompanied by a variety of symptoms, but rarely do women expect to have increased allergies along with their night sweats, irritability and hot flashes. However, as hormone production slows and eventually stops in the ovaries, the adrenal glands will take over the job. If the adrenal glands become stressed, perimenopausal and menopausal women may experience an uptick in allergies, including food allergies.

Photo Allergies

Photo AllergiesPhoto allergies are reactions that cause dramatic changes in the skin within one to three days of sun exposure. UV rays trigger an immune system response, and an itchy, uncomfortable rash develops. Unlike a sunburn, this reaction is not isolated to the areas directly exposed to UV rays but can be spread across the body. Although this kind of reaction is most commonly related to medications or topical treatments that can increase sensitivity, it can also be related to menopause.

Breast Tenderness

Breast TendernessWhen ovulation and menstruation cease and are absent for a year, a woman is said to be in menopause. The period immediately preceding menopause is known as perimenopause. Perimenopause and menopause often bring with them dramatic physical and emotional changes that can include uncomfortable symptoms, such as breast tenderness. A natural menopause treatment may be able to help alleviate this type of breast discomfort.

Change in Body Odor

Change in Body OdorBody odor may not be the favorite topic of a woman going through perimenopause or menopause, but it may well be a subject that is frequently on her mind. Changes in body odor are common as women go through the hormonal fluctuations that accompany menopause.

Electric Shocks on the Skin all over the Body

Electric Shocks on the Skin all over the BodyThe sensation of electric shocks on the skin can be quite disconcerting and uncomfortable. You may experience this common menopause symptom as a twitching sensation, zaps, tingles or the feeling of a rubber band snapping inside your skin. In some cases, the tingling, numbness or twitching of shocks may precede a hot flash or night sweat. Natural menopause treatment products may be able to relieve your discomfort.

Difficulty Concentrating

Difficulty ConcentratingPerimenopause and menopause can bring with them many symptoms as hormones fluctuate and eventually decrease. Hot flashes and night sweats are some of the best-known symptoms, but many women experience what may seem to be a near-constant state of premenstrual syndrome. Their emotions may be tumultuous, and they may have difficulty concentrating. This can lead to a lack of motivation, irritability, anxiety, moodiness and other emotional swings. In some cases, difficulty with concentration can be caused by depression, which can either be triggered or worsened by menopause or perimenopause, the period just before menopause when your periods become erratic or irregular.

Problem Speaking and Expressing

Problem Speaking and ExpressingMemory lapses can be an extremely frustrating menopause symptom, but when they lead to a problem speaking, they can be embarrassing, too. If you have a problem expressing yourself, a menopause natural treatment product combined with lifestyle changes may be able to help you regain your self-confidence and your train of thought.

Fatigue - Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Fatigue - Chronic Fatigue SyndromeChronic fatigue syndrome, or CFS, is a poorly understood condition that can lead to exhaustion that is often severe enough to interfere with your daily activities. The condition has no definitive tests, and your doctor may only be able to diagnose it after ruling out other conditions. CFS often begins after another mild illness, and you may suddenly experience difficulty sleeping, feel tired most of the time, have difficulty concentrating or suffer from headaches, widespread joint or muscle pain and swollen or tender glands and a sore throat. Depression commonly occurs alongside chronic fatigue syndrome.


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