SIGNS OF (PERI)MENOPAUSE
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|This list of possible signs
of menopause is adapted from the
original one developed by women on the internet "menopaus"
mailing list based at that time at Hershey Medical Center, Hershey
Pennsylvania (list owner and founder, Judy Bayliss).
Some of these signs are also
seen in young women after the ovaries are removed, so they are not merely
signs of aging. However; many can also be seen at any age and while they
do appear around the time of menopause may be more mid-life
problems which are coincidental to the hormonal changes of menopause.
Those marked * also
appear on the list of signs of male "menopause"
so as they are not gender specific cannot be dependent on changes in female
hormonal status. They are however common enough around the time
of menopause to justify their inclusion. Beware of attributing all the
problems of midlife to "menopause"!
Nothing on this free, unfunded informational
site is intended as medical advice. Personal decisions
concerning symptoms which may "just" be signs of (peri)menopause must
be made in consultation with a health care provider. Most
of these may also be symptoms of disease and many are found also
in women with low
apnea so should not be lightly dismissed as being "just perimenopausal"
. However, where no other underlying cause (medical or psychosocial) is
found in a woman aged 40 up (usually - though younger is possible) this
is very likely the reason for them, despite many doctors' refusal to acknowledge
which was on the original list has been removed since it is invisible and
unlikely to be complained of in the perimenopausal years. In addition,
connection with menopause has been exaggerated.
flashes, flushes, night sweats and/or cold
flashes, clammy feeling. These are normal and harmless though unwelcome.
Bouts of rapid heart beat
mood swings, rage
sleeping * through the night (with or
without night sweats) (Also check sleep
periods; shorter, lighter periods;
periods, flooding; phantom periods;
Change in libido*
(decrease or increase)
vagina (may result in painful intercourse).
feeling ill at ease
Feelings of dread, apprehension,
doom ( includes thoughts of death, picturing one's own death)
concentrating,* disorientation, mental
confusion ("brain fog")
especially upon sneezing, laughing; urge incontinence
Itchy, crawly skin
(Feeling of ants crawling under the skin, not just dry,
Aching, sore joints, muscles
and tendons. NB There are studies that show that HRT makes this better
and those that show it gets *worse*...
Increased tension in muscles
Headache change: increase or
Gastrointestinal distress, indigestion,
flatulence, gas pain, nausea
Sudden bouts of bloat
Exacerbation of existing conditions
i.e. things you have already seem to get worse
Increase in allergies
gain* which is often around the waist
and thighs, resulting in "The
disappearing waistline" and changes in body shape.
loss or thinning,*
head (usually temporary
in women and rarely of concern) or whole body; increase in facial hair
(also usually slight and controllable by tweezing)
light-headedness, episodes of loss of balance
Changes in body odor
"Electric shock" sensation under
the skin and in the head (It feels "zizzy" - a soundless buzz - to
Tingling in the extremities
(can also be a symptom of B-12 deficiency/diabetes. The tingling
can result from an alteration in the flexibility of blood vessels in the
problems, increased bleeding
Brittle fingernails, which peel
& break easily.
And after all that, let me remind you of
list of possible POSITIVE developments !