Typical asm descriptions/queries
The list of possible positive developments
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"!

Please note:  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 thyroid or sleep 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 this

To read what might happen if  you got all the signs (calm down, you won't!) go to a humorous story
  1. Hot flashes, flushes, night sweats and/or cold flashes, clammy feeling. These are normal and harmless though unwelcome.
  2. Bouts of rapid heart beat 
  3. * Irritability, mood swings, rage
  4. Sudden tears
  5.  Trouble sleeping * through the night (with or without night sweats) (Also check sleep apnea)
  6. Irregular periods; shorter, lighter periods; heavier periods, flooding; phantom periods; 
  7. Change in libido* (decrease or increase)
  8. Dryer vagina  (may result in painful intercourse). 
  9. Crashing fatigue 
  10. Anxiety*, feeling ill at ease 
  11. Feelings of dread, apprehension, doom ( includes thoughts of death, picturing one's own death) 
  12. Difficulty concentrating,* disorientation, mental confusion  ("brain fog")
  13. Disturbing memory* lapses 
  14. Incontinence, especially upon sneezing, laughing; urge incontinence 
  15. Itchy, crawly skin    (Feeling of ants crawling under the skin, not just dry, itchy skin.) 
  16. Aching, sore joints, muscles and tendons. NB There are studies that show that HRT makes this better  and those that show it gets *worse*...
  17. Increased tension in muscles 
  18. Breast tenderness 
  19. Headache change: increase or decrease 
  20. Gastrointestinal distress, indigestion, flatulence, gas pain, nausea 
  21. Sudden bouts of bloat 
  22. Depression* 
  23. Exacerbation of existing conditions i.e. things you have already seem to get worse
  24. Increase in allergies 
  25. Weight gain* which is often around the waist and thighs, resulting in "The disappearing waistline" and  changes in body shape. 
  26. Hair 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)
  27. Dizziness, light-headedness, episodes of  loss of balance 
  28. Changes in body odor 
  29. "Electric shock" sensation under the skin and in the head  (It feels "zizzy" - a soundless buzz - to me)
  30. 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 extremities.) 
  31. Gum problems, increased bleeding 
  32. Burning tongue 
  33. Brittle fingernails, which peel & break easily. 
Osteoporosis 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, its connection with menopause has been exaggerated.

And after all that, let me remind you of The list of possible POSITIVE developments !

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