Thank God I’m Not Crazy…It’s Just Menopause!

Woman GigglingWe’ve all been educated about the common symptoms of menopause – hot flashes, night sweats, irregular periods and vaginal dryness.  But what about the “other symptoms” that some of us experience?  Although less research and mention is done of these conditions, they certainly merit attention.

Below are 10 common and uncommon symptoms (as listed by 34 Menopause Symptoms), which after discovering, gave many a sense relief.  In general, people appreciate being in the know and learning that they are not crazy, alone in their experience or have some other dreaded disease.  Instead, it empowers them to now feel and know that their experience is natural and just part of being a woman.

10 common complaints of menopause or perimenopause:

Hot flashes or flushes
Night sweats
Loss of libido
Vaginal dryness
Mood swings, sudden tears
Difficulty concentrating, disorientation, mental confusion
Disturbing memory lapses
Weight gain
Incontinence – especially when sneezing, laughing
Hair loss or thinning – head, pubic or whole body but increased facial hair

10 uncommon complaints of menopause or perimenopause:

Dizziness or light-headedness, episodes of loss of balance
Increase in allergies
Change in fingernails – cracking/breaking
Rapid heartbeat
Panic disorder – feeling of dread, apprehension, doom
Breast pain – pain or soreness in one or both breasts
Burning tongue or roof of month
Electric shock sensation under skin or in head
Gum problems – increased bleeding
Itchy, crawly skin
Tingling extremities

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