Top Menopausal Symptoms

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20 Apr Top Menopausal Symptoms

There are over 150 clinically defined symptoms signaling the end of menstruation. The following thirty-five menopause symptoms are indicators that a woman’s reproductive capacity is declining and the cessation of her menstrual period is near.

I’ve penned a hormonal guide for menopause for all my Naturopathic patients, it’s free and includes the top natural health strategies for the most common menopause symptoms, including herbal medicine and bio-identical hormones. Drop me a line if you need a copy!

Quick Review of Definitions

There is no adequate independent biological marker confirming menopause. For women with a uterus, menopause is confirmed after 12 *consecutive* months without a period. For partially hysterectomized women (ovaries intact), it is confirmed by an FSH blood draw. Women who have had a bilateral oophorectomy (full hysterectomy with both ovaries removed), enter immediate menopause often referenced as surgically-induced menopause.

Perimenopause is the transitional period leading to a woman’s final period. The strictest definition of perimenopause is irregular periods – a change from what is normal and natural for YOU.

35 Common Menopause Symptoms

  1. Hot flashes, night sweats and/or cold flashes, clammy feeling
  2. Irregular heart beat
  3. Irregular periods
  4. Lowered libido
  5. Vaginal dryness
  6. Mood swings
  7. Fatigue
  8. Hair loss or reduction, pubic or full body; increases in facial hair
  9. Difficulty falling asleep and/or staying asleep
  10. Difficulty concentration, troubling memory lapse, increased forgetfulness, poor short term memory
  11. Dizziness, light headedness, episodes of decreased stability
  12. Weight gain, muscle atrophy/loss
  13. Urinary incontinence
  14. Unexpected boats of bloating
  15. Allergies
  16. Changes in body odor
  17. Irregular heartbeat
  18. Depression
  19. Anxiety, feeling ill at ease
  20. Emotions of dread, doom, stress
  21. Irritability
  22. Panic attacks
  23. Breast tenderness
  24. Headaches
  25. Joint pain, aching muscles and tendons
  26. Burning tongue or roof of mouth, change in breath odor
  27. Sluggish digestion, increased flatulence, nausea
  28. Gum problems, increased bleeding
  29. Itchy, Crawly Skin
  30. Tingling in the extremities
  31. Unexpected tears
  32. Brittle, softer nails
  33. Tinnitus: ringing in the ears
  34. Blood sugar fluctuations: increased insulin resistance
  35. No period: 10% of women abruptly stop their period with no signs or symptoms

If you suspect your are in menopause, it’s important to meet with a qualified health practitioner that specializes in hormone balance to assess the severity of your symptoms and risk factors for disease, including heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis and cancer.

If you or someone you know suffers with perimenopause, feel free to drop me a line on the “contact us” page on this site and request an appointment. I treat patients locally at my practice in Vancouver, B.C. and worldwide via phone or Skype.

Menopause is a natural transition, but that doesn’t mean it’s comfortable. Partner with a health care practitioner that can help you find the ‘right’ approach that fits your values and lifestyle needs.

Dr Tasnim Adatya

Naturopathic Physician, Menopause Clinician, Acupuncturist, and Health Educator

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