5 Surprising Menopause Symptoms

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Did you know that there are 34 peri menopause / menopause symptoms, and as we learn more this list is increasing? But there are 5 menopause symptoms out there that might just surprise you.

Many women describe experiencing unusual sensations like electric shocks, jolts, or tingling during menopause. While alarming, these shocks are generally harmless, but understanding their cause and finding relief can be empowering.

The exact reason for these shocks remains a bit of a mystery. However, several possibilities are linked to the hormonal shifts of menopause. Estrogen plays a role in nerve function, and its decline during menopause might disrupt how nerves send signals, leading to abnormal sensations. Emotional fluctuations during menopause can exacerbate physical sensations, making shocks seem more intense.

Many women experience the fiery discomfort of burning mouth syndrome (BMS) alongside the various changes that come with menopause. This seemingly out-of-the-blue sensation can leave you feeling frustrated and helpless.

Burning mouth syndrome is surprisingly common among menopausal women, affecting up to 33% of them. Understanding this shared experience can be empowering and help you navigate this challenge confidently.

Remember, you don’t have to endure this discomfort alone. Talk to your doctor about your symptoms and explore the best course of action for you.

The joys of menopause sometimes include an unwelcome guest: itchy skin. Remember, this is a relatively common experience. Around 40% of women report itchy skin during menopause. It usually affects the face, arms, legs, and scalp. While uncomfortable it’s generally harmless.

Use fragrance-free lotions and creams regularly, and drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated from within. Avoid hot showers and harsh soaps, and wear breathable clothing. Use cool compresses on itchy areas. Limit spicy foods, alcohol, and caffeine, which can aggravate symptoms. Consider omega-3 fatty acids, known for their skin-calming properties.

While hot flashes are widely recognised as a telltale symptom of menopause, many women experience their less-celebrated counterpart: cold flushes. These sudden chills can be just as disruptive and leave you feeling confused and unprepared.

Up to 20% of women in menopause experience cold flushes alongside hot flashes. They occur due to the same culprit: fluctuating hormones, particularly a decline in estrogen. Instead of triggering sweating like in hot flashes, cold flushes cause blood vessels to constrict, leading to chills, goosebumps, and sometimes shivers.

This uncomfortable and sometimes debilitating condition can significantly impact your quality of life. During menopause, estrogen and androgen levels decrease, impacting tear production and quality. These hormones play a crucial role in maintaining the delicate tear film that keeps your eyes lubricated and protected.

Menopause can lead to systemic inflammation, which can also affect the glands responsible for tear production. The composition of your tears may change during menopause, making them evaporate more quickly and leaving your eyes feeling dry.

Electric shocks were one of my first symptoms and I certainly didn’t put it down to menopause. I spend most days getting electric shocks from light switches, door handles and computers. Or giving them to my kids, my friends and generally most people I meet. I’ve stopped shaking hands as much as possible.

Have you experienced any of the above? Let me know in the comments below.

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