Life will always catch up with us every now and then. There is so much happening around us all the time and we’re constantly being pulled in several different directions, all at once. Add technology into that equation and we quite literally never turn off! It’s so important to take a break every now and then, but more importantly, we need to recognise when that time is.
When we think of menopause, it’s always the most common symptoms that get the spotlight. Hot flushes and mood swings are two of the most well-known symptoms of both perimenopause and menopause. They are the ones we joke about with our friends and feel most comfortable chatting about. What about the many other symptoms? Perhaps you don’t even realise that specific issues are a result of menopause. Well, we’re about to shine the light on some of those least expected areas.
If you’ve ever experienced a hot flush, you will know just how embarrassing and troublesome they can be. The occasional hot flush here or there, although not ideal, is manageable. However, during menopause hot flushes can happen up to 40 times a day in some cases. This can have a significant impact on your quality of life.
Hot flushes, mood swings and weight gain. These are some symptoms of both perimenopause and menopause you’ve no doubt heard of. It’s easy to learn what’s going on when your body is going through text-book signs of the aging process. When symptoms don’t quite seem to fit your standard expectations of the change, it doesn’t mean they’re not normal. Let’s take a look at some of the less common, more unusual parts of perimenopause.
Are you nearing menopause, yet occasionally experience symptoms as if you were menstruating, such as period type cramps or bloating? It’s not actually that uncommon and it’s definitely nothing to worry about unless you are experiencing ongoing pain or you have an underlying health issue.
When we think of mood swings we often associate them with teenagers hitting puberty as their hormones change. Menopause is the same concept, your hormones are changing yet again and your body is off-balanced once more.
Mood swings are a very common symptom of menopause and perimenopause, they can last years and affect your well-being and relationships if you don’t get them under control.
If you suffer from night sweats, then you will know just what it’s like to wake up with your bed sheets and bed clothes soaking wet. It’s uncomfortable, embarrassing and disruptive to your sleep. Night sweats can be the worst part of menopause and even peri-menopause for many women for those exact reasons. No one wants to be changing the sheets on a daily basis, sometimes twice in the same night!
We asked you on Twitter which symptom we should feature in our next ‘symptoms in the spotlight’ and as a result this week we are going to look at vaginal dryness and developing an overactive bladder as a result of menopause.
Hot flushes are probably one of the most talked about and most common symptoms of menopause. If you’ve never had a hot flush, it’s quite difficult to explain just how dilapidating they can be to one’s life. However, if you’re reading this, it’s likely you know exactly what it’s like to experience them on a regular basis.
There are so many different symptoms of menopause, each affecting us all differently. We thought it would be beneficial to put one symptom in the spotlight every other week on our blog, and take a further look at what goes on and the steps we can take to reduce the effects. This week we’ve chosen skin related issues and conditions that can develop as a result of menopause. Typically we tend to focus on the most unbearable symptoms and forget those more subtle signs, such as changes in the skin.