Menopause Symptoms

A comprehensive guide to menopause symptoms, causes and remedies

Early menopause symptomsEarly menopause symptoms are not different from that of common menopause. Generally, women suffer from headaches, insomnia, night sweats, hot flashes, and joint pain. Body shape changes are also quite evident: women often put on weight around the abdomen. In fact, during early menopause there is fluctuation of hormones in the body that triggers early menopause symptoms. Thus, menopausal women can experience anxiety, depression, forgetfulness, emotional ups and downs. Due to the reason that early menopause is often caused by disease, surgery, or genetic factors, there is a rapid decline in the amount of estrogen in the woman’s body. Such “estrogen crash” can also cause extreme hot flashes, fatigue, mood swings. The majority of early menopausal women who experience surgical menopause commonly have a number of menopause symptoms in quick succession. They often complain of their severeness and long duration (more than eight years).

To sum it up, we may distinguish between barely physical symptoms and signs that belong to the emotional sphere.

Physical symptoms:
– vaginal dryness,
– irregular periods (changes in their frequency and duration),
– infertility,
– bladder control problems,
– hot flashes and night sweats,
– palpitations,
– breast tenderness,
– insomnia/disrupted sleep,
– headaches,
– weight gain (especially around the waist and abdomen),
– skin changes (dryness, thinning look),
– bloating,
– itchy skin,
– gastrointestinal distress and nausea,
– changes in body odor,
– hair loss or thinning,
– dizziness,
– sore joints and muscles,
– dry mouth,
– increase in facial hair.

Emotional symptoms:
– depression,
– anxiety,
– irritability,
– mood swings,
– lack of concentration,
– lowered libido,
– feeling emotionally detached,
– confusion,
– memory lapses,
– extreme fatigue.

In next articles we will consider most common early menopause symptoms and possible ways of coping with them.

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Tracey Curle said, July 25th, 2008 at 5:43 pm

I am 42 and had an early menopause 2 years ago. I didn’t suffer too many physical symptoms (no hot flushes or sweats), a little weight gain and have been unable to have children. However, I am still suffering emotional symptoms or depression, anxiety and terrible moodswings plus tiredness and memory problems. Would be grateful to hear from anyone else suffering similar probs as sometimes I feel completely irrational.

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Gabriela Shafer said, August 2nd, 2009 at 4:04 am

Tracy, you are not alone. I just turned 37, and for the last 8 years I have been suffering of terrible moodswings, depresion, and anxiaty. My doctors prescribed me anti-drepressant but never got to the cause root of the problem, untill I took the initiative of getting a blood test to check my hormone levels…and Bingo!, the doctor said I had no early menopause, but premature menopause!. So I feel more relieve now of knowing the cause, so I could get the correct treatment. And no, you are not irrational.