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Menopause literally means ‘the ceasing of menstruation’.

But, before you reach the menopause, you have to go through the peri-menopause, which lasts until you’ve had no period for 12 months. And then there’s also the post-menopause. Confused yet?

Menopause definitions

Perimenopause is the gradual change leading up to menopause.

Menopause is the point where a woman no longer has her menstrual periods and is only diagnosed when a woman hasn’t have a period for 12 months.

Postmenopause is the period after a woman has not have her period for 12 months.

Symptoms of menopause

As everyone knows, while going through this transition period, a lot of changes happen in a woman’s body. Those changes are the symptoms of menopause, listed here in alphabetical order:

  • Acne
  • Allergies
  • Anemia
  • Anxiety
  • Bloating
  • Blurred vision
  • Breast pain
  • Breast tenderness
  • Brittle nails
  • Bruising
  • Burning tongue
  • Candida
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Changes in odor
  • Cracked heels
  • Depression
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Digestive problems
  • Discomfort during sex
  • Dizziness
  • Dry skin, eyes or mouth
  • Dry skin on back of hands
  • Electric shocks
  • Facial hairs
  • Fatigue
  • Fungal infections (feet)
  • Gum problems
  • Hair loss/thinning
  • Headaches
  • Heart palpitations
  • High blood pressure
  • Hot flushes
  • Hyperhidrosis
  • Hypo / Hyper thyroid
  • Incontinence
  • Irritability
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Irregular periods
  • Itchy ear
  • Joint pain
  • Leg cramps
  • Loose pulpy soles of feet
  • Loss of libido
  • Loss of tone / Breast sagging
  • Memory lapses
  • Menopause chest pain
  • Mood swings
  • Muscles thinning
  • Muscle tension
  • Night sweats
  • Oral thrush
  • Osteoporosis
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Panic disorder
  • PCOS
  • Pimples
  • Racing heart
  • Sexual changes
  • Sleep disorders
  • Strange dreams
  • Sweet cravings
  • Syncope
  • Tingling extremities
  • Tinnitus
  • Urinary tract infection (frequent)
  • Urinary urgency
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Vaginal burning sensation
  • Visceral abdominal fat
  • Water retention
  • Weight gain

Some women suffer from one or two of the symptoms above, others suffer from many at the same time. There are many sites where you can read about these symptoms, but one of the best I have found is the site simply called ‘34 Menopause Symptoms‘.

Menopause prompts

Most of the menopause prompts will tie in with the symptoms above, in one way or the other, but there will also be informational posts. I invite you to write about menopause, not only when you suffer from any of these symptoms, but also when you live with someone who is going through any phase of the menopause. All experiences are valid. Please share!

~ Marie Rebelle

2 thoughts on “The symptoms of menopause

  1. Wow. It was quite something seeing all these symptoms listed like that. I think it is great that you are encouraging those who live with someone with symptoms also to link up as, when you look at many of the symptoms, you can see it isn’t something which only effects the sufferer. Missy x

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