Not such popular menopause symptoms

Everyone’s heard that hot flushes and night sweats, mood swings and anxiety, are all part of the menopause experience. But there are some other, less heard-of, unwelcome and surprising symptoms, too.

When I was at my worst, I didn’t know that most of what I was experiencing was attributable to fluctuating oestrogen. Even if I had, I didn’t have the knowledge to know what to do. All I knew was that every day was a painful one, emotionally, physically and mentally.

I didn’t realise that decreasing oestrogen was responsible for my painful joints, or my increasing thirst and dry mouth, my sore breasts, inability to retain information, forgetfulness, loosening teeth, loss of confidence, bladder infections, general fatigue and loss of drive, new reactions to certain foods, inability to cope with stress, bouts of sudden anger, increase in stress…. and so on.

Of course, not everything can be blamed on the menopause, but you’ll be surprised to learn just how many of the changes it’s possible to experience absolutely because of it!

I would always recommend seeing a menopause specialist, ALWAYS. A quick way to find one near you is by visiting the British Menopause Society site. Or you can ask your own doctor for a referral to one.

It’s important that you address any changes you’re sensing, because how well you look after yourself during your years of change will influence your future wellbeing.

I’m your menopause mentor and I write based only on my own experiences, personal views, and research into menopause. Please always seek the advice of a professional. Jacky Wood

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