A woman cannot experience all the symptoms of menopause and a woman may report different frequency and intensity of these symptoms. The frequency and intensity might vary even for the same woman.
The following are the commonly reported first five symptoms experienced by most of the women. They are:
Decrease in Sex Drive
Night sweats are basically hot flashes if it occurs at night
There are many menopausal symptoms which are physiological. It includes weight gain, loss of hair, thinning of hair, change in body odor and dizziness. Women might also develop allergies or existing allergies might also get worse. Many a times a change in fingernails is also noticed and often they become more brittle. Some women also complain of leaking their urine during coughing and laughing.
Other symptoms which are physiological in nature include headaches or migraines, breast tenderness, problems with indigestion, muscle tension, dizziness and joint aches. The heart may also race at times. Gum related problems and a burning sensation in the tongue are also commonly reported. Many menopausal women also report experiences of a crashing fatigue. Osteoporosis might also develop during post-menopausal period.
Some women notice an itching and crawling on their skin. Some often report a tingling sensation on their skin as well as extremities. Complains of a feeling of shock beneath the skin is also not uncommon.
Mental and Emotional Symptoms
Women might also be affected mentally and emotionally due to menopausal symptoms. Some might experience fluctuations in moods, increased anger or irritability, and unexpected crying spells. Women have reported that they feel unusually anxious at this time. Some have even reported feeling of dread or panic attacks. Difficulties in memorizing, concentration and sleep are also not unusual. Some women might also go into depression during menopause.
It might also happen that existing conditions before menopause may become worse during menopause.
The Symptoms of menopause may look like a very lengthy and daunting list but one should remember that experiences of might differ from woman to woman. A woman may not necessarily experience the same symptoms as experienced by other women during menopause.
You should consult with your physician if you have any concerns or questions about menopausal symptoms. It is always a good idea to develop a plan of action when you are going through or approaching menopause.