Menopause can result in a wide range of symptoms as well as hot flashes and night sweats. For more information and tips on how to deal with menopause symptoms, download our Free Menopause Guide
- Hormone changes can result in new allergies or increased sensitivity to existing allergies. This is due to the underlying impact of the hormones on the body’s immune system.
- The changing levels of progesterone and estrogen can result in breast pain at all stages of menopause.
- Different forms of headaches can occur due to hormone fluctuations. This is due to the hormonal impact of blood vessels in the head.
- Estrogen reduces inflammation in the joints. Reduced levels can therefore result in joint pains.
- Fluctuating hormones can cause fatigue and dryness in the vagina, impacting libido.
Memory Lapse & Concentration
- Memory is affected by estrogen levels due to its influence over brain functions.
- Increased stress, due to hormone changes, can raise blood pressure and blood sugar. As a result, muscles tighten and become fatigued.
- The risk of osteoporosis increases with hormone level changes. This occurs when the rate at which the bones repair and rebuild slows down.
- Various hormonal changes result in an increased production of fat cells. Lifestyle changes are the best way of combating this increase – regular exercise and a healthy diet
Depression, Irritability, and Anxiety
- Serotonin, a chemical that helps maintain mood stability and happiness, can be impacted by the reduced estrogen levels, resulting in depression, irritability, and anxiety.
- Cortisol, a stress hormone produced by the adrenaline gland, affects digestion. It can slow down the release of stomach acid.
- Hormones control energy at the cellular level. When hormones decrease, energy levels decrease. Fatigue can also be the result of irregular sleeping patterns due to night sweats.
- Itchy skin is experienced by many women during menopause due to hormone level changes.
- Common sleep disorders associated with menopause are insomnia, sleep apnea, snoring, narcolepsy, and restless leg syndrome. Night sweats also disrupt normal sleep patterns. These impact daytime function, such as concentration. The immune system can also suffer.
Tingling Extremities and Electric Shock Sensations
- Hormone fluctuations have an impact on the central nervous system, which can cause tingling extremities and sensations of electric shocks.