Tingling/Numbess: Often in the hands and feet but can be throughout the body.
Fatigue: A very common symptom due to changes in hormone levels but often exacerbated by a combination of sleep disturbance, emotional changes and the presence of other menopausal symptoms.
Worsening PMS: Many women suffer from PMS during their reproductive life. Symptoms can vary from mild to severe and last from 2 -13 days before the start of their period. These symptoms are often worst around the time of the menopause and can have a hugh affect on a woman’s quality of life.
Headaches: Some women experience headaches or migraine at the time of their periods and these can get worse during the menopause. The headaches can often be more severe in the years and months before the menopause due to fluctuating hormone levels, not just related to low Oestrogen levels.
Loss of Libido: This is a very common and upsetting symptom which has an affect on relationships. The presence of other menopausal symptoms including flushes and sweats, chronic fatique and vaginal dryness can exacerbate this even further.
Palpitations / Heart Flutterings: Patients can often complain of the sensation that their heart is racing. This can be unsettling for some.
Increased Anxiety Levels: Excessive worrying over things / actions that would not have bothered them before. Feeling “overwhelmed” easily.
Weight Gain: It is more central weight gain in the “male distribution”. Weight gain is approximately .5 kg per year or 10 kg between the ages of 40-60. Several other factors are also thought to be involved including sleep deprivation, chronic fatigue, reduced physical activity and increased calorie intake.
Arthralgia: It is joint pain and is a common presenting complaint. It is often associated with a history of troublesome hot flushes and depressed mood.
There are many effective treatment options available to help deal with Menopause symptoms and women should not have to suffer. Treatment options depend on an individual’s symptoms, medical history, lifestyle, family history and, most importantly, the patient’s choice.