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Common Symptoms


Symptoms of menopause vary from woman to woman. Common symptoms are vaginal dryness, depression, tiredness and headaches. Given here is a list of menopausal symptoms and its frequency.


Menopausal women experience many health issues on account of the reduction in the estrogen levels. These symptoms affect the quality of life of women.


What are the symptoms of menopause or estrogen deficiency?

The symptoms of menopause are varied, insidious and can frequently be misdiagnosed as endogenous depression, migraine or general debility. However, vasomotor symptoms and vaginal dryness in association with depression, tiredness and headaches of recent onset are characteristics of menopause or estrogen deficiency (although these may not be the initial presenting symptoms or the most distressing symptoms).

The major long-term problems of menopause include the development of adverse changes in blood lipoprotein concentrations, the generalized atrophy of connective tissues and the progressive reduction in bone mass (risk of osteoporosis).


How common are the various menopausal symptoms?

Frequency of menopausal symptoms in women aged 45-54 years. 

 
Complaint  % of women
Irritability  92 %
Lethargy  88 %
Depression  78 %
Flushes and night sweats  75 %
Headaches  71 %
Forgetfulness  64 %
Weight gain  61 %
Insomnia  51 %
Joint and muscle pain  48 %
Palpitations  44 %
Crying spells  42 %
Constipation  37 %
Dysuria  20 %
Decreased libido  20 %


How are the symptoms of menopause treated?

If the symptoms of menopause are unmanageable they are treated with the help of HRT or hormone replacement therapy. This treatment works by restoring the reduced levels of estrogen in the body of menopausal women. The restoration of estrogen levels help to get rid of various symptoms of menopause like hot flushes, decreased sex drive, dryness in vaginal area, mood swings. It also helps to prevent the bones from weakening thereby reducing the chances osteoporosis.

If the symptoms of menopause are irritating you, you can consult your doctor immediately to undergo HRT. He will discuss with you the various modes of administering this therapy. You can choose any method for undergoing this therapy depending upon your convenience.

Although, all women can undergo this therapy, it is not advisable for women who have history of blood clots, womb cancer, ovarian cancer or breast cancer. It is also not suitable for women with liver disease or high blood pressure. Women coping with high blood pressure can undergo this treatment only if the blood pressure is under control.

The HRT can be continued for the year or two due to which the symptoms of menopause will start fading away. Once the symptoms start fading away, you can talk to your doctor and find out when you can stop the therapy.


Are there any other alternatives for HRT?

Doctor may prescribe antidepressants for dealing with the symptoms of depression due to menopause. There are other medications that can help to cope with the symptoms like night sweats and hot flushes. Such medications should be taken only under the prescription of doctor.


What are the ways to deal with menopause naturally?

Women who do not want to opt for HRT can follow some natural ways to deal with the symptoms of menopause. It is very important to follow a healthy lifestyle to deal with such symptoms. Exercising regularly, having a balanced diet and drinking plenty of water can help a lot in dealing with the symptoms of menopause. Cutting down caffeine intake and avoiding spicy foods is also a must. Practising relaxation techniques like yoga, meditation, deep breathing etc; can help in dealing with symptoms like depression, irritability, mood swings and other psychological issues arising due to menopause.

It is also very important to get rid of unhealthy habits like taking alcoholic drinks, smoking etc; to deal with the symptoms of menopause.

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Saira.7 years ago
why do women get irritated and go through depression during the phase of menopause?
 
 
 
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Shell.7 years ago
where is the article?
 
 
 
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Kate.7 years ago
having come off hrt after 10 years i have started hot flushes again. any advice?
 
 
 
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Jane Doe.7 years ago
menopause in itself has its purpose which i assume is to prevent an older woman from having children and not living long enough to care for the child. apparently our bodies have not yet evolved to catch up with the longer life span.it is my opinion that the side effects of menopause are a freak of nature and that if this were to happen to the male population, every government would spend millions in research to prevent the devasting effects --some of which are never even discussed and no one knows exists until it happens. hair, skin, nails, and particulary changes not only of the vaginal area, but of the vulva as well. if the males sexual organs were to shrivel up by the age of 50, i repeat, there would be a world wide panic for prevention.
 
 
 
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t.7 years ago
im 16 and get hot flushes daily and sometimes they last all day. am i going through menopause?
 
 
 
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june roberts.7 years ago
needs more info on herbal remadies
 
 
 
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Caroline.7 years ago
having just discontinued hrt, i am experiencing constant hot flushes. as i am visiting a sars affected region soon, if they taked my temperature when i am experiencing a hot flush (which is exactly like a rigor), will i be whisked away and confined to quarters until it becomes obvious that i don't have sars?
 
 
 
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Question on Clomid.7 years ago
i am taking clomid fertility drug for 3 / 4 months now and have sweating most nights - is this a side effect of clomid or might it be menopause. i am 40.
 
 
 
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Janet.7 years ago
in reply to "t" -
although not impossible, it would be extremely unlikely that you would be going through menopause at your age. there are other conditions that can cause excessive sweating. i suggest that you hav a word with your doctor, if only to put your mind at rest. all the best to you.
 
 
 
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wendy.7 years ago
i also have stopped hrt after 10yearsand have started hot flushes again.i am going to try and stick it out without going back on hrt.just hope it does'nt last to long .
 
 
 
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