I recently received a call from a woman who simply needed to tell her story to someone who would listen without their hand on the door knob, signaling your time is up! I greatly, dislike when doctors do this!
I was once there myself and understand. As I was listening, I was reminded how unique each and every one of us are, and the path to menopause certainly reveals just how different we are from one another. She was dealing with symptoms not on the normal list of symptoms; such as, itchy and dry skin. Even though she hadn’t had a period in 14 months she still felt like her period was due, her abdomen full, bloated and her whole body felt tired. Her doctor kept telling her it’s menopause but her body and intuition were telling her something else.
It’s important for you to recognize the symptoms associated with menopause and discuss those that are affecting you with your doctor, especially if they are outside the list of common symptoms. Don’t always assume they are the result of menopause. Let them know your concerns and work with your physician to look into other possible causes before making assumptions or accepting an opinion based on a guess ─ educated or not.
This stands true and always will. Some women sail through menopause, experiencing very few physical and emotional symptoms, while others experience abnormal or disconcerting symptoms or symptoms that may last for extended periods of time and they can range in severity. Symptoms usually develop as women enter perimenopause. Some women continue to have symptoms into their postmenopausal years and others will not develop noticeable or annoying symptoms until they are postmenopausal.
Here is a quick checklist of the most common Menopause symptoms. If you experience symptoms that seem odd to you, listen to your intuition and your body and speak with your doctor. And if they blow you off, find a new doctor.
- Irregular periods
- Breast tenderness
- Hot Flashes
- Night sweats
- Loss of libido
- Vaginal dryness
- Mood swings, anxiety, irritability
- Sleep disturbances
- Memory lapses, foggy thinking
- Weight gain ─ Good to keep in mind ─ the average gain is 5 to 10 pounds. Some women don’t gain any weight and any gain can be lost through diet and exercise.
- Achy joints ─ exercise helps with the achiness because it increases circulation
Keep in mind symptoms of perimenopause and menopause come and go, ebb and flow and change with time, diet, and stress level. This is the ideal time to make lifestyle changes that support your wellness and help ease and quite menopause symptoms.