There is a wide range of menopause symptoms that affect about 75 percent of women approaching the date that signifies the official end to their fertile years.1 While the most intense symptoms usually last for the duration of perimenopause, they can affect women in postmenopause as well.
Continue reading for a comprehensive menopause symptoms list throughout the various stages of the transition, what causes them, and what every woman can do for ultimate relief.
Causes of Menopause Symptoms
The symptoms outlined here are primarily caused by the fluctuation and eventual decrease in reproductive hormones, namely estrogen and progesterone, the two principal ones that control menstruation and ovulation throughout women's reproductive lives.
Because these hormones play an intricate role in the proper functioning of many different organs and bodily systems, their abrupt variations can provoke adverse effects throughout the body, otherwise known as perimenopause, or menopause, symptoms.
Complete List of Menopause Symptoms
There are over 30 menopause symptoms that can disturb women.
Below is a complete list that starts with psychological symptoms and is followed by physical symptoms, which are further subdivided into categories:
- Mood swings
- Difficulty concentrating
- Memory lapses
- Loss of libido
- Feelings of dread
- Hair loss or thinning
- Weight gain
- Brittle nails
- Vaginal dryness
- Sleep disorders, including insomnia
- Allergies worsening or appearing
- Breast pain
- Joint pain or achiness
- Crawly, itchy skin
- Irregular periods
- Irregular heartbeat
- Osteoporosis (most common in postmenopause)
Nervous system symptoms:
Most women going through menopause will be affected by a combination of symptoms from the above lists. Without a doubt, some symptoms are more common than others, such as hot flashes and mood swings.
Treatment of Menopause Symptoms
While there are a select few who pass through menopause without symptoms, the vast majority of women will suffer. However, the discomfort does not have to endure as there are a variety of natural and effective treatment options available for women to pursue for long-lasting relief far into their twilight years.
Learn more about treatments for menopause symptoms.
- Australasian Menopause Society. (2017). Menopause what are the symptoms? Retrieved October 30, 2019, from https://www.menopause.org.au/health-info/fact-sheets/menopause-what-are-the-symptoms
- Mayo Clinic. (2017). Menopause: Symptoms & causes. Retrieved October 30, 2019, from https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/menopause/symptoms-causes/syc-20353397
- National Institute on Aging. (2017). What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Menopause? Retrieved October 30, 2019, from https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/what-are-signs-and-symptoms-menopause
- AARP. (2018). What Doctors Don't Know About Menopause. Retrieved October 30, 2019, from https://www.aarp.org/health/conditions-treatments/info-2018/menopause-symptoms-doctors-relief-treatment.html