Every woman hears about the most typical menopause symptoms that plague the majority of middle-aged women, from hot flashes and night sweats to mood swings, vaginal dryness, and more. However, when more unusual perimenopause symptoms come along, many may be left wondering if their hormones could actually be causing such effects.
Continue reading to discover some unusual menopause symptoms as well as what you can do to find relief, no matter their strangeness.
Also known as burning mouth syndrome, burning tongue is a relatively unusual perimenopause symptom highly correlated with female gender and advancing age.1 Since estrogen receptors are found in oral mucosa, low estrogen levels characteristic of the menopausal transition can affect the oral cavity and disrupt healthy saliva production, provoking symptoms of burning, numbness, tingling, and more.
In order to tackle its symptoms, menopausal women can instill natural methods - such as salt water or sage mouth rinses - or use pharmaceutical options, like saliva substitutes, capsaicin-containing products, or analgesics.
As aforementioned, low estrogen disrupts healthy saliva production. When there is inadequate saliva to wash bacteria off of one's teeth, as is the case with dry mouth, it can fester and cause cavities and other signs of tooth decay, not to mention gum problems.
Managing dry mouth to prevent subsequent tooth decay can be done by using special mouthwashes, staying hydrated, chewing sugar-free gum to stimulate saliva flow, and breathing through one's nose.
While the cause of electric shocks during menopause isn't completely understood, they are believed to be due to drastic estrogen fluctuations that affect the nervous system, provoking shocking or tingling sensations. Some women report them just before a hot flash.
While managing this unusual perimenopause symptom can prove difficult as they last for mere seconds, finding relief from them is possible by treating the underlying cause. More on this is discussed below.
Tingling extremities rounds off our list of unusual menopause symptoms. Nevertheless, the discomfort they evoke is not to be underestimated, including pins and needles as well as numbness in the arms and legs due to disrupted circulation and nervous system functioning from low estrogen levels (and commonly, a vitamin B12 deficiency).
To improve the symptom, avoid putting pressure on the nerves or consuming alcohol, caffeine, and tobacco while opting for regular exercise and good posture to improve circulation.
Whether your menopause symptoms are what you'd consider unusual or not, all have one thing in common when trying to find reprieve from them: promoting endocrine health. Natural and effective menopause symptoms treatments do just that by focusing on lifestyle changes alongside the use of alternative medicine proven to bring long-lasting relief. No longer will electric currents run your limbs nor oral decay deter your sweet tooth when you take your hormonal health into your hands today.
- American Dental Association. (n.d.). Hormones and Dental Health: What Every Woman Needs to Know. Retrieved October 1, 2019, from https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/h/hormones
- Bridgewater Community Healthcare. (n.d.). The Menopause. Retrieved October 2, 2019, from http://www.bridgewater.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/The-Menopause-what-to-expect-when-you-are-expecting-the-menopause.pdf
- Dahiya, P. et al. (2013). Burning Mouth Syndrome and Menopause. International Journal of Preventive Medicine, 4(1), 15-20. Retrieved October 2, 2019, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3570906/
- Mayo Clinic. (2017). Dry mouth treatment: Tips for controlling dry mouth. Retrieved October 1, 2019, from https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/dry-mouth/expert-answers/dry-mouth/faq-20058424
- Simpson, K. & Bredesen, D. (2006). The Perimenopause and Menopause Workbook. California: New Harbinger Publications. Available from Google Books.
- Suri, V. & Suri, V. (2014). Menopause and oral health. Journal of Mid-Life Health, 5(3), 115-20. doi: 10.4103/0976-7800.141187
- Kohorst, J.J. et al. (2014). A Population-Based Study of the Incidence of Burning Mouth Syndrome. Mayo Clinic Proceedings, 89(11), 1545-1552. doi: 10.1016/j.mayocp.2014.05.018