Symptoms of the Menopause

Whilst every woman will go through the menopause, it is a unique journey for each and every one of us. For some, the menopause is fairly uncomplicated with few symptoms - a stopping of the periods, and a blessing not to have to worry about buying sanitary products or sorting contraception any more!


For others, however, what others tell them is a ‘natural process’ can feel like a devastating time of change and uncertainty, fraught with symptoms they struggle to control, that can impact not only on themselves but their partners, families and often work colleagues as well.


Common symptoms of the menopause include: 


• Hot flushes and sweats

• Vaginal dryness

• Disturbed sleep pattern

• Tiredness 

• Reduced sex drive

• Skin and hair changes

• Palpitations

• Headaches

• Joint aches and pains

• Changes in bladder function


• Feeling tense or anxious

• Poor concentration

• Low mood

• Tearfulness

• Irritability/Mood swings

• Loss of interest


An Ipsos MORI Survey, undertaken on behalf of the British Menopause Society in 2016, revealed that on average, women experience seven different symptoms of the menopause, and that over 40% of women felt that their symptoms were worse or much worse, than expected.


Despite this, only 1 in 2 women sought advice from a health care professional. Half of the women surveyed said that the symptoms had affected their home life with a third of women admitting their work life had been affected by the menopause.


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