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Menopause Symptoms

Menopause symptoms for some women are not too severe where others may suffer for many years with certain symptoms.

Women generally experience these symptoms during perimenopause and not menopause itself.

Menopause is the time in which a woman has gone twelve consecutive months without a menstrual period.

By this point most menopausal symptoms have already been experienced and are either done or declining.

Approximately 70% of women experience some symptoms of menopause. Some of the more common ones include;

  • Hot Flashes / Flushes
  • Night Sweats
  • Irregular Periods
  • Loss of Libido
  • Vaginal Dryness
  • Mood Swings

Hot Flashes / Flushes

This menopause symptom, commonly known as a hot flash, is sometimes called a hot flush.

It is the sudden sensation of extreme body heat.

It is generally accompanied by a reddened flushed face, neck and chest as well as profuse sweating.

This particular menopausal symptom can sometimes be accompanied by anxiety, mild to severe heart palpitations, irritability and in some cases (although rare) a feeling of panick.

Hot flashes are the most common of all the symptoms with approximately 75 to 95% of women reporting having this symptom during the different stages of menopause.

They can occur during perimenopause but more commonly occur post menopause when estrogen levels have dropped below a certain point.

This particular symptom can occur for 1 to 2 years after reaching menopause but can last for up to 5 years.

Women who have gone through chemotherapy, have had antiestrogen treatments or have had their ovaries removed are more likely to experience severe hot flashes.

These hot flashes can happen during the day but can occur at night which is known as night sweats.

Night Sweats

Night sweats are similar to hot flashes but occur only at night. The medical term for this menopausal symptom is called “sleep hyperhydrosis” or “nocturnal hyperhydrosis”.

elderly woman with fan to cool off from hot flashesJust like hot flashes the woman experiences the sensation of warmth but the night sweats tend to be more intense.

In fact they can be so intense that it can disrupt sleep.

Women often awaken finding herself drenched in sweat. Night sweats can last for a few seconds up to a few minutes.

Although most women will experience both hot flashes and night sweats, there are certain changes you can make to minimize these menopause symptoms.

Things you should avoid in order to prevent or minimize hot flashes and night sweats include;
  • Stress
  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • Spicy Foods
  • Tight Clothing
  • Heat
  • Smoking
Some of these things are not always avoidable, such as stress and the heat.

However, by reducing your intake of the other items can help reduce the occurrence of these menopause symptoms.




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