Sleepless nights, hot flashes/flushes, night sweats, unresolved fatigue, irritability, mood swings, skin and vaginal dryness are the first common signs of menopause. But there can also be heart palpitations, bloating, diaphragmatic weight gain, burning joints and sore muscles.
Are you beginning your menopause transition?
How severe are your symptoms?
Whilst these are all symptoms you can see and feel, there might also be others that are invisible to you without blood tests. These include:
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- High blood fats (high triglycerides)
- High low-density cholesterol (LDL-C)
- High Inflammatory Markers (C-Reactive Protein)
- Low Ferritin (stored iron)
- Low Vitamin-D
- Altered Thyroid and Adrenal hormones.
Women experience their symptoms in different ways depending on how quickly oestrogen and progesterone levels are changing and how they are managing their lifestyle.
If symptoms are becoming worse, then menopause itself is not the main issue. All women go through it. The issue is that when your reproductive hormones change, so DO OTHER HORMONES TOO, especially your thyroid, adrenal and pituitary hormones. These hormones are all influenced by your reproductive hormones and because your hormones operate on a negative feedback loop (they all balance each other out to maintain harmony in the body), then in many women, there is just a bit too much chaos going on! This is the secret I have un-raveled in menopause. Hormonal changes during menopause are influenced by our weight going into and through menopause (over-weight OR under-weight), our stress levels, our exercise patterns, our diet, our gut and thyroid health as well as natural changes that occur with our increasing age. If these aren’t all addressed during peri-menopause and post-menopause, my concern is that women may not have the ENERGY and VITALITY to enjoy life after menopause, i.e. in their post-menopause years.
Whether you have worsening symptoms or you aren’t sure if you are there yet, then take the Symptoms Test:
To complete the test, ensure that you rate the severity of your symptoms for each question (0 = No symptoms to 5 = Very Severe)
From: Perez-Lopez et al. (2013). Assessment of menopause-related symptoms in mid-aged women with the 10-item Cervantes Scale. Maturitas, 76, pp. 151-154