34 Menopause Symptoms - the checklist

By Mary White, M.A., SPHR

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When you start to experience several of the 34 menopause symptoms, that's a good sign that you're starting to enter the phase of life often referred to as "the change".

Recognizing the Onset of Menopause

For women, menopause is a fact of life. As it approaches, women experience hormonal fluctuations that cause a wide variety of symptoms. For many women, hot flashes are the first indication that menopause is near. However, hot flashes are certainly not the only symptom of menopause.

Not all women experience the onset of menopause in the same manner. Some people begin to experience a few symptoms associated with menopause during their 30s, while others are largely asymptomatic throughout their 40s or even longer. Still other women experience many of the 34 menopause symptoms, often for an extended period of time.

A List of 34 Menopause Symptoms

  1. Allergies
    Some premenopausal women experience increased problems with allergies.

  2. Anxiety
    Women experiencing menopause often report increased feelings of anxiety and stress.

  3. Bloating
    Menopausal women often experience an increased occurrence of bloating symptoms similar to those associated with premenstrual syndrome.

  4. Breast tenderness
    During menopause, women often experience breast tenderness similar to that felt by pregnant women.

  5. Brittle nails
    The hormonal fluctuations associated with menopause can limit the body's ability to produce keratin, resulting in brittle fingernails and toenails.

  6. Body odor changes
    Hormonal changes can lead to increased perspiration and associated changes in body odor.

  7. Burning tongue
    Some menopausal women experience burning tongue pain as well as a similar sensation throughout the entire mouth area.

  8. Depression
    It isn't unusual for menopausal women to become depressed.

  9. Difficulty concentrating
    Some women experience concentration problems.

  10. Dizziness
    Menopausal women often experience unexplained dizzy spells.

  11. Electric shocks
    Some women report feeling electric shock sensations under their skin during menopause.

  12. Fatigue
    Overwhelming feelings of fatigue are among the most frequent and severe symptoms of menopause.

  13. Gastrointestinal problems
    Many people report an increase in various digestive problems (gas, cramping, and nausea) during menopause.

  14. Gum problems
    Some people experience increased problems with bleeding gums during menopause.

  15. Hot Flashes
    It's a fact that hot flashes are among the most common symptoms of menopause. A vast majority of women experiencing this symptom during menopause.

  16. Hair changes
    During menopause, many women observe an increase in facial hair and thinning of hair on other parts of their bodies.

  17. Headaches
    Early in menopause, women often begin to experience more frequent and more severe headache pain.

  18. Incontinence
    Menopausal women frequently experience bladder leakage and bladder control problems.

  19. Irregular, pounding heartbeat
    The feeling of a "running away" heartbeat is one of the most common menopause symptoms.

  20. Irregular menstrual cycle
    Menstrual irregularity is often the first sign that menopause is approaching.

  21. Irritability
    Menopausal women often become very irritable. This symptom is often closely tied to mood swings.

  22. Itchy skin
    For many women, one of the most annoying and constant symptoms of menopause is painful itching.

  23. Joint pain
    Many menopausal women experience increased joint pain and possibly arthritis.

  24. Loss of libido
    Many women experience a significant reduction in libido resulting from the hormonal fluctuations associated with menopause.

  25. Memory lapses
    Difficulty remembering things is a commonly reported symptom of menopause.

  26. Mood swings
    Menopausal women often exhibit extreme mood swings, ranging from bouts of crying to feelings of joy, for no apparent reason.

  27. Muscle tension
    During menopause, some women experience increased muscular pain and tension.

  28. Night sweats
    A large percentage of menopausal women report waking up in the middle of the night sweating. This is one of the most common symptoms of menopause.

  29. Osteoporosis
    This disorder almost exclusively impacts menopausal and post-menopausal women.

  30. Panic attacks
    For some women, the feelings of depression, irritability, and moodiness associated with menopause exacerbate to actual panic attacks.

  31. Sleep disorders
    It's very common for women to develop insomnia during menopause, which is often tied to the experience of night sweats and the extreme fatigue often experienced during menopause.

  32. Tingling extremities
    A large portion of menopausal women report feeling like they have bugs crawling on their arms and legs.

  33. Vaginal dryness
    Because estrogen levels drop during menopause, vaginal dryness is a common symptom.

  34. Weight gain
    Weight gain due to hormonal and metabolic changes is a serious concern for menopausal women.

The Experience Varies

The fact that you experience one of the 34 symptoms of menopause does not necessarily mean that you are beginning to go through it. The experience varies greatly from one person to another, so it's often difficult to pinpoint exactly when menopause is about to begin. However, as soon as you start to notice symptoms, it's a good idea to discuss what you are experiencing with your physician. This will allow you to start making proactive decisions about your health and regarding how you will handle the natural hormonal changes that every woman experiences as time goes by.

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Showing 1 to 6 of 6 comments.

I had a surgical hysterectomy for endometrial cancer 2 years ago aged66.it seemed to let loose a raging menopause which had been held back for 10 years on hrt even in the hospital post surgery.I still have night sweats 2 years later and terrible insomnia and fatigue.. Will it ever end and could the ladycare plus product still be helpful at my age.I still work 37 hours a week and the job can be stressful

Posted by Cornelia Taylor | January 18, 2017 Report Violation

help ! is generalized inflamation a symptom of perimenopause?

Posted by maria rios | April 13, 2015 Report Violation

My periods stopped in April I have dizziness along with low blood sugars from time to time all my blood levels are normal including hba1c I have gained 9 lbs. Because feeling so lousy as interfered with my exercise routine. I am miserable and sick of feeling at least 25 of the 34 symptoms I am 54 yr old and until I got these symptoms I felt 35. It's terrible and I hope it stops soon.

Posted by karen | December 1, 2014 Report Violation

I am 58 years old,my periods finished completely at 52,so its been 6 years..lately I feel low,cry more easily..some joint pain off and on,some times light heated,especially when I'm under stress..I'm a care giver to my parents 90 and 95,and my sister with MS 63..I feel overwhelmed at times..I never was like this,always strong that way..got the job done,but feel alone in this..most of my friend are younger,so I can't ask them..Just wanted to share how I feel at times..I find too that I'm more paranoid,and worry about everything thing going on..

Posted by mary | October 27, 2014 Report Violation

I have many of the symptoms but the one I'm having the most difficulty with is weight gain.Is there anything I can do about it besides exercise?

Posted by Cathy | September 18, 2013 Report Violation

I have been in menopause for 10 + years and the last fewe months I noticed that once a month for about a week or so my heart seems to be rapidly beating, and I feel stress in my chest more. When my daughter is going through her pms is normally when it starts with me too. It gets very difficult to go through. Is this normal, and I get scared that i am going to have a heart attack.

Posted by Margaret | November 8, 2012 Report Violation

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