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 20 of 22 comments.

both my mum and grandma had early pre 40 menopause, both had menopause babies. my own symptoms began at 38, and a hormone test with my dr showed I was, in fact, going through early menopause. I am now 53, I am still having periods, and still at the same stage hormonally, I have anxiety, breast pain, PMs which ranges from murderous to suicidal, hot flushes and migraine almost daily. it has been 15 years now. is anyone else in my situation? I feel lost and desperate, and yes I had my menopause baby, he is 14

Posted by carole | August 12, 2017 Report Violation

I'm getting more days than not if anxious feelings, anxiety, teeth grinding, extreme fatigue, irritability and constant headaches that last for days. Has anyone got any advice. I'm thinking about HRT. I'm nearly 50 and have always been reasonably fit and healthy. I'm currently using sage and taking seven seas 50 + supplements.

Posted by Lesley Pearce | August 10, 2017 Report Violation

Am going through some heat in my body and my tongue my body feels hot from outside and inside too yes sometimes I have little problems sleeping also I get mood at time I don't have must feeling for sex but I can't take this heat in my body.

Posted by Auri cassasola | August 1, 2017 Report Violation

Hi Ladies just reading your messages on menopause makes me feel less alone. I have had 34 symtoms of the menopause and im at my witsend with the whole thing. The worst thing is the panic attacks and anxiety. Have been going through it for 12 years and symtoms have got worse. I have tried everything, but have to say accupuntre helped the panic, so think i need to go back. Lately i have had digestive problems with chest pain, which i think is acid reflux, who knows. Eat a healthy diet so you would think it would help. Any one else suffered with acid reflux? Will be glad when this nightmare is over its very depressing, so have know how you all feel. I will celebrate the day i wake up and feel me again, think my husband might be relieved too.

Posted by Jane | July 31, 2017 Report Violation

I've got nearly all these symptoms and they've got progressively worse over the last year,particularly the hot flushes and night sweats,I can't wait for it to be Over!

Posted by Heather | July 30, 2017 Report Violation

I have most of these and feel rubbish most of the time

Posted by Joanna Williams | July 28, 2017 Report Violation

I have or had almost every one of these symptoms. The worst was the pounding heartbeat only after visiting a cardiologist and hearing from him I was fine could I relax. I've been suffering with these symptoms for years now I really don't believe in hormone therapy so my doc prescribed a 20mg non-addictive med works wonders for the anxiety. Lots of fresh air and walking helps me tremendously. When the dizziness starts I try to focus on how I'm holding my head I never had vertigo in my life until premenopause and it's brutal but it does pass. The hot flashes are really the easiest part for me I have so many other symptoms that are by far worse. I just open the freezer door and laugh a bit after all this is a part of life and we all go through it one way or another be happy we're alive! ❤️

Posted by Cindy | July 22, 2017 Report Violation

I have a lot of the symptoms but the worst is the thinning and hair loss and just recently my breast are extremely tender. It even hurts when the water hits them in the shower! I am taking Aleve but it doesn't help much.

Posted by Dana | July 19, 2017 Report Violation

I believe it's wise to be informed and know the possible symptoms and to find comfort in the fact the you are NOT alone. However, I also believe it is unwise to claim and accept all the negative possibilities. Yes, everyone is created differently and yes, there is pain and suffering in this world - thank you Adam and Eve - but if you resign in your heart that it is inevitable that you will have a "terrible, horrible, no good, very bad" menopause experience ... you have just opened the door for that very experience. You can speak words of life, healing, health and blessings or words of defeat, sickness, pain and suffering. Every time you refer to something as "my" you have claimed it. My night sweats, my depression, my anxiety ... these are real and we feel them but we don't have to own them. Walk by faith and not by sight. My kids were 7, 4 & 1 when their daddy/my husband died 14 years ago. We went through very lean years but when they asked for something I would answer, "We don't have the money for that right now, but someday we will!" ... Never sowed into the words "we're broke" or "we're poor" or we would have reaped that harvest. Same here - I will sow words of health and healing and thank the Lord for what I do have and remember that my "suffering" can never compare to the cross He bore for me. It's not fun or easy, I tell Him that too, but we can do it. My mum had much trouble getting through the whole process so I know first hand. I have my challenges to girls and it is definitely a relief to see I'm not "imagining" some of them! lol .. I want to encourage and uplift you all and pray for someone, or something, to come into your lives to bring comfort and bless you - in Jesus name. "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." Thessalonians 5:16-18

Posted by Lorisa | July 15, 2017 Report Violation

I have had the "burning tongue" sensation for over 3 months now. I hope this symptom doesn't last much longer!!!

Posted by Holly | July 11, 2017 Report Violation

Oo thank god for all this blogs tha we Get to read. It helps alot of us, omg I bn having all this symptoms since I was 38, now im 42 and it's the worst feeling ever. If I tell you I have all of the 34+ more symptoms. I ask my self when is this ever gonna end. I need help ASAP. Lady's wat are yall doing to help ease what we are going tru. Lol u name it i have it.

Posted by Yanet | July 10, 2017 Report Violation

Is shortness of breath a symptom of menopause

Posted by Cheryl | July 7, 2017 Report Violation

Have anyone losing weight going through I have lost weight and my weight goes up and down

Posted by Kim | July 7, 2017 Report Violation

I would like to know how anyone had skipping heart beat from preiomenpause. Please somebody tell me something. I get this burning feeling in my left hip.

Posted by Kim | July 7, 2017 Report Violation

In a way, I'm glad to see that these symptoms go with how I've been feeling. I went through a traumatic divorce, and thought that was why I couldn't remember very much, but now I see there could be a different cause. I've also had trouble with dizziness and cramping, which actually helps me better understand what's going on. I'm not going to let all of this get me down. I'm glad I'm not the only one.

Posted by Michele | July 2, 2017 Report Violation

I am having too many symptoms to mention. I am determined to get through this without any hormonal treatment. a herb called Black Cohosh has been keeping my hot flashes under control. You have to take it for a few weeks to see the results. I am taking vitamins a and exercising regularly. All of this i helping. There are days I can not detect one symptom. All I can do is take it one day at a time. At least I'm not the only one out there...

Posted by Lisa Drew | June 29, 2017 Report Violation

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

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