It seems that women have some expectations about Menopause and what they might be about to experience, and certainly that is true for the more extreme symptoms, but there are others that are just as likely that you may not have thought of.
Poor sleep and fatigue
One thing that night sweats and poor sleep, together with increased bladder problems, could certainly result in is the disruption of your sleep.
A lack of good sleep will also lead to other symptoms, one of the most common being that feeling of generally always being tired.
Anxiety and stress
Menopause is a time of considerable change, and many women find they are more anxious. Poor sleep can link in to this and make it worse as can stress which is often a result of anxiety.
It doesn’t matter what you call it, the end result is the same. Your usual logical brain deserts you and you find yourself unable to remember a close friend’s name, how to get to a familiar destination or standing in the supermarket wondering what on earth you came there for.
Whatever form it takes, happily it is often only temporary but there are still things you can do to make it easier on yourself.
Changes in your hair
You may notice this in different ways; for some women they first notice a lack of thickness, texture or shine but for others it is the start of menopausal hair loss.
Your hairdresser will tell you that this is very common and usually related to hormone balance, but you may need to rethink how are you deal with your hair at this time.
While some women report they have an improvement in their sex life once the fear of pregnancy has receded at Menopause, but for others the reverse is true.
A combination of changing hormone levels, where your oestrogen levels will be affecting your normal vaginal lubrication, and a combination of some of the other symptoms listed here such as poor sleep, fatigue and anxiety, will also contribute.
These “other” symptoms of menopause are naturally enough often related to poor hormone levels. Whether you need progesterone or oestrogen will depend on the symptom itself.
If you are not sure which hormone you may be lacking, then this article can be helpful:
Which hormone or hormones might you need?