Thirty Menopause Signs – How Many Do You Have?

December 20th, 2014

Perimenopause is usually the first phase of those dreaded menopause signs. That period in a woman’s life that signals the end of the menstrual cycle. Knowing what to expect is half the battle in facing the challenge of what may, or may not affect you. If you notice any of these early signs of perimenopause signs, don’t be alarmed, they are reported by many women who are about to go through the same as you.

So here are thirty possible menopause symptoms you may experience (but remember, this list is not exhaustive!)



  1. Aching or sore joints; possible carpal tunnel syndrome
  2. Anxiety
  3. Breast tenderness
  4. Burning tongue and/or roof of mouth; a bad taste in the mouth that just won’t go away; dry mouth; a change in breath odour
  5. Changes in body odour
  6. Difficulty in concentration, disorientation and confusion
  7. Disturbed sleep and excessive fatigue
  8. Disturbing memory lapses
  9. Dizziness
  10. Worsening of existing medical conditions
  11. Excess fear, especially of death
  12. Gastrointestinal distress in the form of indigestion; flatulence; gas pain; nausea
  13. Baldness or thinning of hair; increased facial hair
  14. Heavy depression; extremely low self-confidence
  15. Hot or cold flashes; excessive sweating at night; a general feeling of clamminess
  16. Increased allergies
  17. Increased muscle tension
  18. Increased or decreased headaches
  19. Irregular periods
  20. Itchy, crawly skin
  21. Osteoporosis (after several years)
  22. Partial or complete loss of libido and vaginal dryness
  23. Periods of rapid heartbeat
  24. Softer fingernails that crack or break more easily
  25. Sudden bloating
  26. Sudden feeling of electric shock under the skin and in the head
  27. Sudden increase in weight
  28. Sudden mood swings, possible depression and a tendency to cry at the drop of a hat
  29. Urge for indulging in extremities
  30. Urge incontinence, for instance: you cannot control your urge to urinate and leakage may occur; other forms of incontinence, especially upon sneezing or laughing

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Why Are You Looking For Pre-Menopausal Symptoms?

February 19th, 2013

When ladies reach a ‘certain age’ all hell can break loose as they begin to wonder about premenopausal symptoms and whether they have them! If you could bottle up what premenopausal symptoms are, then no doubt you could easily sort out this complex problem endured by many, but not all women either suffer to the same extent, or have exactly the same symptoms. Just what age when pre-menopausal signs appear varies widely, as does how the body reacts to the onset of menopause signs.

The basic outcome of getting through the menopausal period is that you are no longer fertile and stop having periods. This right of passage is not always easy. If you are very lucky, your premenopausal symptoms will be a few hot sweats and a short temper for a year or two and you’ll be through it. I hope that will be you. However……. as mentioned, premenopausal symptoms vary greatly between individuals and you may suffer a few, many and occasionally pretty much all of the reported problems.

Typically, once you hit forty it’s something to watch out for. It’s almost as if life wants to give you a nudge to start looking after your body properly. Just when your life seems to be sorting itself out – the children are becoming self-sufficent, you’ve settled in your job, you can go out without worrying about baby-sitters and you are not always in the supermarket shopping for food! Hopefully, your money worries are easing and basically, you have much more time to do the things you want to do.

Your attitude towards premenopausal symptoms will play a big part in how you react to it. It’s probably not a surprise to know that if your approach is negative, then your experience will be far worse than a simple matter-of-fact and positive approach. One thing is certain, every woman will go through the menopause at some point, and in some way.

Understand your premenopausal symptoms will certainly help you deal with them.

Foods To Help Your Premenopausal Symptoms

August 2nd, 2015

Premenopausal symptoms consist of many different factors and will always be a challenge. However, there are several foods that will help if included in your diet during the course of the menopause.

The right foods will help balance and support your hormones. Essential fatty acids are one of the most powerful groups to include, in particular, Omega-3’s. There are at least five foods in this group that will help make your life better.

The Omega-3 foods you should try and include in your daily diet are wild salmon (not farm raised salmon if possible), kidney beans, walnuts, ground flax seeds and also cauliflower. If you can’t eat these, make sure you get a good Omega-3 supplement.

Try mixing the kidney beans with sweet peppers, arugala, balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil to give yourself a top EFA power meal.

In addition, make sure you eat plenty of protein to help keep your blood sugar and energy levels stable. Eating plenty of protein will help to slow down your digestion and thereby suppress the appetite. Drink plenty of water to help stay hydrated and to keep your bowels and digestion in good working order. You should also make sure to include plenty of low glycemic high fiber carbohydrates to help control food cravings and energy swings. To also help keep those food cravings in check and to keep the metabolism up, try and eat little and often. By this I just mean three main meals and a couple of power snacks between the meals.

Things you should cut back on include caffiene, especially after 6pm as this may stop you sleeping. Sugar will not do you much good and should really be cut back on. Also steer clear of white bread and rice and other white carbohydrates.

Finally, get off your butt and get moving if you don’t exercise already. Try some form of resistance training to improve your muscle tone and boost metabolism. An easy way to get your muscles in shape and to help avoid weight gain is to use vibro plates.  These are now cheap enough to have in your own home, but you will be able to find them in your local fitness or beauty salon. These machines are designed to give you the optimum workout for the minimum effort. In fact, it is said that 10 minutes of vibro plate exercises is worth an hour of conventional resistance exercise. For more on this type of fitness machine go to for more information.

Hopefully, the above tips will help you get through your premenopausal symptoms and right through to post menopause with the minimum of problems. Find out more about the Ultimate Guide To Menopause Symptoms by CLICKING HERE or on the picture above.

Are Menopause Headaches One Of Your Premenopausal Symptoms?

July 22nd, 2014

Menopause headaches are pretty common for a lot of women when going through this difficult time. It is suggested that as many as 30% of women will experience an increase in headaches as one of their premenopausal symptoms and that the severity and frequency of their headaches will increase during the menopause.

Menopause headaches are frequently of the migraine type as these are related to hormone fluctuations. And, as you know, your hormones go off the radar at this time! A migraine headache will typically keep coming back and may be only on one side of the head. Your head will throb and pulsate, you may feel or actually be sick. Add to that the feeling of weakness; sweating and light sensitivity that may last over 24 hours then you will really need to get some help.

Some of the most common side effects of menopause headaches of this type include bright or shimmering lights, shapes or flashes in the periphery vision about half an hour before the pain starts. This will obviously have a temporary effect on your eye-sight that can vary in intensity. You may also experience speech problems (such as slurring your words), dizziness and numbness of the face, fingers and toes.

To treat your menopause headaches, start off the natural cures. These include changing your lifestyle where possible. Try and reduce your stress levels by using relaxation techniques such as meditation or yoga. Get enough sleep, keep hydrated and don’t skip meals. Take some regular exercise and make sure you eat a healthy balanced diet that includes cherries, rice, wheat, potatoes, apples, yams etc. The foods you should avoid are those that include Nitrates (found in some processed meats and hot dogs), monosodium glutamate, tyramine, alcohol, caffeine and aspartame that is often found in sweeteners.

Simple lifestyle changes may not be the answer for all in terms of all your premenopausal symptoms as they don’t treat any underlying hormonal cause, but they are a good place to start and certainly won’t do you any harm. Many find that acupuncture, massage, hypnosis or aromatherapy may work well for them.

The next step is natural herbal treatments that are able to treat the hormone imbalance. Two herbs in particular are useful for menopause headaches and these are the non-estrogenic (e.g. Macafem) and phytoestrogenic (e.g. black cohosh) herbs. However, because of the way these work, for some, it may even increase the frequency of the headaches so if this applies to you, stop taking them.

Now, the lifestyle changes are important but if you need more help you may need to turn to your physician for advice as your normal headache medication may not work for this type of pain. Hormone replacement therapy may be used to treat persistent menopause headaches and other premenopausal symptoms, but as you may already know, the side effects of using HRT can be serious.

To summarise, as menopause headaches tend to be caused by hormonal fluctuations, normal over-the-counter remedies may not work. Change your lifestyle, try herbal remedies and if these don’t work approach your physician for more advice.

Vitamins For Menopause

June 5th, 2014

When you go through the menopausal stage of your life, vitamins for menopause may help alleviate some of the symptoms associated with this transisitional period. Obviously, one would expect you to consult your physician regarding the best treatment for you, particularly if symptoms are severe, but hormone replacement therapy is not for everyone. HRT was not for me for various reasons that it would be unfair to comment on here.

Vitamins for menopause are another matter however. Firstly, menopause is something you know is coming so get your body ready for it. Get your body in tip-top shape and you are less likely to get confused with the signs of menopause and other health irregularities. This is actually quite important as some women are given HRT based on symptoms that may not be menopause related.

One of the reasons that vitamins for menopause are useful is because of their ability to help maintain a healthy bone structure. Vitamin K for example diminishes during early menopause and there are many studies that have investigated this relationship although there are no firm conclusions on this.

Vitamin B, C and E are well known additions to the daily diet that may prove useful. Vitamin B is known to help with stress and energy levels. Good food sources are whole-grain cereals, bread, red meat, egg yolks, green leafy vegetables, legumes, sweet corn and brown rice

Vitamin C has well published benefits mainly related to colds and flu. However, it can also help with hot flushes and promote more elasticity in the skin. One lesser known benefit is the prevention and treatment of any vaginal dryness. Green peppers, citrus fruits and strawberries are good sources of Vitamin C.

Vitamin E is also useful in the treatment of hot flushes and vaginal dryness. You can get plenty of this vitamin from vegetable oils, almonds and green leafy vegetables as well as fortified cereals.

Basically, you should make sure you include the above vitamins for menopause in your daily diet. If you are unable to do that or you suspect the levels of the nutrients in your food and drink are diminished (e.g. because of poor soil quality), then you should think about taking supplements.

Although it is not necessary to buy the most expensive vitamins, do make sure you get a good quality one. Pricing is often misleading, as quite often you will find you require more of the so called cheaper ones.

In addition to Vitamins B, C, and E, add in A, D, calcium, magnesium, zinc and selenium, extra antioxidants like alpha lipoic acid, and probiotics to support the digestive system. Vitamins for menopause should be an option worth considering and discussed with your doctor beforehand.

Menopause And Memory Loss

October 27th, 2013

Contrary to popular belief that menopause symptoms include memory loss and a decline in cognitive function, there is some evidence this may not be the case – at least for some. Hot flashes and mood swings are all part of premenopausal symptoms, but memory loss may be a myth.

While women may feel their memory is not as sharp, other research has shown that the use of HRT (hormone replacement therapy), may protect against dementia has strengthened the belief. However, a further and larger study found that in older women, HRT did not protect women from dementia but may actually increase the risk of it.

Studies have been carried out on a group of 700 premenopausal women between 40 and 54 on a group of Taiwanese islands with fairly restricted access. It was believed this was the most homogeneous population available to allow for the influence of other variables on the results.

These women were given five cognitive function and memory tests at the beginning of the study and again after 18 months. None of them had had a hysterectomy, and none took hormone replacement therapy during the study. During the time of the study at least 23% began to have menopausal symptoms and their results were compared to the women who had not shown menopausal symptoms. In four of the five tests, no significant differences in the two groups were observed. One verbal memory test did show a slight difference.

It was suggested that any observed memory loss and other cognitive problems during menopause is more likely to be a temporary outcome due to other factors such as hot flashes and sleep problems.

However, attention was drawn to the fact that the outcome of this study may not be applicable to other more industrial cultures. And for example, educational background and hypertension may also play a big part in memory loss.

In summary, there is some evidence that cognitive function is not a menopausal symptom in itself. However, it may be a by-product of other symptoms and also of the individual’s background and medical history.