A Look at Unusual Menopause Symptoms

A Look at Unusual Menopause Symptoms

The most common sign of menopause is hot flashes. Only 50% of women get menopause symptoms. But, nearly 90% of the women who do report symptoms, report hot flashes. Hot flashes are widely associated with menopause but did you know that even men can get hot flashes? Young women can also get hot flashes. Men may experience hot flashes while undergoing hormone treatment for prostate cancer and when a younger woman undergoes a procedure like a hysterectomy, this may also cause hot flashes. Other menopause symptoms that most people are familiar with include night sweats, vaginal dryness, and mood swings.

But there are some other symptoms that may surprise you. Although they’re not exactly common, they’re not rare either. Tinnitus, or ear ringing, is a surprising symptom. Clinical depression or anxiety presents a problem for a small percentage of women. Although it’s normal to have mood swings like those associated with PMS, clinical depression and anxiety are much more serious and may require talk therapy and/or medical intervention.

One scary thing when it comes to health and wellness during menopause that some women experience is memory loss. Initially you may feel like you’re losing your mind or having early onset Alzheimer’s, but this may be attributed to menopause. Clearly if it’s causing you problems, you should be checked out by a doctor just to be sure. Another weird symptom is dry skin, some menopausal women report really irritating dry itching skin. Some women report an irregular heart beat as a potential symptom.

If you do have any symptoms that are causing you problems, be sure to talk about it with a doctor. Menopause is a major life change and it can bring on a lot of weird symptoms due to extreme hormone fluctuations, but it’s still important to get checked out to rule out other potential health problems.  Although your memory loss and heart palpitations may be a result of menopause, they may also be indicators of other medical problems. Please visit Signs of Menopause Guide for more information about what to expect during menopause.