Hot flashes. Night sweats. Mood swings. Women—and the men who love them—all over the world know these symptoms. They are classic signs of menopause. But what about the other symptoms? The ones you know you’re experiencing, but some people are telling you are “all in your head”. You know the symptoms—and the people—we’re talking about.
Well, we’re here to set the record straight and offer a whole lot of validation. There are so many unexpected, under-recognized symptoms of menopause. They’re not in your head. Read on, and see if any of these sound familiar—and find out what you can do about them!
- Brain Fog. Not too long ago, you were sharp as a tack. You could call up information, remember everyone’s name, and never, ever forget where you put your keys. These days…not so much. You’re not alone. Up to 60% of women studied have reported forgetfulness, difficulty concentrating, and brain fog while going through menopause.
- Dizziness. While annoying, bouts of dizziness caused by menopause are usually short lived, lasting only 30 seconds or so. However, they can, on rare occasions, last longer. Dizziness during menopause is usually caused by fluctuating hormones. However, since it can be an indication of something more serious, speak to your doctor about it if it starts to become a regular event.
- Heartburn or GERD. Heartburn you’ve probably heard of. GERD stands for gastroesophageal reflux disease, and can sometimes feel like heartburn. If you find yourself dealing with more frequent heartburn than ever before, it may not be just about your diet. Be aware, though, that GERD doesn’t always feel like heartburn. Sometimes, it shows up as difficulty swallowing, a choking sensation, or even chest pain. Since these are also signs of heart attack in women, don’t assume GERD until you’ve been diagnosed with GERD.
- Itchy Skin. This isn’t just a patch that’s itchy. This itch can disrupt sleep, make you want to claw at yourself, and be almost debilitating. When your hormones change, the make-up of the fibers in your skin changes, as well, causing the itch.
- Panic Attacks. Even if you’ve never had an issue with panic attacks in your life, menopause can trigger them. Estrogen and progesterone, two of the hormones that fluctuate during menopause, also help control stress levels. When they’re out of balance, your stress levels can spike, causing a panic attack.
Good News, Better News
The good news is that most symptoms of menopause clear up once the process is complete. The odds are good that none of these will be with you for the rest of your life.
The better news is that there are ways you can mitigate their effects while they’re still around. Unlike your mothers and grandmothers, you don’t just have to suffer through.
- Exercise. Research indicates that moderate activity on a regular basis really can help ease the symptoms of menopause. Go for a brisk walk. Join a class. Take up swimming. It doesn’t matter what you do. What matters is that you do it.
- Eat well. Maintain a healthy diet, but also load up on calcium-rich foods, and get plenty of vitamin D to go along with them. Stay hydrated, too. And you may need to avoid alcohol, caffeine, and spicy foods if you discover they trigger hot flashes.
- Take natural supplements. Herbal supplements, with the ingredients you’ll find in products like Profemin, have been respected by women for centuries. And now, modern research is backing them up. Because they’re all natural, they’re generally safer than HRT.
Menopause is more than night sweats and hot flashes. Brain fog and all the others really are real. Don’t let anyone tell you differently.