It can be difficult at times to determine whether your symptoms are being caused by the menopause or a completely different health complaint. In this blog, I take a look at the unexpected symptoms that can occur during the menopause and what you should do if you are unsure about the origin of your health complaint.
One of the surprising facts we have discovered doing this menopause web section is that we assumed the biggest number of queries would be about hot flushes.
They are, after all, the most common, most publicized symptoms of the menopause and we figured that most women would suffer from these and want information and suggestions for treating them.
However, to our amazement the section most visited is the ‘other symptom’ section. We have realised that although many women do experience hot flushes it’s the less common ones that can cause the most upset and puzzlement.
Doing Live Chat and answering emails on a daily basis, the one thing that is becoming clear is that a huge number of women of menopausal age are also experiencing the less well-known symptoms. These symptoms can range from headaches to bloating to acne, not commonly noted as being associated with the menopause!
We were pleased to see a good article in the Daily Mail last week all about the unexpected symptoms that can herald the approach to the menopause. (Daily Mail 14/5 Good Health Section)
It seems that falling oestrogen levels can cause all sorts of unrelated symptoms, which many women will not associate with their hormones!
However, we also get those women who blame everything on the menopause when in fact it is a completely different health issue.
So what should you do, if approaching the menopause, you start to experience a range of puzzling ailments? Always go to your doctor. They can do a simple test to see where your hormone levels are and that will tell you if you are, indeed, starting the menopause. If you feel that you have not received a satisfactory answer, ask again!
We have had instances where women have assumed their symptoms were menopausal when in fact they were completely unrelated but still needed proper treatment. Don’t let your symptoms run on!
You won’t get the menopause the minute you turn 50! The average starting age is actually between 45 and 55 and it can often depend on a number of factors including hereditary, weight and health, however every single woman will have an individual menopause.