Menopause is a natural biological process that marks the completion of a woman’s reproductive years. While there are common symptoms associated with menopause, such as hot flashes, night sweats, and mood swings, there are also some uncommon symptoms that can occur. It’s important to note that not all women will experience these uncommon symptoms, and their severity and duration can vary. Here are a few examples:
- Joint and muscle pain: Some women may experience increased joint and muscle aches during menopause. This can include stiffness, aching, and general discomfort. The exact cause of these symptoms is not fully understood, but hormonal changes and decreased oestrogen levels may play a role. These hormonal changes may in extreme cases lead to arthritis.
- Electric shock sensations: Some women may experience brief, sharp electric shock-like sensations in their body. These can be unpredictable and may occur in different parts of the body, such as the arms, legs, or torso. While the exact cause is unknown, hormonal changes and nerve sensitivity could be contributing factors.
- Tingling or numbness: Menopause can sometimes cause tingling or numbness in the extremities, such as the hands, fingers, feet, or toes. This sensation is often described as “pins and needles” or a feeling of “falling asleep.” Oestrogen fluctuations and changes in blood circulation may be involved in these symptoms.
- Digestive problems: Menopause can bring about changes in the digestive system for some women. Symptoms like bloating, gas, indigestion, and changes in bowel movements (diarrhea or constipation) can occur. Hormonal fluctuations and decreased oestrogen levels might influence the digestive tract, leading to these symptoms.
- Headaches: Some women may experience an increase in headaches or migraines during menopause. Hormonal changes, particularly a decrease in oestrogen levels, can trigger these headaches. The frequency and intensity of headaches can vary from person to person.
- Memory problems and difficulty concentrating: Menopausal women may occasionally experience memory lapses, difficulty concentrating, or “brain fog.” While the exact cause is not fully understood, hormonal changes, sleep disturbances, and stress associated with menopause may contribute to these cognitive symptoms.
It’s important to consult with a healthcare professional if you experience any unusual or concerning symptoms during menopause. They can help determine the underlying cause and provide appropriate guidance and treatment options.
Also, the emotional changes that come with all these hormonal and physical alterations of the body have not been adequately studies or understood. It can be a scary time and it is important to give yourself time to process and accept these changes to the extent that you can. Although it is a normal part of female biology, like most others, this does not make it any easier.
Women may suffer from a feeling of loss of identity and even worse of purpose. You are still incredible and wonderful women! Do seek help and advice if you need to. At Hera Family Care we are here for you!