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Menopause Symptoms: What Is “Normal”

Posted by Blooms The Chemist on 11 Jun 2020

Menopause Symptoms: What Is “Normal”


When women go through menopause, often what they experience feels different than they imagined. They might be more uncomfortable, they might be more or less emotional, and they might even feel antisocial.

Ultimately, you might be asking yourself: is what I am feeling normal?

In this article, we will give you an overview of menopause symptoms that are considered normal. Keep in mind that “normal” is not the same as “usual”. A symptom can be normal, meaning it is within the physiological possibilities given the changes that are happening in your body, but still be unusual. For example, dry mouth is a symptom still considered normal, even if most women do not experience it.

It is important to seek the advice of a GP or qualified medical specialist like your pharmacist, to deal with symptoms and conditions related to menopause.

Here are some of the menopause symptoms considered normal as described by the Australian Menopause Society[1]:

  • Change in menstrual periods (early on)
  • Cessation of menstruation
  • Hot flushes (also called hot flashes)
  • Night sweats
  • Problems sleeping
  • Pain in joints
  • Tiredness
  • Anxiety
  • Mood Changes
  • Dry vagina
  • Overactive bladder and bladder discomfort

Some unusual but still normal symptoms include[2]:

  • Dry mouth or burning mouth
  • Hair loss[3]
  • Immune dysfunction
  • Breast tenderness
  • Loss of breast fullness
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Weight gain
  • Itching

As you read through these expected symptoms, keep in mind, that people experience symptoms differently. How your mother describes how she experienced hot flushes, for example, might differ significantly from how you feel them.

If you have any concerns about what you are feeling or if you want help to manage your menopausal symptoms, talk to your trusted healthcare professional.

Written by Sasha A.

With a B.A. in Anthropology and a Master of Science, Sasha shares her knowledge in articles about food, nutrition, health, and fitness.

References

[1] Menopause. Menopause what are the symptoms? 2020

[2] Orenstein B W. Menopause Symptoms That May Surprise You. 2017-12-20

[3] Sheppard L. 5 Things Nobody Ever Tells You About Menopause. 2020-01-13

All articles are provided as general information and are not intended, nor may it be construed, as medical advice or instruction. Information and opinions expressed are believed to be correct and accurate to the best knowledge and judgement of the authors. Readers should consult their appropriately qualified health care professional prior to taking any action or inaction.