Menopause expert says there are 62 symptoms to look out for

There’s more signs than you think (Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

We all know the common signs of menopause, such as hot flushes and sleep difficulties.

But there are plenty more, say experts – some of which can be pretty unexpected.

Menopause specialist Dr Naomi Potter says other ailments such as tinnitus, urinary infections, change in body odour, weak bones and restless legs can all be associated with this life-changing stage.

Other signs can be increased allergies, heart palpitations and changes in oral health. 

It’s no wonder this period is rife with low mood and poor wellbeing, given all the difficult bodily changes that can occur.

Hygiene and health company Essity polled 5,000 women pre-menopause, in peri, or post menopause, and found that even those at the end of the menopause were ‘relatively clueless’ about what they have been through. 

The menopause occurs 12 months after a woman’s last period, but there’s also the perimenopause and post-stage to consider, too.

Naomi said: ‘I hear of so many myths from women who are unsure about what their body will or is going through – many of whom are in total denial.

‘Women believe they can’t experience symptoms in their forties because they’re not old enough, or their symptoms aren’t menopausal – when in fact if they’re over 45, it’s likely they are. 

‘And women are just as baffled about help available from medical professionals, believing they can’t be treated if they’re overweight, old, have migraines, have liver disease, high blood pressure and so on. 

‘The reason why it is so hard to pinpoint the number of symptoms is also because not all are associated with peri or menopause – people do obviously suffer with other ailments which are totally unrelated.’

Of those polled, just 40% visited a GP to get help for their symptoms. 

More than half said they were being constantly surprised at what they were experiencing. 

Just 1% of women were aware of more unusual symptoms – like urinary frequency or vaginal changes – but these can be part of the experience, too.

These are the things to look out for.



62 signs of the menopause:

  1. Palpitations 
  2. Chest pain 
  3. Breast tenderness 
  4. Itchy skin 
  5. Dry skin 
  6. Rosacea 
  7. Acne 
  8. Thin skin 
  9. Collagen loss 
  10. Crying 
  11. Brain fog 
  12. Memory loss 
  13. Poor concentration 
  14. Word finding difficulty 
  15. Anxiety 
  16. Low mood 
  17. Worsening PMS 
  18. Anger/rage
  19. Irritability 
  20. Headache 
  21. Migraines 
  22. Joint pain 
  23. Joint stiffness 
  24. Vaginal dryness 
  25. Vaginal discharge 
  26. Vulval itch 
  27. Perineal itch 
  28. Vulval/vaginal electric shocks 
  29. Increase in thrush 
  30. Increase in BV 
  31. Poor libido 
  32. High libido 
  33. Weight gain 
  34. Scalp hair loss 
  35. Unwanted hair growth 
  36. Urinary infections 
  37. Urinary incontinence 
  38. Urinary urgency 
  39. Nocturia (getting up at night) 
  40. Sexual dysfunction 
  41. Chest pain 
  42. Constipation 
  43. Gastric reflux 
  44. Fatigue 
  45. Night sweats 
  46. Hot flushes 
  47. Cold flushes 
  48. Period increased frequency 
  49. Periods decreased frequency 
  50. Heavier periods 
  51. Muscle loss 
  52. Tinnitus 
  53. Dry eyes 
  54. Watery eyes 
  55. Burning mouth 
  56. Gum disease 
  57. Foot pain 
  58. Frozen shoulder 
  59. Insomnia 
  60. Histamine sensitivity 
  61. New allergy 
  62. Body odour change 

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