Menopause Notes

Menopause Symptoms that aren’t always talked about

MenoLabs News | Fri, Jul 02, 2021

We hear about hot flashes and mood swings during menopause nonstop. But, what about those other symptoms that people don’t share?  Women are often misdiagnosed with symptoms that might look like other medical conditions.  We are here to help you present your doctor with your symptoms by using our app and referring to this blog that digs into some of the unknown symptoms that could affect you during peri/menopause.

What are the other symptoms?

Did you know that there are at least 40 recorded symptoms for peri/menopause and that they can affect every woman differently?! There is no way to pinpoint how long a woman might be affected by a combination of symptoms during her peri/menopause cycle. But, here are a few that people don’t talk about a lot:

  • Dizziness
  • Anxiety
  • Incontinence

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A Closer Look into the Symptoms

1.  Are you having a “Dizzy Spell”?

This symptom reminds me of the many women in the black and white films that always felt faint. I don’t remember those women being in the peri/menopause age group...but, I think it’s interesting that it used to be prevalent in films and you don’t see it as much now.   

What is happening:

 

- Occurs when the brain gets neural messages mixed up

-This happens more frequently when we are tired or hormonal, as our baseline neural messages are strained.

- May refer to a sense of spatial disorientation or lightheadedness.  

- Studies have shown that dizziness can be associated with anxiety.

How to treat the symptom:

-Slow down.  It’s difficult to stop everything in life.  But, figure out how to alter your schedule to give yourself a break midday and make sure to get your 8 hours of sleep.

-Sometimes with this symptom people don’t receive treatment so it’s really necessary to take the time and check in with yourself to see what helps.

- Ask your doctor to check you for a vitamin or mineral deficiency. Many times in peri/menopuase, our symptoms can be exacerbated by certain nutritional needs. Vitamin D3, B vitamins, and iron deficiencies can all make dizziness worse.

2.  Why is everything going wrong? Anxiety, maybe? 

Did you know, women going through peri/menopause have shared that perimenopause anxiety was harder for them than hot flashes?  Then why aren’t we talking about this more?  I have a friend who has been having a roller coaster of emotions since entering perimenopause and has decided to meet with a psychologist. There is no problem with that choice.  But, 1 in 5 doctors are not being taught about menopause!  Which means these women may be misdiagnosed with having depression, rather than getting to the heart of the issues, hormones.  

What does perimenopause anxiety look like?:

-Fearfulness

-Full-Blown Panic Attacks

-Loss of Confidence

-Lack of Sleep

-Poor Concentration

-Brain Fog 

How to treat the symptom:

-Talk Therapy

-Mindfulness 

-And, if a doctor prescribes it, medications. 

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3.  Oh no! I need to go! Incontinence 

Have you had kids? Do you run or jump a lot in your workout routine? Then you might      be experiencing incontinence. Something people don’t really talk about...maybe because they are embarrassed. We want to let you know you’re not alone and there are options that can help. 

What is incontinence?:

It is the difficulty of holding urine in your bladder.  

Interesting Fact:

 

There are multiple type of incontinence:

  • Stress Incontinence: With this incontinence it’s difficult to hold your bladder during physical activity.  It is triggered with activities like:  coughing, sneezing, laughing, running and jumping. 
  • Urge incontinence: Happens when a person feels the need to pee and then their bladder contracts pushing urine out before they can get to the bathroom.  Urge Incontinence is from an overactive bladder.
How to treat incontinence:

 

-Wearing absorbent pads.

-Maintain a healthy weight.

-Avoid caffeinated or alcoholic beverages. They can make you need to use the restroom  more often.

-Pelvic Floor Therapy: a massage for the rectum and vagina to improve the strength and function of the pelvic floor. 

-Surgery: There are surgical procedures that can help with incontinence. One is called sling surgery.


The takeaway:

 

No matter how you are feeling, take note of it for at least a month. Take in your notes, or your health tracker information from our app, to your doctor and figure out the best options to help you out.  

Which symptoms are you experiencing?  Got any advice on how you deal with them?

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