34 menopausal symptoms

The 34 symptoms of the menopause explained

I was aware that I could be peri-menopausal because my mum started going through the menopause at 40. My symptoms kicked in in earnest in my early 40’s, and I knew I wasn’t ‘myself’ – terrible night sweats, hot flushes during the day, mood swings and irritability were all signs. Since then, I’ve discovered a whole lot more about the symptoms of the menopause – there are 34 in total – and I wanted to share them all with you guys.

I sat down with Dr Tina Peers, a menopause specialists, to discuss in detail all the different symptoms that could be part of the menopause. I hope this helps you and you find your way back to your best self.

Andrea x

In part one of our video on menopause symptoms, I talk to Dr Tina Peers about hot flushes, night sweats, anxiety and generally not feeling yourself.

In this episode, I chat to Dr Tina Peers about sex, looking after your lady bits and feeling down.

In the final part of our video, I talk to Dr Tina Peers about having a hysterectomy and the pros and cons of HRT.

For more information about the menopause, here’s a list of sites that might prove useful:

The British Menopause Society

The Women’s Health Concern

NICE: Guidelines on diagnosis and management

Meg’s Menopause

Menopause and Me

15 Responses

  1. Hi Andrea
    One question…. I’m post menopause… about 2 years… have managed thru with exercise diet and supplements… but still have some of the symptoms you talk about in the videos… what I would like to know is once my Oestrogen levels have reach their low/ bottomed out will these symptoms slowly regress completely or is the only way to take hrt?! Struggling with the concept of having to learn to live with tiredness/ broken sleep/ stiff joints! Thank you x

    1. Unfortunately the menopausal symptoms last for an average of 12 years.

      For some women they never stop.

      Its not too late for this lady to try HRT

      Dr Tina Peers

  2. Hello! Thanks for the wonderfully informative interview. You mention that you would put all the website links discussed, on this website. I couldn’t find them.

  3. Thank you Andrea for sharing these videos I have just finished watching them and feel so much more positive now about “the menopause”. It helps to know that I am not alone. ??

  4. I have most of these symptoms. I’ve also suffered with clinical depression for 18 years. I started HRT a month ago and, whilst my chronic itching has improved massively, my libido hasn’t and I seem to be getting up in the night at least once to go to the loo. Thought HRT was meant to stop that. I don’t sleep well and am constantly tired. It is so annoying and frustrating. I just want to feel ‘normal’ again.

    1. Hi Suzanne, there are different types of HRT and maybe the one you are on isn’t working as well as another one might. Just speak with your doctor and see what they suggest x

    1. Hi Lindsy, we think you should speak with someone professional who knows and understand your medical history, they would the be able to guide you as to what else you can take. Good luck x

  5. hello Andrea i think i going though menopause i got most of it what u came out with and i been on my period 6 weeks now i dont no what to do

    1. Hi Julie, just go and get some professional medical advise, I’m sure they will be able to guide you through this.

      Good luck

  6. Hi Andrea.
    I’m 42 and coming up 6 years post hysterectomy with ovaries retained. I’ve been getting almost all of the symptoms in past year and 2 months ago a male GP at my practice put me on HRT trail pending FSH levels. I felt better almost immediately though was starting to feel 1mg not enough. Then last week one of the female GPs called me and told me to stop the HRT as FSH level was at 3. So I did and I feel even worse than before now! I already have some health issues such as Fibromyalgia and Degenerative disc Disease so can’t afford to be feeling any worse than normal. I’m so confused…can anyone shed light on symptoms vrs pathology diagnosis?

    1. That is terrible Amy and I think you need to go back to your first doctor and tell them how you feel. Tell them how you felt on the HRT and how you are now.

      Sometimes you just have to be a bit pushy, I’m sure the first doctor will help.

      Good luck x

  7. Dr Tina Peers is amazing. I think I had every symptom! I share this link with every woman I meet, any age, and say… just watch the videos and listen. x

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