Hot flashes, sleepless nights, and topsy-turvy emotions are well-known signs that you’re approaching menopause. In actuality, there are dozens of primary menopause symptoms, and while every woman may not experience each one, they can leave you with a whole lot of questions. Menopause is manageable, and knowing what’s happening to your body is an important tool in feeling more control while you experience changes. If you’re curious about the symptoms you’re currently observing, take this quiz to learn about what phase of menopause you’re experiencing. Keep scrolling to learn about the wide range of possible signs you’ll encounter as you approach the big change.
The 34 Signs of Menopause
1. Hot Flashes
Regarded as one of the most common menopausal symptoms, hot flashes (also known as hot flushes in some parts of the globe) affect 75% of folks experiencing the shift. Tell-tale signs of a hot flash include visible redness on the chest, neck, and face. You may feel overheated or sweaty as well. The Kindra Core Dietary Supplement helps to tackle this symptom of menopause with superantioxident Pycnogenol, which promotes balanced blood flow.
2. Night Sweats
Night sweats are hot flashes that occur at night—usually, while you’re sleeping—and accompany the menopause transition. They affect about 75% of menopausal women and can jolt you awake or leave you feeling flustered and dehydrated when you wake up. The regulating botanical blend in the Core Sleep Supplement is designed to help you weather these hot nights and lackluster mornings with Pycnogenol for circulation, Ashwagandha for stress reduction, and melatonin to help you doze off.
3. Irregular Periods
Changes in your period are usually the first sign that the menopause transition is happening. You may begin to feel your regular symptoms of PMS—fatigue, bloating, mood swings—minus the bleeding. The Core Dietary Supplement is an MVP when it comes to tackling hot flashes, mood swings, fatigue, and brain fog, but if you’re needing an extra dose of support, try the Energy Boosting Dietary Supplement to specifically target those common issues.
4. Mood Swings
This combination of emotional highs and lows may feel like a more extreme version of your menstrual cycle mood swings. Affecting 27% of those experiencing menopause, it is a common signal of your evolution, however frustrating it might be. To manage shifts in mood, try the Core Dietary Supplement for its hefty dose of ashwagandha, a botanical super ingredient that has proven to help with anxiety, stress, and mood disturbances.
5. Vaginal Dryness
Dryness down there is a result of decreased levels of estrogen (also known as oestrogen), which rules your natural lubrication. Often beginning in perimenopause, vaginal dryness tends to become more prominent post-menopause, with 58% of post-menopausal women experiencing it. Such dryness may lead to painful sex, itching, and overall discomfort. But there is an antidote: Kindra’s Daily Vaginal Lotion is an estrogen-free, pH-balanced, gynaecologically-tested formula full of nourishing botanical ingredients to soothe and nurture your most intimate area.
6. Decreased Libido
Decreased estrogen levels can also lead to decreased libido. Nourishing your body through this change and ensuring you have the support for your menopause signals won’t fix everything, but it can certainly make sex pleasurable for those times you are craving it. Take steps to remedy vaginal dryness, and you just might see your appetite for activity increase.
Were you prone to headaches or migraines during your period? If so, you may be more likely to experience them during perimenopause and menopause—and you’re not alone. Up to 29% of women experiencing menopause also experience migraines. Those pesky pangs can sometimes be offset by over-the-counter pain relievers but in some cases can significantly affect your daily activities and require a visit to your primary care doctor for further support.
8. Breast Soreness
Tender breasts are a signal of hormonal changes and usually arise during your period, pregnancy, perimenopause, and menopause. Simply put: There’s no need for alarm here. It’s just another sign of the times.
9. Burning Mouth
This may be one of those symptoms that leave you scratching your head, but menopause can lead to less saliva in the mouth, thus resulting in ‘burning mouth syndrome.’ This feels like a burning sensation throughout your lips, tongue, the inside of your cheeks, throat, and the roof of your mouth.
10. Joint Pain
Take a deep breath: This doesn’t necessarily mean you have arthritis. Achey sensations, stiffness, and even swelling are all common signs of menopausal joint pain. Try stacking your plate with anti-inflammatory foods like nuts, fatty fish, and blueberries to help find relief. And while you’re at it, try your best to avoid inflammatory foods like wine, salt, and cured meats.
11. Digestive Problems
Stomach bloating, indigestion, constipation, diarrhea, cramps, oh my! Changes in hormone levels can disrupt the digestive system—one of the most sensitive systems in the body.
12. Electric Shocks
Fluctuating estrogen levels can cause some stress to the cardiovascular and nervous systems, resulting in uncomfortable jolts. This may not be extremely common, but it does happen. As always, if the sensation persists, contact your primary care doctor.
13. Muscle Tension
Is muscle strain irritating your body? This sensation is tied to the stress and anxiety that can present with the mood swings of menopause. It usually feels like tightness in the muscles. Try taking an Epsom salt bath to ease the strain, or turn to stress-busting supplements like Kindra’s Core capsules, which tackle anxiety and tension with the power of natural adaptogens Ashwagandha.
14. Gum Problems
If you’re having a metallic taste in your mouth, you’re likely experiencing some issues with your gums—an issue that affects 10 to 40% of menopausal people. Don’t hesitate to contact your dentist or primary care doctor for more support on this symptom.
15. Tingling Extremities
Rare but certainly worthy of mention is the sensation of tingling throughout your hands, feet, arms, and legs. The amount of estrogen your body produces has a direct impact on your nervous system, so this symptom could be traced back to hormonal changes. Still, if you’re concerned about the feelings you’re experiencing, don’t be afraid to ask a medical professional for their opinion.
16. Itchy Skin
Decreased levels of estrogen can lead to decreased collagen levels. Collagen is a major key to keeping skin feeling comfortable, soft, and plump. With less collagen comes more dryness and irritation all over the body. Invest in a quality moisturizer for the skin on your legs, arms, and face, and be sure to try Kindra’s Daily Vaginal Lotion for extra comfort below the belt.
You’re tired. Who can blame you? After all, your body is managing the appearance of many new and different symptoms. This Energy-Boosting Dietary Supplement is the perfect answer to your menopause-induced fatigue, with as much caffeine as a cup of tea and a blend of natural ingredients that reduces cortisol levels and improves focus.
It’s not unusual for anxiety to accompany those aforementioned mood swings. Ashwagandha, a main ingredient in Kindra’s Core Dietary Supplement, is clinically proven to help ease bouts of anxiety. And when combined with the Core’s other main ingredient, Pyncogenol, studies have shown that 70% of women saw an improvement in their perceived sense of stress after 12 weeks of use.
19. Disrupted Sleep
As your body’s hormone levels change at a rapid rate, disruptions in sleep (and hard-to-handle hot flashes) can be all too common. Our Sleep-Enhancing Dietary Supplement tackles menopause-induced insomnia and sleep disorder symptoms with a blend of Ashwagandha, Pycnogenol, and low-dose Melatonin.
20. Hair Loss
The thinning of hair happens later in life to women than the average age menopause begins, but menopause sometimes accelerates this shift. Still, there are steps you can take to pause or reverse hair loss. Explore your options and look for hair products that make you look and feel your best.
21. Memory Lapses
Temporary lapses in cognitive function, also described as brain fog, are common during menopause and usually nothing to be concerned about—however frustrating they may be. The Core Dietary Supplement is specifically formulated to ease some of that haziness in the mind.
22. Difficulty Concentrating
Lowered levels of estrogen can cause difficulty concentrating. Kindra’s Energy Boosting Dietary Supplement can be a real hero in easing some of these brain woes and improving your focus at work, home, and play.
23. Weight Gain
Hormonal shifts are a common culprit when it comes to weight gain and shifts in body mass during menopause. Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, especially when coupled with regular exercise, can help offset this symptom and keep you at a healthy BMI.
24. Dizzy Spells
Estrogen is at it again, this time causing occasional dizzy spells. This may be due to the involvement of hormone levels in regulating blood sugar.
Bloating might be one of the first signs you notice during menopause. If you’re still having periods but are feeling bloated throughout your entire cycle, that can signal that menopause is on its way. Tackle pesky PMS-esque symptoms with the multi-tasking miracle Core Dietary Supplement.
26. Stress Incontinence
This is a tough one, especially if you’ve already experienced incontinence due to childbirth. The jury is still out on this one in the medical community, but most doctors speculate that this symptom is typically related to age rather than menopause. The silver lining? Menopause usually doesn’t make it any worse.
27. Brittle Nails
Dehydration and decreased estrogen levels can lead to dry, brittle nails that break more easily. Make sure you’re drinking plenty of water to offset these issues.
Hormones and your immune system are closely linked. Maybe you never sneezed when walking through the park before, but now your allergies are in overdrive. Dusty corners that never irritated you in the past may be more triggering than ever. Fear not: This is just a side effect of your changing hormones communicating with your immune system. This too shall pass.
29. Irregular Heartbeat
Surprise, surprise: Decreased estrogen levels are to blame once again, in this case by overstimulating the nervous and circulatory systems. The result is an irregular heartbeat or heart palpitations. Be sure to communicate this issue to your healthcare provider if it persists.
30. Body Odor
Shifts in your hormones can lead to more sweat, frequent hot flashes, and a change in your natural scent. Try leveling out your body temperature with the Core Dietary Supplement—you might find that it helps with the sweat and B.O., too.
Remember those PMS symptoms that might recur during menopause? The same déjà vu can happen with irritability. Fluctuating hormones can lead to frustration and moodiness. Try our Core Dietary Supplement for support. Take steps to eliminate stressors during your day to give yourself an extra break, and consider integrating a mindfulness practice, like yoga, to help you cope with your changing feelings.
Fluctuations in hormone levels can increase depressed feelings, but if you’re noticing that this extends beyond your mood swings, it’s probably time to speak to a trained mental health professional.
33. Panic Attacks
Panic attacks can happen when experiencing intense anxiety, and may be a sign of panic disorder. Our Core Dietary Supplement can help ease mild occurrences of this symptom, but if you’re experiencing this symptom, be sure to to reach out to a trained mental health professional and keep an eye on your blood pressure.
Risk of osteoporosis shoots up during menopause: After all, bone density drops by about 20% in postmenopausal women. Offset this symptom with calcium vitamins and a balanced healthy diet.
These 34 symptoms can feel overwhelming, but rest assured that women typically don’t experience every single symptom simultaneously. Throughout perimenopause and menopause, you’ll hear about plenty of solutions—including HRT, or hormone replacement therapy. While hormone therapy can help, it isn’t an option for everyone. Take a peek at our offerings to see how you can support your menopausal journey naturally. And remember, one of the best ways to ease into this next phase of your evolution is to cultivate community. Join Kindra’s Facebook group to connect with like-minded women who are also easing into their evolution. Plus, Kindra has a special offer for LA Weekly readers. Use promo code LAWEEKLY for 15% off your first order or subscription.