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Unusual Symptoms of Menopause

May 9th, 2016

Learn about some of the more unusual symptoms of menopause.

Most people are already aware of the more common symptoms of menopause, such as hot flashes, mood swings, weight gain, sleep problems, and vaginal dryness. Unfortunately, these symptoms—though distressing—are often just the beginning of the problems many women face at menopause.

Because so many systems in the body are dependent on hormones, the same hormonal imbalance that causes menopause will also end up disrupting many other functions in the body, causing symptoms like:

Dry Eye: Testosterone, as well as estrogen, can decline at menopause. If you are low on testosterone, the meibomian glands that help keep your eyes moist can stop working properly. More moisture will evaporate from your eyes, leaving behind irritating salts.

Hearing Loss: Many women notice a rapid decline in hearing after menopause, perhaps because estrogen plays a role in the healthy function of your cochleas, which are organs in the inner ear that convert vibrations into electrical signals your brain can read.

Dry Skin: Estrogen is very important for maintaining elasticity and moisture in skin. Many skin changes we think of as age-related are actually menopause-related.

Thinning Hair: Thinning hair is yet another consequence of declining estrogen.

Brittle Nails: Like your hair and skin, your nails need moisture. This can be more difficult to get with declining estrogen levels. Brittle nails can also signal a need to reevaluate your diet after menopause.

Burning Mouth: In some women, hormonal changes at menopause make their taste buds go haywire. This can result in foods tasting differently than they should, as well as a painful or burning sensation on the tongue, lips, or gums.

Dental Problems: Women tend experience more dental problems after menopause for two reasons. First, low estrogen can cause dry mouth which encourages tooth decay. Secondly, osteoporosis causes loss of bone density in the jaw so that teeth are more likely to become loose or even fall out.

Autoimmune Disorders: Hormonal imbalance at menopause can lead to excess inflammation in the body, which causes certain systems such as the immune system to turn on themselves. This may worsen an existing autoimmune disorder or lead to the development of a new condition.

Pelvic Prolapse: As your pelvic muscles weaken after menopause, the bladder, uterus, vagina, and/or rectum may begin to prolapse or droop downward. Weight gain at menopause can put extra pressure on the pelvic organs and hasten this process. Kegel exercises can help if started early.

Are You Suffering from Unusual Menopause Symptoms?

If any of these unusual symptoms of menopause sound familiar to you, Renew Woman™ can help. Our comprehensive menopause treatment options give us the flexibility to address your specific symptoms and safeguard your overall health at menopause.

To learn more, please contact us at 800-859-7511.

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