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The Pain in Menopause

There are 34 different symptoms of menopause. Some physical. Some physiological. Some psychological. All frustrating and debilitating. To better understand how these symptoms affect you, here is a categorical breakdown:

  1. Vascular Instability – this is enemy #1 on most women’s lists. The hormonal imbalances caused by menopause create vascular instability, meaning your body struggles to regulate its own internal temperature. The most common symptoms associated with vascular instability are hot flashes and night sweats.
  2. Urogenital Atrophy – most commonly associated with vaginal dryness, urogenital atrophy can lead to bleeding, itchiness and incontinence.
  3. Skeletal Pain – many women suffering from menopause claim to have back or joint problems, and it’s widely recognized that menopause can lead to osteoporosis.
  4. Soft Tissue Issues – dry, itchy skin is no fun. And unfortunately, it’s a symptom of menopause.
  5. Psychological Damage – arguably the worst side effect of menopause is the depression, mental fatigue, memory loss, insomnia, etc. that can debilitate one’s personal and professional life.
  6. Sexual Stagnation – In addition to vaginal dryness, menopause has been known to cause loss of libido and issues reaching orgasm.

It’s worth reiterating that while there are 34 recognized symptoms of menopause, not every woman reacts to aging the same way. Some may experience more symptoms than others and some more severely than others. It usually comes down to your personal habits and heritage. Below is the full list of menopausal symptoms.

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Irregular periods
  • Loss of libido
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Sleep disorders
  • Hair loss
  • Weight gain
  • Changes in odor
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Mood swings
  • Panic disorder
  • Headaches
  • Osteoporosis
  • Breast pain
  • Joint pain
  • Electric shocks
  • urning mouth
  • Muscle tension
  • Dizziness
  • Incontinence
  • Bloating
  • Allergies
  • Brittle nails
  • Memory lapses
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Gum problems
  • Digestive problems
  • Itchy skin
  • Paresthesis


Help us help the world. Millions of women out there are suffering from menopause, and so are their families. The more information we share, the more we can help one another.