Menopause: We Don’t Know What We Don’t Know

May 27, 2024

There are over thirty symptoms of menopause.

I had no idea.

While some women don’t experience symptoms acutely, many women do. Talking about menopause makes many people uncomfortable, but 100% of women will go through it in their lifetime.

Going through perimenopause, menopause and post-menopause has been personally challenging and dark at times. Looking back now, what I thought was stress, was also symptoms of a huge hormonal shift happening over years, which all women will experience one way or another.

I didn’t know what I didn’t know. By the time I figured out what was going on, I was struggling. Hard.

Woman at sunset

One brief mention of menopause by my doctor was causal and fleeting at best. As a woman in post-menopause, I had to educate and advocate for myself with health professionals. Fortunately, with the support of a team I have come through to the other side and I feel much healthier, happier and wiser.

Perimenopause, menopause and post menopause can impact mental health and healthy functioning and need to be taken seriously.

You may have experienced symptoms without connecting them to perimenopause or menopause. Symptoms can include but are not limited to:

  • Sleep disturbances
  • Night sweats/Hot flashes
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Decreased libido
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Burning tongue (yes, it’s a thing!)
  • Thinning hair
  • Facial hair growth
  • Joint pain
  • Acne
  • Brain fog
  • Suicidality

You do not have to put up with these symptoms, and they can continue into your 60s. It is important to educate yourself and find medical and counselling support if you are struggling. Read on to find out more about how menopause impacts women. I hope this information helps…

Laing, S. (2024, March 31). “it shut all the joy down.” menopause can take a serious toll on mental health but many women don’t see it coming. Toronto Star.

Gunter, Dr. J. (2021). The Menopause Manifesto: Own your health with facts and feminism. Citadel Press/Kensington Publishing Corp.

Things can get better. Talking helps.

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