GenM is making people think about the menopause as never before.
Our ground-breaking definition of the 48 symptoms associated with every stage of the menopause lies at the heart of this success. These 48 symptoms can be experienced throughout the menopause - whether that’s perimenopause, menopause or post menopause. So discover more about the different stages of the menopause and get to know the 48 symptoms. Because the more informed you are, the more impactful the changes you can make to leave us all better prepared.
This just isn’t fair. You thought you left spots behind in your teens… Now you’re a grown woman and you’re in breakout hell. What are you meant to do? Mix blemish treatments with your anti-wrinkle cream?
Been struck by lightning recently? No. Rubbed a balloon on your head? Nope. Rocked on down to Electric Avenue? Definitely not. Or could those strange little shocks you keep feeling be the menopause at play?
Do you feel tense and jittery…like you’re plugged into an electrical socket? You wake up feeling this way and carry nervous tension around with you all day. Things you would normally just brush off wriggle away in your mind. You wish you could just stop fretting and feel normal again.
A sudden sneeze sneaks up on you and oh great… you’ve weed yourself a bit. Same goes for a spontaneous laugh, when you lift anything heavy or try to jump up and down (no trampolining for you today my love). And my word, when you need to go, you need to go NOW.
You’ve eaten lunch and BAM! Your belly’s puffed up and it’s really, really uncomfortable. You know you need to unbutton your trousers... but Angela from Accounts is sitting right next to you.
You catch an unpleasant smell as you stand up to go make a drink. Hold on, is that you or someone else? You are a bit sweaty under your arms and down there... Wasn’t BO supposed to do one after our teens? Why’s it decided to come back with a vengeance now?
You used to pride yourself on your memory – but too often these days you forget what you only remembered five minutes ago. And why did you come into the kitchen? Thoughts can escape you mid-sentence. New information just won’t sink in. It’s like trying to think through a fog. And it’s bloody frustrating.
Short of breath? Could it be asthma? Or maybe it’s just another cold? Whatever it is, you seem to be wheezing all over the place. Even walking up the stairs at home has become a struggle.
BURNING MOUTH SYNDROME
Feel like someone’s shoved a ghost chilli into your chops while you weren’t looking? Or like you drank your tea too soon, only you’re not actually drinking tea? And, hold on, why all of a sudden does it taste like you licked a rusty iron fence?
CHANGES IN BREAST SIZE
You might have been longing for bigger boobs your whole life or were perfectly happy with the size of your bust… Either way, it can be disconcerting and uncomfortable when your cups start spilling over and you’re nowhere near puberty.
CHANGES IN SEX DRIVE
For some women, the menopause is an incredibly liberating time when it comes to sex – for a start, we don’t have to worry about unplanned pregnancy anymore.* But for many, this wonderful freedom we hoped for doesn’t come. In fact, you might feel like your sex drive has got up and left the building, never to be seen again.
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General top tips
Check out our great tips on coping with the menopause to give yourself an easier ride…
Drink at least two litres of water every day to help ward off changes to your skin, hair and nails, keep your organs in check and your brain firing on all cylinders.
Whether it’s a brisk walk or full-blown workout, lifting your heart-rate will release endorphins – your brain’s own pick-me-up for both mental and physical symptoms.
Eat the rainbow
Up the amount of veg, protein, calcium and magnesium in your diet to give your body the good stuff it needs to deal with the changes it's going through.
Get a better night’s sleep
Getting six to eight hours sleep a night is the secret of a better day with less intense symptoms. Avoid screens and stimulants like caffeine before bed.
Seek out supplements
Finding the right supplements for you can work wonders – from Omega-3s to fire up your brain through to sage extract to keep hot flushes at bay.
It’s well worth investigating whether or not you can take it. Track your symptoms on paper or via an app and show your doctor to find the right type and dose for you.