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.
You’ve got that feeling again. You know, the one when you’re just about to get your period. You’re weepy, bloated and generally feeling bobbins. Except it doesn’t come. For flippin’ ages. And then finally it does. Oh, the relief. You didn’t think you could be pregnant but you did wonder. But...hang on a minute. What’s this two weeks later? It’s here again? Oh you’ve got to be kidding me.
Irritability is a normal and common feeling. But thanks to the menopause, you may find that you get far more irritated, far more often – and, oh boy, a hell of a lot faster. Now, instead of releasing a loud sigh when someone you live with leaves a dirty mug by the dishwasher instead of in it, or eye-rolling the person taking forever at the cashpoint, you want to blow your top.
ITCHY CRAWLY SKIN
You can feel them. They’re crawling up your neck, across your thighs. And woah, hold on a minute, where do they think they’re going?! It’s so tickly and you scratch and brush them off but there’s more. Ahhhhhh! No, you’re not in the midst of a Bushtucker Trial on I’m A Celeb. You’re experiencing ‘itchy crawly skin’ – another delightful treat, courtesy of the menopause.
Do you feel like the Tin Man getting out of bed in the morning? Like everything has seized up and you need someone to come and spray some WD40 to get you moving? A lot of women don’t know it, but the creakiness that’s set in isn’t down to age – it’s likely to be a sign of the perimenopause or menopause.
LACK OF MOTIVATION
Do you feel like your get up and go has got up and gone? Your usual zest for life is lacking and you’re finding it hard to get on with anything. You just can’t be bothered. You don’t have the energy – and it can wait until tomorrow.
LOSS OF BONE DENSITY
There are no big clues to this one. Your back might be hurting, you may have spotted that your posture isn’t what it was, or perhaps you’ve noticed you’re getting shorter…or you may have a bone fracture with what could be considered a low impact injury.
LOSS OF CONCENTRATION
There you are chatting away, and you suddenly stop mid-sentence because whatever you were saying is...gone? Just read a message but couldn’t tell someone even under oath what it said? And hang on, why are you halfway up the stairs?
LOSS OF CONFIDENCE AND SELF ESTEEM
We talk to many people who feel their self-confidence has faded away, and this can have a real impact on their overall quality of life. Many of these symptoms can contribute to the loss of confidence and self-esteem in ways you may not expect.
You’re up. You’re down. You’re mad. You’re sad. You’re all over the place. It used to be easy for you and other people to follow your mood...but now you’re on an emotional rollercoaster where highs and lows are unpredictable and hard to understand. Are you depressed? Are you going mad?
Are you waking up in the night feeling stiff and sore? Or perhaps when you get out of bed in the morning you feel about 100 years old? Your muscles and joints just hurt. Everything feels strung tight and oh so tired. But you can’t sleep properly because you’re in pain. Talk about a vicious circle.
Perhaps you used to pride yourself on your long, strong talons or maybe never thought about your nails at all. But recently, there’s been a change. Now, your nails are dry and flaky, and when they get a little longer, they bend. They feel flimsy, as though they’ve suddenly thinned overnight.
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THE 4 STAGES
of the menopause
Periods stop before 45, naturally or due to surgery/chemoLEARN MORE
Periods become less like clockwork and symptoms can startLEARN MORE
Periods stop but symptoms may continueLEARN MORE
Only symptoms caused by low hormone levels remainLEARN MORE
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.