WHAT HAPPENS NOW?
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?
Feel like you’ve been hit by a freight train? Like you’re going on 500-years-old rather than 50? Fatigue is a common symptom of perimenopause and menopause.
HEADACHES & MIGRAINES
You may have always been prone to a headache or two around your time of the month. But recently, they’ve got worse. You feel a bit woozy and sick and one side of your head is pounding.
You never know when one is going to hit you. One minute you’re completely fine, the next you’re drenched, uncomfortable and looking more like Alice Cooper than the polished professional you were moments before.
There are many songs that wax lyrical about your heart skipping a beat when you’re a giddy kipper in love… But what if you aren’t feeling at all romantic and your heart is missing some beats or randomly chucking in a few extra.
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.
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?!
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?
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.
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.
NAUSEA & DIGESTIVE PROBLEMS
Normally you’d get up, enjoy some breakfast and crack on with your busy schedule. But these days, the mere thought of food repels you. You’re more likely to be found hugging the toilet bowl.
If you’re feeling more soggy than sexy in the bedroom these days, you’re probably getting night sweats. Flipping the duvet on and off throughout the night, waking up soaked and clammy in a cool room.