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Most women only know FIVE of the 62 symptoms of menopause

A common misconception among all women polled is that the menopause runs across many years.

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By Emma Elsworthy, 72Point via SWNS

Women associate menopause with just five symptoms, despite experts warning there are 62.

The UK’s biggest ever study into the menopause found women recognize hot flushes, night sweats, tiredness, sleep difficulties and irregular periods are all part of the process.

But menopause specialist Dr. Naomi Potter claims other ailments such as tinnitus, urinary infections, change in body odor, weak bones and restless legs can all be associated with this time in a woman’s life.

As can increased allergies, heart palpitations and changes in oral health.

Hygiene and health company Essity polled 5,000 women pre-menopause, in peri, or post menopause – and found even women who are at the end of their journey remain relatively clueless about what they have been through.

A series of educational packs have been developed by the brand, and Potter, to help all women better understand their changing bodies.

A common misconception among all women polled is that the menopause runs across many years.

But Potter advises this transition period is called the perimenopause – and the time when hormones fluctuate can last for years and years.

The menopause occurs 12 months after a woman’s last period.

“I hear of so many myths from women who are unsure about what their body will or is going through – many of whom are in total denial," she said.

“Women believe they can’t experience symptoms in their forties because they’re not old enough, or their symptoms aren’t menopausal – when in fact if they’re over 45, it’s likely they are.

“And women are just as baffled about help available from medical professionals, believing they can’t be treated if they’re overweight, old, have migraines, have liver disease, high blood pressure and so on.

“The reason why it is so hard to pinpoint the number of symptoms is also because not all are associated with peri or menopause – people do obviously suffer with other ailments which are totally unrelated.”

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Of those women who are going through, or have had their menopause, just 40 percent visited a GP to get help for their symptoms.

While nearly half felt ill informed about what their body was going through, and 56 percent admitted to being constantly surprised at what they were experiencing.

Just one percent of women were aware more unusual symptoms like urinary frequency or vaginal changes were part of the journey to menopause – until they endured them.

Similarly, only two percent knew they would have to put up with the likes of incontinence, skin problems or heart palpations.

And just three percent understood their feelings of dizziness, loss of confidence or loss of joy were directly linked to the change in their hormone levels.

For women who claim to be pre perimenopause, one third don’t think it happens to every female.

And four in 10 are unsure whether it can be hereditary in terms of the age it starts, or symptoms suffered.

A further two thirds have no idea whether the journey to menopause can decrease sex drive, and 74 per cent didn’t realize it could be linked with weight gain.

While nearly a fifth (18 percent) of those polled, via OnePoll, don’t believe symptoms can be treated.

A spokesman for Essity, which has launched a new online menopause community called www.Issviva.co.uk, said: “This is the UK’s biggest ever study on menopause, and the findings tell us that it’s a heavily misunderstood subject.

"And the taboo surrounding it means women aren’t accessing the information and advice that could really help them.

“There’s an opportunity to bring all of the knowledge, experience and expertise that exists together in one place and that’s our objective with Issviva.

“We want it to be a one-stop-shop for all things related to the menopause, and the community aspect of it will help reassure women that they are not alone.

“Of course, anybody experiencing symptoms should visit their GP first to ensure a correct diagnosis.”

THE 62 MENOPAUSE SYMPTOMS, ACCORDING TO DR. NAOMI POTTER:

1. Palpitations
2. Chest pain
3. Breast tenderness
4. Itchy skin
5. Dry Skin
6. Rosacea
7. Acne
8. Thin skin
9. Collagen loss
10. Crying
11. Brain Fog
12. Memory Loss
13. Poor concentration
14. Word finding difficulty
15. Anxiety
16. Low mood
17. Worsening PMS
18. Anger/ Rage /
19. Irritability
20. Headache
21. Migraines
22. Joint Pain
23. Joint stiffness
24. Vaginal Dryness
25. Vaginal discharge
26. Vulval itch
27. Perineal itch
28. Vulval/ vaginal electric shocks
29. Increase in thrush
30. Increase in BV
31. Poor libido
32. High libido
33. Weight gain
34. Scalp Hair loss
35. Unwanted Hair growth
36. Urinary Infections
37. Urinary incontinence
38. Urinary urgency
39. Nocturia (getting up at night)
40. Sexual Dysfunction
41. Chest tightness
42. Constipation
43. Gastric reflux
44. Fatigue
45. Night Sweats
46. Hot flushes
47. Cold flushes
48. Period increased frequency
49. Periods decreased frequency
50. Heavier periods
51. Muscle Loss
52. Tinnitus
53. Dry eyes
54. Watery eyes
55. Burning mouth
56. Gum disease
57. Foot pain
58. Frozen shoulder
59. Insomnia
60. Histamine sensitivity
61. New allergy
62. Body odor change

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