The Top 5 Menopause Symptoms: What You Need To Know

Woman experiencing menopause symptoms

If you’re reading this, you might be approaching or are already knee-deep in the wild ride known as menopause. It’s a natural part of aging, but let’s be real—menopause symptoms can be a doozy!  

Menopause brings a mixed bag of symptoms, and while some are commonly known, others can sneak up on you. Let’s dive into the top five menopause symptoms you might experience and chat about a few more that are worth mentioning. 

What are the most common menopause symptoms? 

1. Vaginal dryness: When moisture takes a holiday 

First up, vaginal dryness. Yes, it’s as uncomfortable as it sounds. During menopause, estrogen levels drop, leading to a decrease in natural lubrication. This can make sex uncomfortable and even cause day-to-day irritation,pain and a burning sensation. It’s not the most glamorous topic, but it’s super important to address. Over-the-counter personal lubricants and vaginal moisturizers—like our Mia Vita Mia Vita® Personal Lubricant & Moisturizer—can provide relief. And don’t shy away from talking to your doctor about it—trust us, they’ve heard it all before. 

2. Vasomotor symptoms: The heat is on 

Next, let’s talk vasomotor symptoms—those infamous hot flashes and night sweats. Imagine you’re minding your own business, then suddenly you feel like you’re sitting in a sauna. Hot flashes can strike at any time and night sweats can leave you drenched, disrupting your sleep. Dressing in layers and keeping a fan nearby can help manage the heat.  

woman experiencing menopause symptoms

You can also try our Mita Vita Hot Flash Relief to help manage symptoms when you feel like you’re about to melt. And remember, you’re not alone—many women experience this rollercoaster! 

3. Changes in sleep: Counting sheep just got harder 

Speaking of disrupted sleep, menopause can really mess with your shut-eye. Whether it’s insomnia, waking up frequently, or just not feeling rested, sleep changes are common. Hormonal fluctuations can play havoc with your sleep patterns, making it tough to catch those Z’s. Establishing a good bedtime routine, limiting caffeine, and keeping your bedroom cool can make a big difference.  

Certain supplements, such as Ashwagandha, L-Theanine, and Melatonin, can help promote healthy sleep. Our Mia Vita® Sleep contains all three and can help send you on your way to blissful dreamland! 

4. Joint aches and pains: Feeling every single year 

Ever feel like your joints have aged overnight? Joint aches and pains are another unwelcome guest during menopause. Lower estrogen levels can lead to inflammation and joint discomfort. Staying active with low-impact exercises like yoga or swimming can help keep those joints moving. It’s also a great excuse for a relaxing soak in a hot bath! 

woman suffering from joint ache

5. Changes in gut health: Your stomach’s new normal 

Finally, let’s talk about changes in gut health. Bloating, gas, and changes in bowel habits can all make an appearance during menopause. This happens due to hormonal changes affecting your digestive system. Eating a balanced diet rich in fiber, staying hydrated, and possibly adding a probiotic can help keep your gut happy. 

Bonus round: Other symptoms worth mentioning 

While the top five are the headliners, menopause comes with a whole ensemble cast of symptoms. Here are a few more you may experience. 

Mood changes 

Hormonal fluctuations can lead to mood swings, anxiety, and depression. It’s crucial to talk about how you’re feeling and seek support if needed. 

Bladder control 

Lower estrogen levels can affect bladder control, leading to more frequent trips to the bathroom or even incontinence. Pelvic floor exercises can help strengthen those muscles, as can probiotics like our Mia Vita® Women’s Probiotic

Body appearance 

Weight gain, changes in skin elasticity, and hair thinning are all common. Embrace the changes and focus on a healthy lifestyle. 

Irregular periods 

Before they stop completely, periods can become irregular—longer, shorter, heavier, or lighter. Keep track of your cycle and discuss any major changes with your doctor. 

Changes in sexual function 

Reduced libido and changes in sexual response can occur. Open communication with your partner and exploring new ways to connect can be beneficial. 

Forgetfulness/brain fog 

Misplacing your keys or struggling to find the right word? Cognitive changes are a real thing during menopause. Staying mentally active and getting enough sleep can help clear the fog. 

Menopause can be a challenging phase, but it’s also a time of transition and new beginnings. Understanding these symptoms and knowing you’re not alone can make a world of difference.  

Talk to your healthcare provider about any concerns, and lean on your support network—whether that’s friends, family, or a community of women going through the same thing. 

Remember, menopause is just a chapter in your story, not the whole book! Embrace the changes, take care of yourself, and keep moving forward. You’ve got this! 

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FemmePharma started as a pharmaceutical research and development company more than 20 years ago. We’ve been reinventing women’s healthcare ever since. Please consult your healthcare practitioner to decide which product best meets your needs.
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