Would you like to know what the most common menopausal signs and symptoms are?
There are so many different signs and symptoms of the menopausal transition, Andrea Donskey from Morphus has so far counted 84 of them, and her list is still growing!!
When I think of the menopausal transition the first health complaint that springs to mind are hot flushes. But in a recent cohort study by Evernow, which included over 100,000 women they put this symptom at number 5, they found that 70% of women in their study struggled with this symptom.
In number 4 they found that 75.7% of the women in their study experienced brain fog. It doesn’t surprise me at all that this one came in the top 5.
At number 3 was weight changes with 78.1% of women experiencing this symptom.
With 78.6% of women experiencing sleep disruptions, this came in at number 2.
The most common symptom of the menopausal transition as found in Evernow’s 100,000 women cohort study was fatigue and low energy. 81.5% of women in the cohort study struggled with fatigue.
(In case you were wondering number 10 was vaginal dryness, number 9 was mood swings, number 8 was anxiety and or depression, number 7 was joint or muscle discomfort, and number 6 was night sweats.)
Fatigue is such a generic symptom. It is very multifactorial and women can have very different underlying triggers for their lack of energy.
When fatigue strikes it's time to consider the role of phospholipids. These make up your cellular membrane. If you don’t have a healthy membrane you can’t have a healthy cell. It’s within your cell that you will find your mitochondria. Mitochondrial dysfunction is a huge cause of fatigue. Think of your mitochondria as your battery within your cells. If they are out of charge so are you.
Nutrient deficiencies are extremely common these days. A few key nutrients for fatigue include your electrolytes, Vitamin B12, Vitamin D, and iron (please make sure you check ferritin when you check iron). In some cases like iron, both high levels and low levels can contribute to fatigue.
While you are testing please also consider these ones.
Here are a few other considerations
Another finding they discovered was that the transition may actually be closer to a 20-year journey and not a 10-year one as previously thought. So please do not put your head in the sand and try to wait it out if you are suffering. Consider booking a consultation today.