Six Menopause Symptoms You Might Not Expect

Health & Medical Blog

Hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness -- these are all menopause symptoms that are frequently discussed and expected by most women. However, they are far from the only symptoms of menopause. Here's a look at six other symptoms you may notice as you enter this stage of life.

Burning Tongue

Does your tongue sometimes feel warm or like you just ate a hot pepper? Known as burning tongue syndrome, this is a normal (though not overly common) symptom of menopause. If you are very uncomfortable, your dentist may be able to prescribe a rinse or gel to ease the discomfort.

Dry, Itchy Skin

The hormonal changes that occur during menopause can cause your glands to start secreting less sebum -- the oily substance that lubricates your skin. To keep yourself comfortable, try using an intensive moisturizer with omega-3 and omea-6 fatty acids. Also, run a humidifier to keep moisture levels in your home's air higher.

Bleeding Gums

Gum disease becomes more common as women approach menopause. If your gums are bleeding when you brush or floss, this is an early sign of gum disease. Improve your dental hygiene routine by brushing more thoroughly, flossing daily, and rinsing with an antiseptic mouthwash. If the symptoms don't subside on their own, see your dentist. He or she can prescribe an antibiotic gel to counteract the gum disease.


Do you simply feel tired all of the time, or do you feel like you can't walk up the stairs without wanting to take a break? Fatigue can be a symptom of many illnesses, including diabetes and congestive heart disease. Thus, it is important to see your doctor if you're experiencing this symptom. Do not be surprised, however, if your doctor tells you your fatigue is just due to menopause.

Thinning Hair

You might start noticing more hair on your brush or in the bottom of the shower. Your hair might start looking more sparse, too. Thinning hair occurs due to a decrease in estrogen during menopause. Sadly, most of those "miracle" hair growth remedies won't do a whole lot to help you grow it back. Your best bet is a topical estrogen cream from your doctor or going on hormone replacement therapy.

If these and other menopause symptoms are making it hard for you to navigate your daily life comfortably, talk to your doctor about hormone replacement therapy. Today's HRT options are safe, natural, and effective for fighting menopause symptoms.


11 March 2016