When you start reading menopause website you will find an endless list of symptoms. From your joints to your hair every possible human symptom will be listed. This can be very confusing and in clinical practice I have shortened the list to four main symptoms.
These are the the symptoms that do affect your everyday quality of life and that is why I simplified the list.
If you score at least three of them and are in the
right age group (over 45) then your diagnosis is made. As I explained before don’t worry about your hormonal blood tests results as they will be often be normal.
The symptoms are:
-hot flashes and night sweats
-trouble in sleeping (very often caused by the night sweats but not only)
-mood changes including anxiety and irritability
-tiredness (again very often caused by not sleeping well)
You can decide to put up with all of this baring in mind it could continue for 10 years or to get some help. The choice is yours.