Daily Struggles Only Menopausal Women Will Understand

By Anna Collins 7 months ago

1. Feeling completely fatigued

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As a menopausal woman, you'll understand tired fatigue, waking up in the morning and feeling as tired as ever - like you've barely rested. There may be spouts of energy, but there's this overriding feeling of tiredness that you cannot seem to shit and it makes everything feel super hard.

2. The random, daily hot flushes

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Hot flushes aren't just feeling a little warm, they are overwhelming bouts of heat and sweat that take over your body temporarily. They can come randomly at any given moment. And as a menopausal woman, you'll know exactly how it feels when you're having one, and when you're anticipating the next!

3. Forgetting things constantly!

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Brain fog is a serious side effect of menopause and something that has been majorly downplayed. As a woman going through menopause, you will know the daily struggle of dealing with this brain fog. It makes work, and everyday life so much more difficult than pre-menopause!

4. Trying to find something that works for your menopause symptoms

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Despite the fact that half the population goes through menopause, there has still not been enough research and time put into finding women's solutions. There are a limited number of options available and you'll know how difficult it can be to find something that actually helps you!

5. Having irregular and unexpected cycles

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Only a menopausal woman will understand the daily struggle of not knowing whether your cycle may randomly start, or whether this time it will last half a day or two weeks. It can come at any time, randomly, and that unexpected nature of the menopause is so difficult to prepare for!

6. Coping with the changing dynamics in your relationship

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It's so much to deal with, going through the menopause. Your body changes, your emotional well-being changes, and all of this massively impacts you and your relationships with people. Not only do you have to navigate it yourself, but you also have the daily struggle of dealing with it in the relationship too.

7. Not being able to get a good night's sleep

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A consistent night's sleep becomes a distant memory as you hit the menopause. For menopausal women, sleeping can be so difficult; waking up constantly, not being able to fall asleep, and not having quality sleep make you feel even more tired. It's a constant daily struggle!

8. Having random bouts of sadness

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With your hormones changing and lowering, your body is adjusting to one of the biggest changes it can ever go through as a woman. Premenopausal women understand the random bouts of sadness, and sometimes these last for days. It's a really difficult time for a woman.

9. Feeling frustrated that there's not a simple solution to end the symptoms

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Frustration is a feeling that menopausal women get very familiar with. In fact, it's quite possibly a daily struggle. One of the greatest frustrations is the fact that there's no simple solution to it. If only there was something available for all women to make them feel better!

10. Noticing the dry skin every day

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You wake up and look in the mirror and your face feels super dry AGAIN, despite the tonnes of moisturizer you are lathering on overnight. And the wrinkles seem to have set in much deeper! Which, is also probably because the dryness is making them much more pronounced.

11. Sore and stiff joints

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Then there are the stiff joints that menopausal women have to deal with on a daily basis. Waking up and getting out of bed or standing after sitting on the sofa for a while doesn't feel as easy as it once used to. Joints stiffen up due to the decrease in women's hormones and calcium.

12. Combing your hair and losing a clump

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It's a sad situation for women when they have to witness their whole body changing, including their appearance. Some women use their hair as a kind of confidence safety net, so when this starts to change it can be really hard to deal with. And menopause women understand how clumps of hair start to show up when you comb it as you see it start to thin before your eyes.

13. Blurred vision and dry eyes

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Menopausal women feel dry in all kinds of places, including their eyes which can lead to blurred vision and sore eyes! It's just one of the many struggles that women going through menopause have to face daily due to the physical changes in their bodies.

14. Feeling patronized when you try to discuss it

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Not only do you have to go through the physicality of it as a woman, but trying to explain it to some people is the most frustrating feeling of all. Especially when they patronize or downplay the real effects of the menopause. A lot of this stems from a lack of education on the matter - so feel free to enlighten them!

15. Dealing with daily tender breasts

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As a woman, you're probably used to dealing with tender breasts each time that time of the month comes around. But then you reach menopause and you have it all again, only this time you cannot guarantee that it will only be once a month, in fact, it occurs much more frequently and randomly.

16. Having constant appetite changes

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One day you're super ravenous and want to eat everything, The next you don't even feel like eating at all. Your appetite is constantly changing and it's hard to keep up with it. Some days you feel like you can never be full, and others you feel uncomfortably bloated no matter what you eat.

17. Feeling anxious, even if you never suffered from this previously

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One of the most overlooked symptoms of menopause is the mental health implications which are just as real and powerful as the physical symptoms. Many menopausal women discuss feeling anxious, even if they have never had a history of anxiety. Some also go through bouts of depression.

18. Feeling unsexy and not in the mood

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When your hormones reach an all-time low, your libido suffers with it, and so does your self-esteem. So essentially it's a lot of negative feelings being experienced all at once that make you feel completely unsexy (even though you are) and not in the mood for any kind of physical intimacy.

19. Being irritable at anything

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It's truly not the fault of a menopausal woman when she feels irritable at everything as it's a result of the major changes in her body. If you're a menopausal woman you; 'll know just how hard this is to deal with. You know it's not you and you don't want to be irritable, but you can't help but feel like this!

20. Difficulties concentrating at work

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Menopause awareness is becoming more and more of an important topic, especially in the workplace. It's important to understand that a menopausal woman is struggling with many things at once and instead of facing consequences, she needs support as this is a medical condition like any other.

21. Intense headaches!

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Hormones and headaches go hand in hand. During menopause, your hormones are anything but stable, meaning that menopausal women might suffer frequently from headaches or migraines, particularly if you were somebody who suffered from them previously.

22. Smelling your body odor...

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Your body may start to smell different to you. These changes that are happening are evident in many ways and you may be able to smell that there's a difference in your body odor. You may even feel like it's a more intense smell or sometimes has an unpleasant smell.

23. Feeling physically and emotionally sensitive

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Menopausal women struggle with feeling emotionally and physically more sensitive every day of the menopause - because they are. The medical implications of the menopause affect body and mind and so it's a true daily struggle to negotiate these feelings.

24. Thinking about life before the menopause

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Reflecting on life before menopause can be a daily occurrence for a menopausal woman. The thought processes consist of things like; 'I didn't look like this before', 'this was so much easier before menopause', or 'I'm always tired now'. It's only natural to compare.

25. Complete changes in what you like and don't like to eat

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After so many years of life, you come to terms with your taste buds and what you like and dislike until menopause comes and makes you question everything you know about your tastes. You may find yourself craving things you've never even craved before!

26. Finding socializing more difficult

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Is it the lack of energy now or just that socializing seems to feel more difficult during menopause? Perhaps it's the increased anxiety which can be worse in social settings. It's something menopausal women have to deal with, even if they once loved to socialize with total ease.

27. Struggling to manage work-life with the menopause

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Working is so much harder for menopausal women because concentration and brain fog massively affect it. Studies have shown that productivity dips massively during menopause, which is the result of a physical state, and rather than struggling, workplaces have to help.

28. Feeling lonely

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It can also be super lonely for menopausal women, especially if they do not have many people around them going through the same things or the same emotions that they are experiencing because of menopause. It can feel like they are on their own, and that it's difficult for other people to understand.

29. Struggling to come to terms with aging

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Aging is a concept that we always have in our minds, we are gradually getting older as each birthday ticks on we become aware. But for menopausal women, it becomes particularly obvious at this stage as women watch their bodies change in new, and more obvious ways.

30. Coping with feeling so much different now

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Menopausal women have stated that one of the daily struggles is just feeling so much different. Some women suffer so much during this time that they feel they have entered a new body and a new mind. It can be super hard to come to terms with and to find something that can relieve the symptoms somewhat.

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