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Less common menopausal symptoms


For immediate release: 10th August 2016

Less common menopausal symptoms

Hot flushes and night sweats are the most common menopausal symptoms, affecting around 70 percent of women. But some symptoms are more unusual and you may not connect them with the menopause at the time. Or they can be easily confused with a long-term medical condition or nutritional deficiency. So which more unusual symptoms should you be looking out for?

In the Summer 2016 issue of The Menopause Exchange newsletter, nurse consultant Debra Holloway takes a look at some of the less common menopausal symptoms, including aches and pains, skin changes and itching, bowel or bladder symptoms, palpitations, a change in taste or smell and a dry mouth or burning tongue. She also looks at conditions that can be mistaken for the menopause, including thyroid problems, fibromyalgia and stress.

“If you experience any unusual symptoms, you should always get them checked out, even if you think they could be due to the menopause,” says Norma Goldman, founder and director of The Menopause Exchange. “This is particularly important if your symptoms continue for a long time or are severe enough to affect your daily life. Many menopausal symptoms, including less common ones, can be easily managed.”

The Menopause Exchange, which was established in 1999, is completely independent and is not sponsored by any companies. It provides impartial, easily understood information to women and healthcare professionals. The Menopause Exchange quarterly newsletter contains articles written by top medical experts, such as gynaecologists, GPs, consultants, specialist menopause nurses, complementary practitioners, pharmacists, dietitians etc.

Other articles in the Summer 2016 newsletter include progestogens in HRT, vitamin D and thyroid problems, as well as recent news, Ask the Experts Q&As and details of talks by Norma Goldman.

The Menopause Exchange quarterly newsletter is available via email for free. Sign up on our website, Find us on Facebook and Twitter (@MenopauseExch).

For more information, write to The Menopause Exchange at PO Box 205, Bushey, Herts WD23 1ZS, call 020 8420 7245, or e-mail



1. The Menopause Exchange was launched in June 1999.
2. Articles in previous issues of The Menopause Exchange newsletter include: Your menopause consultation; Who can’t take HRT?; CBT and mindfulness at the menopause; Premature menopause; The menopause after cancer therapy; The menopause at work; Bladder problems; The menopause: a partners guide; Eating for the menopause.
3. The founder and director of The Menopause Exchange is Norma Goldman, a pharmacist with a Master’s degree in health promotion. She gives talks on the menopause to employees in the workplace and hospitals, women and women’s groups, healthcare professionals, GP practices, organisations, health clubs and at exhibitions. Her daughter, Victoria, the editor of the newsletter, is an experienced health journalist with a BSc. degree in Biomedical Science and a Master’s degree in Science Communication.
4. The aim of The Menopause Exchange is to raise the awareness of the menopause among women, healthcare professionals (e.g. nurses and pharmacists) and complementary practitioners.
5. All press enquiries to Norma Goldman on 020 8420 7245.