From body odour to a burning tongue: ALL of the strangest symptoms of the menopause


Hot flashes, mood swings, and decreased libido are all well-known symptoms of menopause.

But doctors say there’s another sign to watch out for — “the change” could spell trouble for your love life.

A poll today found that seven out of 10 women with marital problems, such as being divorced or going through a divorce, blamed it for their misery.

Still, that’s not the only bizarre symptom some women suffer from during menopause.

Here MailOnline walks you through some of the other strange signs of the change.

The drop in estrogen and progesterone that causes menopause has a wide variety of effects on the body, some of which are totally bizarre

The drop in estrogen and progesterone that causes menopause has a wide variety of effects on the body, some of which are totally bizarre

Menopause is when a woman’s periods stop. Usually between the ages of 45 and 55.

It is a normal part of aging and is caused by a drop in estrogen and progesterone levels.

HRT replaces the hormones and is the main treatment for treating symptoms, which can be serious and interfere with daily life.

On average, women will experience at least 10 symptoms when menopause hits, but there are dozens more.

Bina Mehta, pharmacist at Boots, said: ‘Many women are not aware that there are more than 40 signs and symptoms of menopause.

Hot flashes are one of the most well-known symptoms, but there are many symptoms such as low mood and anxiety, brain fog and fatigue that can be missed or attributed to other life events.

‘These symptoms are due to fluctuating hormones produced by the ovaries, mainly estrogen.

“Menopause is a natural process and everyone’s experience is different.”

What are the 40 symptoms of menopause?

  1. Irregular periods
  2. hot flashes
  3. Night sweat
  4. Vaginal Dryness
  5. discomfort during sex
  6. Decreased sex drive
  7. mood swings
  8. anxiety
  9. Panic attacks
  10. Depression
  11. Sleep disturbances
  12. Fatigue
  13. Difficulty concentrating
  14. Forgetfulness
  15. Headache
  16. Involuntary urination on exertion
  17. Have to urinate often
  18. Having to pee at night
  19. Painful urination
  20. Hair loss, thinning
  21. Weight gain
  22. Joint pain, muscle pain
  23. Sensitive breasts, pain
  24. dry mouth
  25. Digestive Problems
  26. osteoporosis
  27. Increase in aches and pains
  28. body odor
  29. Gum Problems
  30. Burning mouth syndrome
  31. brittle nails
  32. Hair growth in the face
  33. Dry skin
  34. Dry eyes
  35. Tingling sensation in the extremities
  36. Electric shock sensations
  37. Dizzy Seizures
  38. Frequent allergies
  39. Irregular heartbeat
  40. Lack of motivation

burning tongue

Hot flashes can give women a sudden warm sensation in the upper body.

But it’s not just the body that can feel arbitrarily warm as you enter menopause.

About 8 percent of menopausal women experience a burning tongue, according to the supplement manufacturer DR.VEGAN’s Annual Menopause Survey 2022 of more than 1,000 women in Britain.

But The Menopause Charity, which provides support to women going through menopause, as well as doctors who treat menopause and employers whose staff suffer from it, claims it can affect up to one in three women going through menopause.

It can feel like a sudden, brief pain in the mouth and is more common in women who also experience metallic tastes, dry mouth, tingling, or pain.

Actually burning the mouth, for example from drinking tea that is too hot, makes it even worse.

A burning sensation may also be felt around the palate, lips, or inside of the cheeks.

Doctors believe it’s caused by lower estrogen levels that activate pain-sensitive nerves around the taste buds in the tongue.

But there are currently few to no specific treatment options available. It can take several months for the symptoms to go away, even with HRT.

The NHS recommends that women suffering from the symptom use yoga and mindfulness to reduce stress.

This is thought to make the sensation of pain less intense.

Medications, including low-dose antidepressants, may also be recommended. These replace the natural pain-relieving endorphins, which drop when estrogen levels are low.

Electric Shock

In addition to a burning sensation, menopausal women may feel that they are suffering from electric shocks.

The shocks of pain, which can be severe, usually occur just before a hot flash.

Electric shock sensations can feel like a rubber band snapping into the flesh under the skin anywhere on the body, usually over the forehead.

Doctors aren’t quite sure what causes the symptom, but it’s thought that fluctuating hormone levels can cause the nervous system to stop working.

Drugs used to treat hot flashes are also responsible for the sensation, which can affect about 15 percent of people.

As with most of these symptoms, doctors don’t prescribe anything specific to prevent them except HRT.

A diet high in soybeans, tofu, chickpeas, broccoli, and pumpkin, sesame, and sunflower seeds helps increase these in the body.

The symptom is different from trigeminal neuralgia, a rare pain that feels like an electric shock to the jaw, teeth, and gums that is most common in women over the age of 60.

Trigeminal neuralgia is usually caused by a nerve in the skull becoming pinched and is not specifically linked to menopause.

Creeping Skin

Another unpleasant but little known symptom is formication.

It makes some women feel like an army of ants is crawling under their skin.

The sensation—affecting up to 21 percent of menopausal women—usually occurs early in the change or shortly after a woman’s last menstrual period and eventually goes away on its own.

Estrogen stimulates the production of collagen – which strengthens and tightens – and oils, keeping it moist.

When levels of the hormone drop, it naturally dries out the skin, making it itchy.

When estrogen levels stabilize after about a year, often using HRT, the symptom tends to fade.

But in the meantime, the NHS recommends that women eat a diet rich in healthy fats, prioritizing foods like salmon, walnuts and eggs.

Wearing sunscreen regularly — even on cloudy days — can also help keep skin moist.

Women are also advised to avoid scalding hot baths or showers, drink plenty of water, use gentle soaps, exfoliate and moisturize regularly, and cut down on alcohol and smoking.

Antihistamine creams are also available over the counter to reduce irritation, while doctors can also help if the effects are not manageable.


Menopause is when a woman stops having her period and can no longer conceive naturally.

It usually occurs between the ages of 45 and 55.

It’s a normal part of aging and is caused by levels of the sex hormone estrogen dropping.

Some women go through this time with few or no symptoms.

Others suffer from hot flashes, trouble sleeping, mood swings, and brain fog, which can last for months or years and change over time.

HRT replaces the hormones and is the main treatment for treating symptoms, which can be serious and interfere with daily life.

Menopause occurs when your ovaries stop producing so much of the hormone estrogen and no longer release an egg every month.

ringing ears

Menopause can theoretically also leave women with the unpleasant feeling of tinnitus.

This is when you hear sounds that don’t come from the outside world.

Usually it sounds like a constant ringing in the ears, although buzzing, humming, and hissing are all signs of the condition.

According to the DR.VEGAN survey, more than a fifth of women who undergo the change suffer from tinnitus. It is listed as a possible side effect on several health advice websites.

NHS data suggests that around 13 percent of UK adults in the wider population experience tinnitus.

While a direct causal relationship to menopause has not yet been established, it is also thought to be related to the same drop in hormone levels as all other symptoms.

Little research has been done on why it’s more common in menopausal women, but experts think it may be related to blood flow in the ear.

A sudden drop in estrogen can limit the flow to the inner ear tube — known as the cochlea — and potentially mess up nerve signals.

This can affect how sound is perceived and may be the cause of the ringing sensation.

In addition to HRT, deep breathing, yoga, and other stress-reducing activities are also believed to help relieve the symptom. Depression and mood disorders have been linked to tinnitus.

As with formication, the symptom may go away on its own, although this is not true for everyone.

body odor

Another possible side effect of the change is developing a bad smell.

Surveys suggest that up to three in four women experience night sweats or hot flashes.

Just like during a hot flash, when estrogen levels drop, the hypothalamus gland in the brain is tricked into thinking you are overheating.

This causes the body to sweat excessively, even if you are not really warm.

The sweat can build up and result in an unpleasant body odor.

At the same time, the effect is enhanced by the declining levels of estrogen, which means that the amounts of the male sex hormone testosterone are relatively higher.

Testosterone can increase the amount of bacteria in sweat, which makes the moisture smell more.

Antiperspirants can help reduce sweating by blocking the sweat glands. Some also contain antibacterial agents, which reduce the bad smell.

GPs can also help select extra strong deodorants if the problem is severe.

Breathable clothing, fans and cooling sprays and cooling pillows at night are all recommended as well.


With the many symptoms faced by women, it’s not surprising that about 70 percent of menopausal people feel irritable.

But for some, this gets even further into a lot of anger or even anger.

Perimenopause anger differs from normal feelings of anger because it can come out of nowhere.

Mood swings are a common side effect of the change, as estrogen plays an important role in regulating the “happiness hormone” serotonin.

As estrogen and serotonin levels drop, it becomes harder to control more negative emotions.

Doctors recommend the same stress-relieving activities as with the other symptoms, including yoga and meditation, on top of HRT.

Women are also encouraged to allow outbursts of anger rather than try to suppress them.

A study by Canadian researchers published in the Journal for Prevention and Intervention in the community, self-silencing may increase women’s risk of developing depression.

Outlets to release anger, such as exercise, can also help reduce anger while also increasing serotonin levels.

Finally, anger management therapy is recommended for women who are really struggling with the symptom.