Two major symptoms of menopause often mistaken for something else – when to see a doctor

She told that although the most well-known symptoms of this transitional period are well known, other symptoms can land women with misdiagnoses.

According to Ms Taylor, some of the most common symptoms of menopause and perimenopause include “low mood, brain fog, low libido, dry skin, heart palpitations, anxiety, hair loss, UTI’s, vaginal atrophy or dryness, weight gain, insomnia, lack of energy, irregular periods, hot flushes and night sweats.”

However, many of these are also key indicators of other conditions and in some cases can see women placed on unnecessary medication, according to the expert.

Yet, of all symptoms, Ms Taylor says anxiety and low mood are some of the symptoms most commonly misdiagnosed.

She explained: “Low mood and anxiety is so often misdiagnosed as depression and women are regularly given anti-depressants.

“This is because there is almost no menopause education at medical school and almost nothing on the ten years before menopause (perimenopause) on the psychological symptoms.”

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