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Electric Shock Sensation

It sounds unusual...

...but some women have said they feel an electric shock sensation rather like a ‘snap, crackle and pop’ under their skin.

Electric shock sensation menopause

What causes electric shocks?

Electric shock sensation (ESS) is sometimes described as a feeling of electricity shooting through your body. Although fleeting, ESS often occurs as a precursor to a hot flush and it can be painful and uncomfortable.

Electric shock sensation is not well understood but it’s believed to be related to the brain-estrogen and central nervous system link. So, as estrogen fluctuates and declines during peri/menopause the messages it sends to the brain can be short-circuited.

What can you do to help ease this symptom?

Try and minimise your stress levels by staying active, meditating, practising mindfulness, eating well and deep breathing.

Yoga is a good practise to take up at this time.

Take 40+ or 55+ to help balance your levels of estrogen. We’d highly recommend 55+ for the added benefits of magnesium which helps our nervous system relax. The Enzogenol pine bark extract in 55+ also has calming effects on the brain.

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This is the time when menstruation is well and truly over, the ovaries have stopped producing high levels of sex hormones and for many ladies, perimenopause symptoms subside.

Estrogen has protective qualities and the diminished levels mean organs such as your brain, heart and bones become more vulnerable. It’s also a key lubricant so your lips may become drier, your joints less supple and your vagina might be drier. In addition, your thyroid, digestion, insulin, cortisol and weight may alter.

At this juncture, a woman might experience an increase in the signs of reduced estrogen but she should have a decrease of perimenopause symptoms. That said, some women will experience symptoms like hot flushes for years or even the rest of their lives.


Peri = ‘near’

Most females begin to experience the symptoms of perimenopause in their mid-forties. Your progesterone levels decline from your mid-30s but it’s generally from around 40 that the rest of your sex hormones begin to follow suit. 

Perimenopause is a different experience for every woman and some women may barely notice it. The first indicators are usually changes to the monthly cycle. This means that for some ladies, this can be accompanied by things like sore breasts, mood swings, weight gain around the belly, and fatigue as time goes on.

For those with symptoms it can be a challenging time physically, mentally and emotionally.

Importantly, perimenopause lasts – on average – four to 10 years. The transition is usually a gradual process and many women enter perimenopause without realising.