Menopause & body numbness

Written by cindi pearce
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One of the strangest and sometimes alarming symptoms a menopausal woman can experience is body numbness or tingling, which is caused by a drop in oestrogen levels, resulting in collagen in the skin losing its efficacy.

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Oestrogen/Collagen Connection

When oestrogen drops, collagen production also drops, and skin becomes drier and thinner and loses its girth, according to


Thinning skin becomes more sensitive and pale because the blood flow to the surface of the skin has been reduced. Newly sensitive skin is what causes numbness and a crawling or tingling sensation.


Menopause intensifies this condition, called paresthesia, although it can be experienced by anyone at any age.


Women can ward off body numbness and tingling by keeping active, which promotes blood flow to the nerves.


Eating foods high in essential fatty acids, such as nut and fish, also keeps nerves healthy and may reduce numbness.

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Some women opt to take hormone therapy replacement or to ingest certain herbs that help alleviate the symptoms of menopause, including body numbness.

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