Women are suffering needlessly through menopause transition, physicians say

Women can experience hot flashes, night sweats and vaginal dryness, as well as sleep disruption, mood swings, decreased sexual desire and a host of other symptoms. Photo: Pexels

(Brandie Weikle/ CBC News) — Sue Panton thought she was having a heart attack.

Her father had just died from cancer, so the physicians treating her said the racing heart was likely due to stress.

In the space of a few months in 2018, the school teacher from Victoria — then 52 years old — visited an emergency department four times.

It turns out she was experiencing heart palpitations, one of more than 30 symptoms of perimenopause identified by the non-profit Menopause Foundation of Canada.

In addition to heart palpitations and hot flashes nearly hourly throughout the day, Panton was battling recurrent urinary tract and bladder infections — on top of really challenging gastrointestinal issues, for which she’d had a battery of tests. (…)