What is formication?

Menopausal women can experience formication - a feeling of creeping, crawling sensations on the skin.


Formication is a scary word for a little known symptom of menopause. It refers to when you have the phantom sensation of ants or other insects crawling over your skin.

Formication and Menopause

Estrogen plays an important role in the maintenance of healthy skin. So it stands to reason that as estrogen levels in the body decline as they do during peri/menopause, your skin is going to suffer.

Estrogen is responsible for stimulating the production of collagen which provides strength, resilience and support to the skin.

Reduced estrogen levels inhibit the skins ability to retain moisture and slow the body’s production of natural skin oils.

The end result is dry, itchy and fragile skin, prone to many skin disorders.

Formication is one of these.

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