Symptoms in Detail
Itchy Skin and Menopause
Itchy skin is very common during peri/menopause but many women don’t realise the connection.
Why do we get itchy skin?
Although itchy skin isn’t often associated with hormone imbalance it can be a side effect of fluctuating hormones during peri/menopause.
The technical term for this itchy skin is ‘pruritus’, and as with most things to do with menopause it’s caused by the hormonal changes of perimenopause and our fluctuating levels of estrogen.
Estrogen is related to the production of collagen, the protein responsible for plumpness and suppleness of our skin as well as our production of natural skin oils. Therefore lower levels of estrogen mean the skin produces less collagen and oil leading to drier, itchy skin everywhere including our vagina.
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