Recognizing the Symptoms of Menopause

Every woman who reaches middle age will experience menopause, the end of menstruation and fertility. At this stage in your life, your ovaries stop producing eggs and your body gradually produces less of the hormones estrogen and progesterone. Although each woman will experience a unique combination of symptoms, some hallmarks of “The Change” include: irregular periods, vaginal dryness, hot flashes, sleep disturbances like insomnia and night sweats, mood swings, and feelings of loss.  

You may not be ready for menopause when it begins, but ignoring the symptoms won’t postpone this stage until you’re ready to deal with it. It will likely only make the process more uncomfortable. Addressing your symptoms will make for a smoother transition into this time in your life. Most symptoms—even the dreaded thinning of hair and increase of abdominal fat—can be treated and controlled to some extent. 

Menopause Symptoms and Complications

Recognizing the Signs of Menopause

Transformations in your body, such as changes to your menstrual cycle, can indicate that you've reached menopause.

Emotional and Psychological Health

The changes in your hormones that accompany menopause can also affect your brain chemistry.

Insomnia and Sleep-Related Issues

Many women in menopause suffer from lack of rest due to hot flashes and sweating waking and keeping them up at night.

Urinary Incontinence

Women do not have to accept occasional bladder leakage as just another side effect of menopause or aging.

Tests and Official Diagnosis

Read about the tests and criteria doctors use to make an official diagnosis of menopause.

Memory Problems

Forgetting someone’s name is one thing; finding yourself in a place you don’t remember driving to is another.

Osteoporosis and Bone Health

You may not know that estrogen levels play a key role in protecting your bones from the onset of osteoporosis.

Weight Gain During Menopause

As menopause approaches and metabolism begins to slow, women may notice a few additional pounds on the scale. However, this doesn’t have to always be the case.

Hot Flashes

Hot flashes are one of the most common symptoms of menopause.

Heart and Cardiovascular Issues

After menopause, a woman's risk for heart disease and related issues increases. But is there a direct correlation?

Menopause and Perimenopause: What's the Difference?

Although they share similar symptoms, these are two different stages of life.