Symptoms of Menopause
- Shorter or longer cycles
- Heavier or lighter bleeding
- Spotting in between periods
- Reduced fertility
- Reported in up to 75% of American women
- Sudden onset of a feeling of heat
- Flushed face and neck
- Last 30 seconds to five minutes
- Occur at any time
- Usually stop within a few years after menopause
- Skin in genital area becomes drier and thinner
- Sexual intercourse may become painful
- Vaginal dryness and burning
- Urinary tract problems may occur, such as infection and incontinence
- Attitude toward sex may change
- Diminished interest in sex
- Arousal and comfort may be difficult
- Freedom from concerns about pregnancy (but should use birth control until one year after last period)
- Risk of sexually transmitted diseases remains
- Normal sleep patterns may be interrupted
- Early morning waking
- Stress and change in family dynamics may contribute to mood problems
- Thickening at the waist
- Loss of muscle mass
- Increase in fat
- Loss of elasticity in the skin
- Joint and muscle stiffness or pain
- Difficulty concentrating
- Thinning of scalp hair; more prominent facial hair
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Menopause symptom relief and treatments. US Department of Health and Human Services Women's Health website. Available at: http://womenshealth.gov/menopause/symptom-relief-treatment/index.html. Updated September 29, 2010. Accessed April 18, 2013.
- Reviewer: Kim Carmichael, MD
- Review Date: 03/2014 -
- Update Date: 04/29/2014 -
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