Signs & Symptoms of Menopause

There are many possible signs of menopause and each woman feels them differently. Most women have no or few menopausal symptoms while some women have many moderate or severe symptoms.

The clearest signs of the start of menopause are irregular periods (when periods come closer together or further apart), and when blood flow becomes lighter or heavier.

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Other signs may include some of the following:

  • Weight gain
  • Hot flashes
  • Insomnia
  • Night sweats
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Joint pain
  • Fatigue
  • Short-term memory problems
  • Bowel upset
  • Dry eyes
  • Itchy skin
  • Mood swings
  • Urinary tract infections


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