Menopause symptoms are not the same for each woman. Some women have many symptoms and others have a few. Some common problems are:
Irregular Periods and Irregular Ovulation
- Shorter or longer cycles
- Heavier or lighter bleeding
- Spotting in between periods
- Problems getting pregnant
- A sudden feeling of heat that lasts 30 seconds to 5 minutes
- A flushed face and neck
- Stops a few years after menopause
Vaginal and Bladder Problems
- Skin in the genital area becomes drier and thinner
- Sex may become painful
- Vaginal dryness and burning
- Urinary tract problems, such as infection and incontinence
Changes in Sexuality
- Lower interest in sex
- Problems with arousal and comfort
Fatigue and Sleep Problems
- Problems sleeping
- Early morning waking
Changes in the Body
- Thickening at the waist
- Loss of muscle mass
- Increase in fat
- Loss of elasticity in the skin
- Joint and muscle stiffness or pain
- Problems with focus
- Thinning of scalp hair
- More hair on the face
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Last reviewed March 2020 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Elliot M. Levine, MD, FACOG Last Updated: 3/17/2021