Signs of Menopause
Common menopause signs (other than your period stopping) may include hot flashes, night sweats, and vaginal changes. Mood swings, urinary problems, and difficulty concentrating are other possible signs. Some of the symptoms women experience as they approach menopause may actually be related to growing older, and not to menopause.
Different women may experience different signs of menopause. This is because the levels of estrogen in a woman's body vary as menopause approaches. However, that doesn't mean you will have all, or even most, of the menopause signs. In fact, some of the things you may take as signs of menopause may really be a result of growing older, and not due to changes in estrogen levels.
Signs of menopause can include:
- Changes in your period
- Abnormal bleeding or "spotting"
- Hot flashes (hot flushes)
- Night sweats and sleeping problems
- Vaginal changes
- Thinning of your bones (osteoporosis)
- Mood changes
- Urinary problems
- Problems with concentration or memory
- Less interest in sex and changes in sexual response
- Weight gain or increase in body fat around your waist
- Hair thinning or loss.
Every woman's period will stop at menopause. Some women may not have any other signs. As you near menopause, however, you may have a number of menopause signs, including:
- Changes in your period. The time between periods and the flow from month to month may be different.
- Abnormal bleeding or "spotting." This is a common symptom of menopause. However, if your periods have stopped for 12 months in a row and you still have "spotting," you should talk to your doctor to rule out serious causes, like cancer.
- Hot flashes (hot flushes). You get warm in the face, neck, and chest.
- Night sweats and sleeping problems. These may lead to feeling tired, stressed, or tense.
- Vaginal changes. The vagina may become dry and thin, and sex and vaginal exams may be painful. You also might get more vaginal infections.
- Thinning of your bones (osteoporosis). This may lead to loss of height and broken bones.
- Mood changes. May include mood swings, depression, and irritability.
- Urinary problems. You may have leaking, burning or pain when urinating, or leaking when sneezing, coughing, or laughing.
- Problems with concentration or memory.
- Less interest in sex and changes in sexual response.
- Weight gain or increase in body fat around your waist.
- Hair thinning or loss.