Last Updated on Jul 13, 2016

What are the Symptoms of Menopause?

The symptoms of menopause are caused by changes in estrogen and progesterone levels and can last for up to 5-years or more. As the ovaries become less functional, they produce less estrogen/progesterone and the body subsequently reacts.

Some women experience no symptoms, while others experience mild to severe symptoms. This variation is normal. A gradual decrease of estrogen allows the body to slowly adjust to the hormonal changes during menopause, but in some women a sudden decrease in estrogen level occurs, causing severe symptoms. This is often seen when menopause is caused by surgical removal of uterus (Surgical Menopause).

Symptoms of menopause include:

  • Irregular menstruation
  • Palpitations (irregular heartbeats)
  • Hot flashes or hot flushes
  • Night sweats
  • Skin flushing
  • Insomnia
  • Decreased libido
  • Painful sexual intercourse
  • Migraine
  • Mood swings including irritability, depression and anxiety
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Vaginal infections
  • Joint aches and pains
  • Urinary frequency, urgency or incontinence


guest Tuesday, July 24, 2007

good material.. would also like to know wat do u exactly mean by hot flashes? wat to do for it?

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