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Signs and Symptoms

Symptoms of menopauseA woman's body goes through several changes during menopause. Some of the more common signs and symptoms of menopause occur when estrogen levels start to drop. Women may experience:

  • Hot flashes
  • Changes in menstrual frequency and flow intensity (to include heavier or more frequent periods for some)
  • Night sweats
  • Rapid mood swings ranging from depression to euphoria
  • Decreased sex drive (libido)
  • Increased frequency or sudden urge to urinate
  • Vaginal dryness that can cause pain during intercourse
  • Increased bone loss that can lead to osteoporosis
  • Higher risk of heart disease (because the levels of LDL "bad" cholesterol in the blood may rise)

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