Symptoms can usually be more severe when it comes to menopause, it can occur suddenly or over a shorter period of time. Common symptoms include hot flashes and vaginal dryness, Every woman’s menopause experience is unique. There may also be sleep disturbances. The combination of these symptoms can cause anxiety or depression.
Aside from some changes in menstruation, the symptoms of perimenopause, menopause, and postmenopause are generally alike. The most common early signs of perimenopause are:
heavier or lighter periods, less frequent menstruation
vasomotor symptoms, including hot flashes, night sweats, and flushing
An estimated 75 percent of women experience hot flashes with menopause.
Other common symptoms of menopause include:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Memory problems
- Reduced libido, or sex drive
- Dry skin, mouth, and eyes
- Increased urination
- Sore or tender breasts
- Racing heartinsomnia
- Vaginal dryness
- Weight gain
- Urinary tract infections (UTIs)
- Reduced muscle mass
- Painful or stiff joints
- Reduced bone mass
- Less full breasts
- Hair thinning or loss
- Increased in hair growth on other areas of the body.
At times most women first notice the frequency of their period becoming less consistent, as the flow becomes heavier and longer. By the age of 52, most women have undergone menopause.This usually occurs at some point in the mid-to-late 40s.