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Symptoms


A woman’s body goes through several changes during menopause. Some of the more common symptoms of menopause occur when oestrogen levels start to drop. Women may experience:
  • hot flushes;
  • rapid mood swings ranging from depression to euphoria
  • decreased libido and sex drive
  • increased frequency or sudden urge to urinate
  • vaginal dryness with pain during intercourse.

In addition, bone loss, which occurs naturally with age, is accelerated after menopause due to the lack of oestrogens. Excessive bone loss can lead to osteoporosis and a higher incidence of fractures of the hip and spinal column. A higher risk for heart disease is also seen after menopause because the levels of LDL cholesterol ( 'bad' cholestrol) in the blood may rise.

Postmenopausal bleeding , that is bleeding more than an year after the final menstrual bleed, should be reported to your doctor as a small percentage of these bleeds may be due to cancer of the uterus.
 


Last Review Date: December 30, 2018