What Are the Symptoms of Menopause?
The decrease in estrogen levels usually leads to menopausal symptoms, which can be divided into three categories:
Vasomotor Symptoms - hot flushes, night sweats and sleep disturbances.
Psychological Symptoms - mood swings, irritability, fatigue and sometimes even clinical depression.
Physiological/Metabolic Symptoms - joint and muscle pain, local estrogen deficiency leading to vaginal dryness, urinary tract infections and loss of libido. The decline in estrogen levels leads to bone loss which can develop into osteopenia and osteoporosis.
Vasomotor symptoms can last from 6 months to 10 years, however the metabolic ones stay and deteriorate even further with time. These symptoms have a major impact on a woman's quality of life. Menopause is not only hot flushes, it has a major impact on women's well being and should not be taken lightly.
What is menopause?
What are the symptoms of menopause?
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Do menopausal symptoms & bone loss require management?
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