Menopause Symptoms: Emotional, Physical, and Sexual
Medical Author: Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD
Medical Editor: William C. Shiel, Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
Menopause symptoms can be perceived as physical problems, emotional disturbances, or problems associated with sexual functioning.
Physical symptoms of menopause include:
- "Hot flashes" - sudden waves of mild or intense body heat
- Night sweats - similar to hot flashes that occur at night and result in profuse sweating
- Difficulty sleeping
- Increasing variability of the menstrual cycle, including irregular and missed periods
- Decreased bone density (occurring later in the menopausal transition), potentially leading to osteoporosis and fractures.
Emotional symptoms may include:
- Mood changes
- Forgetfulness or problems with focus and concentration
Sexual symptoms may result from increasing dryness and thinning of the vaginal wall, leading to pain or discomfort during intercourse.
If you are experiencing menopause symptoms, you doctor can advise you about ways you can relieve and manage these symptoms.