Symptoms of menopause
"What's going on with me?" is the most common question women have during perimenopause and menopause. “Is it hot in here, or is it just me?” would be the second most common question.
Some women have many of these symptoms of menopause; others have very few. Some really lucky ones have none at all. Here is a list of some of the most common menopausal symptoms — plus some tips on how you can cope with them. Be sure to discuss your symptoms or any others concerns with your healthcare provider.
Estrogen helps to remodel bone so that new cells replace old ones and bones remain strong and dense. During and after menopause, there is less bone turnover, which means that bones may become brittle and can break more easily.
What you can do: Take a daily calcium supplement. The recommended daily intake is 1000 mg, but most women after menopause require 1200 mg to 1500 mg of calcium each day. Your healthcare provider may recommend a bone density scan (a non-invasive test that gauges how much bone you may have lost and how likely it is to fracture). If you do have low bone density, your healthcare provider may prescribe treatment. And exercise is vital to keeping bones strong!