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.
Another common symptom of menopause is vaginal dryness. Affecting perimenopausal, menopausal, and postmenopausal women, menopausal vaginal dryness can be devastating because the discomfort affects or limits physical intimacy. This can be emotionally painful as well, as it may lead to feelings of inadequacy due to reduced sexual desire.
As estrogen levels decline, the vagina becomes less lubricated. In addition, the number of layers in the vaginal lining shrinks, and this thinner skin is more likely to become irritated or susceptible to vaginal infections. For this reason, sex may not feel as good as it used to.
What you can do: Use a vaginal moisturizer to soothe vaginal dryness and itching, and an intimate lubricant during intercourse. See the Menopause Resource section for suggested products to use.