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.

Joint Pain

One of the most common symptoms of menopause is an increase in aching joints and muscle problems. This can be caused by aging itself, and also a lack of lubrication in the joints, which may make you feel achy. During this time of life, some women develop osteoarthritis, an inflammation of the joints.

What you can do: Exercise! To keep all systems working smoothly, it's important to move every day. Swimming and yoga are both great types of exercise for achy joints. Treat yourself to a massage (or get a loved one to do it!) every once in a while.

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