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.

Skin, hair, and eye changes

During menopause, your skin is likely to become thinner, and wrinkles may appear because of lack of moisture. Your hair, too, may become thinner and lose its color (but only your hairdresser knows this!). However, eyesight may actually become better for some people who were nearsighted in early life. Some women do complain of dry eyes, and may find that it's harder to wear contact lenses.

What you can do: Stay out of the sun, or wear sunblock and protective clothing as well as dark glasses. Be sure to wear a daily moisturizer with at least SPF15.

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