Have you experienced any of the
• Hot flashes, night sweats, flushes, cold
flashes, or a clammy feeling
• Irritability, mood swings
• Rapid heartbeat
• Issues with sleeping
• Shorter, lighter periods, heavier periods,
• Vaginal dryness
• Loss of libido
• Feelings of apprehension
• Memory lapses
• Itchy skin
• Sore joints, tendons and muscles
• Breast tenderness
• Weight gain
• Body odor
• Gum problems
• Tingling sensations
• Hair loss
• Ringing in the ears
A brief overview…
Menopause is the time in a woman’s life when her period stops
and she can no longer become pregnant.
It’s a normal change in a woman’s body.
A woman will know she has reached
menopause when she has not had a period
for 12 months in a row (and there are no other
causes, including illness or pregnancy).
Menopause is sometimes called “the change
Usually, this happens after the age of 45.
Some women may not even be aware
of these changes happening in their body.
Other women may have disruptive symptoms as they near
menopause. Women often wonder if these
symptoms are normal, and some are confused
about how to treat these symptoms.
Take the time to educate yourself and seek out sources of information.
It can be beneficial to talk to your doctor about your health and
symptoms. If side effects of menopause cause
you concern or discomfort, your doctor may
provide more information about treatment options
and help you make wise choices.
Remember that menopause affects every
woman differently. The only sign could be your
period stopping, or you may experience a range
of symptoms. Some of these symptoms may
occur naturally due to aging, while others are
a result of menopause.
Menopause is a journey of ups and downs.
The best thing you can do is to educate
yourself about what’s going on with your body
and be prepared to make changes as your
hormonal make-up shifts.
Understanding menopause and the needs of
your body during this time will give you the
confidence to deal with these changes.