Vaginal atrophy occurs when there's less estrogen in the body, and the vaginal tissues and wall begins to thin. Some women experience dryness, pain or discomfort, and incontinence. To reduce vaginal dryness:
Night sweats and other symptoms can make sleep difficult for women approaching menopause. Here's how you can set yourself up to achieve a better night's sleep:
As you approach menopause, you may experience mood swings, feeling high then low, or anxious. Irritability and crying spells are also common among women who experienced severe premenstrual syndrome throughout their lives. If you are experiencing distressing thoughts, talk to your doctor about it. These tips can help to lighten the emotional load you may be feeling:
The decrease in estrogen makes many women more forgetful during perimenopause and as they approach menopause. You may lose your train of thought, misplace items, or forget appointments. If you're experiencing memory loss:
An estimated 8 out of 10 women experience common symptoms leading up to menopause such as hot flashes, night sweats, anxiety, insomnia, depression, reduced libido, and vaginal dryness.