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Health Tip: Symptoms of Menopause

How to read your body's signs

(HealthDay News) -- Menopause, a natural process that may take between five and 15 years, occurs when a woman's monthly ovulation cycle ends, resulting in the cessation of the monthly menstrual cycle. Most women experience menopause somewhere around age 50.

Due to the dramatic changes in hormones in a woman's body during menopause, there are a variety of symptoms she may experience. To help identify the onset of menopause, the Association of Women for the Advancement of Research and Education (AWARE) lists these common symptoms:

  • Hot flashes, cold flashes, night sweats and clammy skin.
  • Moodiness, depression, anxiety, irritability and unexplained crying.
  • Sleep disturbances or insomnia.
  • Irregular menstrual cycles, including unusually light or heavy bleeding or unusually short or long cycles.
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering or paying attention
  • Headaches, dizziness, fatigue, muscle aches, gastrointestinal problems, or tender breasts.
  • Lost or thinning hair on the scalp or an increase or thickening of facial hair.
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