10 menopause symptoms

5. Vaginal dryness

During menopause the usual soft and moist feeling of the vagina will be reduced and many women will feel itchy and irritated. Due to reduced levels of estrogen, the vaginal lining will become thin, dry and less elastic. If there is not enough lubrication whilst having sex, it may be uncomfortable and can cause further irritation to the vagina, making it more prone to vaginal infections.

In extreme cases of vaginal dryness there may be the appearance of vaginal atrophy, in which the vagina becomes smaller in width and length. This can be one of the most emotionally distressing symptoms of menopause and might require medical help.

6. Mood swings

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It is natural to experience mood swings during menstruations, and this is also the case during menopause unfortunately. Women will experience a rollercoaster of emotions – feeling up and the then down without reason.

It is very common to experience rapid changes of emotions at different times. Sometimes, it can be abrupt and intense. This is believed to be a result of changes in the mood-regulating neurotransmitters that are affected by changing levels of female sex hormones.

A support network, such as your family members, friends and colleagues, to help you cope with this difficult time will help immensely.

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Dr.Nuwanthi Fernando (MD) is passionate about medicine and writing. She received her MD degree at the Vitebsk State Medical University, and is also a member of the European Medical Writers Association. Now with her medical training, she is focussed on writing articles and books so she can share her knowledge and creativity whilst continuing to learn.


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