These sudden, intense feelings of heat, often accompanied by sweating, are among the most common symptoms of menopause.
Declining estrogen levels can cause the vaginal tissues to become dry, thin, and less elastic.
Menopausal women may experience difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep due to hormonal fluctuations and night sweats.
Hormonal changes during menopause can affect neurotransmitters in the brain, leading to mood swings, irritability, and even anxiety or depression in some cases.
Reduced estrogen levels can result in a decreased sex drive and changes in sexual function.
Estrogen helps maintain bone density, so lower estrogen levels during menopause can increase the risk of osteoporosis.
After menopause, women may have an increased risk of heart disease due to changes in cholesterol levels and other cardiovascular risk factors.