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WHAT’S HAPPENING?  WHAT DO I DO? A GUIDE TO MENOPAUSE

HOW MENOPAUSE FEELS

There is no question that the profound hormone changes of menopause make women feel different. For most women, menopause simply does not feel good. Many of these symptoms are so subtle as to be difficult to describe. As a result they were once dismissed as imaginary. We now know that they are very real and are the direct result of falling estrogen levels.

Here are some of the most common symptoms:

Body:
Changes – and eventual stopping of the menstrual cycle
Hot flashes and night sweats
Insomnia
Vaginal dryness – the vaginal tissues also become thinner and less blood flows through them. Sexual arousal may overcome these changes but not always.
Skin sensitivity – many previously unnoticed sensations like combing one’s hair can become uncomfortable.
Weight gain

Feelings:
Mood swings
Depression
Thinking slowed
Slight difficulty in memory 

I don’t want this to sound grim. Often these changes are mild and few women are so unlucky as to get all of them. However it is important to recognize them for what they are – specific effects of loss of estrogen – since even in this day and age they are still sometimes dismissed as “all in your head.”

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What is Menopause?
When does menopause happen?
How Menopause Feels
What is HRT?
Surviving  – and thriving – during menopause
The big question: HRT
HRT and Breast Cancer
HRT and Contemporary Lifestyles
The HRT Option
How is HRT taken:
The different forms of estrogen:
Estrogen as a skin patch:
The splendors and miseries of progesterone
What are SERMs?
If you've had a hysterectomy
Deciding about YOUR Menopause
I'm on HRT but I don't feel any better
Conclusion

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