Menopause FAQs: Menopause Symptoms includes some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about hot flushes/flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness and the genitourinary syndrome of menopause (GSM).

What are the symptoms of menopause?

The video Menopause – What are the Symptoms? in the International Menopause Society (IMS) video series Information About Menopause, explains:

How long may women experience hot flushes/flashes?

In Menopause FAQs: Hot Flashes – Q. How long will I have hot flashes? the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) note:

Menopause FAQs: Menopause Symptoms“A. Most women experience hot flashes for 6 months to 2 years, although some reports suggest that they last considerably longer—as long as 10 years, depending on when they began. For a small proportion of women, they may never go away. It is not uncommon for women to experience a recurrence of hot flashes more than 10 years after menopause, even into their 70s or beyond. There is no reliable way of predicting when they will start—or stop.”

Does menopause make women gain weight?

In Menopause – How will it Affect my Health? [Video], also in the IMS video series Information About Menopause, the first topic explained is menopause and weight gain:

How may menopause affect sexual wellbeing?

Menopause FAQs: Menopause SymptomsOn page one in Sexual Wellbeing After Menopause: Sexual Wellbeing – Menopause and Sexual Function the Patient Information Leaflet published in multiply languages for World Menopause Day 2018, the IMS elaborate on:

“The most commonly reported sexual problems experienced by women after menopause relate to sexual desire and interest, pleasure and overall satisfaction. Vaginal dryness and discomfort with intercourse are also common problems. Sometimes loss of libido and arousal is simply explained by the hormonal changes. But at midlife, as at any life phase, other factors such as poor self-image, family responsibilities, less opportunity for privacy, and partner health affect sexual wellbeing”.

So what can women do to help with the menopause?

On page two in Menopause: What Can You Do To Help With The Menopause? the (Australasian) Jean Hailes for Women’s Health elaborate on:

  • “Seek information…
  • Be aware of practical strategies to stay cooler such as…
  • A healthy lifestyle can help to reduce symptoms of menopause: …
  • Keep a record of the physical and emotional symptoms troubling you and list their…
  • Talk to your doctor about menopause hormone therapy, or MHT (formerly called hormone replacement therapy, or HRT)…
  • If you cannot take MHT, other medications such as antidepressants – selective serotonin (SSRIs) or…
  • Seek advice on complementary therapies that may help including: …”.

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Where may I find more Menopause FAQs?

Menopause FAQs: Menopause SymptomsIn Menopause FAQs: Expert Answers To Frequently Asked Questions About Menopause you may find more Menopause FAQs. The NAMS explain:

“Navigate through the different topics to find answers from the experts on frequently asked questions about menopause, early menopause, menopause symptoms, hot flashes, hormone therapy, health after menopause, finding a menopause specialist, and more”.

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Last Updated: 19 January 2019 – Last Revised: 14 January 2019
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