Is It Menopause?

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Filed Under: Women's Health
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Do you ever wonder if what you think are menopause symptoms really are menopause symptoms? Well, by answering the following questions, you may be able to know for sure. If you answer yes to most or all of these questions, then you are likely entering the menopausal phase of your life.

  • My last period was 6 months or longer ago (real menopause).
  • My periods are lighter, less frequent, and of shorter duration (late perimenopause).
  • I'm 46 or older.
  • I'm having hot flashes.
  • Intercourse is painful.
  • My desire for sex has faded.
  • I have difficulty achieving orgasm.
  • I have frequent vaginal infections.
  • I leak urine when I laugh, cough, sneeze, exercise, or wait too long to void.
  • I've lost my zest for life.
  • I have difficulty sleeping through the night.
  • I'm frequently tired.
  • I'm anxious and irritable.
  • I forget small details.
  • My skin is drier, thinner, and more wrinkled.
  • My muscles are losing their tone.
  • I'm gaining weight.
  • My joints and/or muscles ache.
  • I have itchy, crawly skin.
  • I sometimes feel as if electric shocks were going through my body.
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