and the list goes on.
Regardless, it tends to occur quite frequently so tightening up the diet and changing (or starting!) an exercise routine is critical.
4) Sex drive
This is truly a terrible flaw in the female system. As many women enter into menopause they find their sex drive starts to decrease. This is the course of the female body as menopausal women are no longer looking to reproduce and as hormones decline, her sex drive follows suit.
Naturally, many women want to continue to enjoy a healthy, happy sex drive and find the lack of interest and subsequent vaginal dryness ... a little irritating.
5) Everything else
Many women do not realize that the hormone changes of menopause can induce night sweats, hot flashes, foggy thinking, hair loss, increased joint pain, skin changes, bone loss, insomnia, urinary leakage and more.
Ladies, take heart. Just because these symptoms are common does not mean they have to be your new normal, especially if they are interfering with daily life. Seek help if the anxiety becomes overwhelming, the sleepless nights are leading to exhaustion, the foggy brain and hot flashes are unbearable, and if sex is painful.
Testing for adrenal, thyroid and female hormones is very helpful for seeing the bigger picture and there are several options for treatment. Talk with your health care provider today or seek out an expert in the field of hormone changes.
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