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Weight Gain

Gaining weight and you don't know why?  Is your pear shape turning into an apple?  It could be Menopause.  About 90% of women gain weight during Menopause, usually somewhere around 10 to 15 pounds. Menopause weight gain occurs around the abdomen, not the hips and thighs as before Menopause.

Menopausal weight gain is a distressing symptom but it is important to not feel guilty about the extra pounds. Blame it on those fluctuating hormones. 

Vaginal Dryness

Low estrogen during Menopause can cause vaginal dryness, one of the least talked about symptoms of Menopause. Vaginal dryness can cause itching, result in pain and bleeding during intercourse, and put you at risk for developing vaginal infections.

Night Sweats

Menopausal night sweats are one of the most infamous symptoms of Menopause. They wake you up in the middle of the night, leaving you cold, drenched, and unable to fall back asleep. 

Like hot flashes, menopausal night sweats are a result of the drop in estrogen levels that your body experiences during Menopause. This drop confuses the hypothalamus – the body's "thermostat."  The hypothalamus somehow reads your body as "too hot," triggering intense perspiration in an effort to cool off this imaginary heat.