While menopause is a natural part of aging for a woman, the symptoms and associated emotional and physical transformation can widely vary. Women often find it difficult to discuss these symptoms with a healthcare professional due to embarrassment, especially when these symptoms are specific to lack of sexual drive or painful intercourse (dyspareunia). Menopause affects women differently, yet many premenopausal women suffer in silence with dyspareunia.
Here we explore the typical phases and symptoms of menopause:
1. Menopausal phases
Menopause refers to a period of transition in a woman’s life, which lasts until her final menstrual period. Many don’t know that this transition occurs in the following stages:
2. Menopause symptoms
Symptoms associated with menopause are most frequently experienced during the perimenopausal phase. Most women experience some or all of these symptoms, but they may impact a woman differently from an emotional and sexual perspective. The most common symptoms are: