All women will have a different experience of the menopause. Some will barely notice any symptoms while others will need medications to help them cope. There are a wide range of possible symptoms, but the most common are hot flushes and night sweats. 

Common symptoms include:
  • Hot flushes, sweats and sometimes palpitations
  • Insomnia (difficulty sleeping)
  • Low mood
  • Mood swings and irritability
  • Lowered sex drive (libido)
  • Dry skin, hair and nails
  • Bone thinning (osteoporosis) 
  • Vaginal dryness and pain during sex
  • Psychological effects such as poor memory, loss of confidence and low self esteem
  • Passing urine more often and increased risk of urinary infections
  • Breast changes
  • Aches and pains. 

"Symptoms of the Menopause." Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust. N.p., 19 Aug. 2013. Web. 02 Mar. 2015.