For most women, menopause happens around age 50, but every woman's body has its own timeline. Some women stop having periods in their mid-40s while others continue well into their 50s. When women reach the menopause years, the symptoms may vary. Some women have only a few mild symptoms while others have severe symptoms that disrupt their daily lives and may need medical treatment.
At Loma Linda Medical Center, we understand that each woman experiences menopause in her own unique way. That’s why we’ve developed this assessment tool to help you sort out how you’re responding to this “change of life.” The assessment is also helpful when you discuss your symptoms with your doctor.
| I Experience the Following Symptoms || Never || Hardly Ever || Occasionally || Frequently ||Always|
|Hot flashes and/or night sweats|
Moodiness and irritability
|Loss of energy and feel more fatigued|
|Feel more anxious|
|Insomnia, difficulty falling asleep or difficulty staying asleep|
|Vaginal dryness, itching or burning|
|Decreased sex drive|
|Painful sexual intercourse|
|More and frequent headaches|
Because menopause is a natural part of growing older, you probably don’t need treatment for it unless the symptoms bother you and affect the quality of your life. Knowing what to expect can help you design a plan to help you stay as healthy as possible during this new phase of your life. We encourage talking with your doctor to learn more about menopause and to help you take control.