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Symptoms that Indicate Menopause Is Near

By Marcia L. Jones, Theresa Eichenwald, Nancy W. Hall

Part of Menopause For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Most women begin experiencing menopause symptoms, which are the result of hormones getting out of balance, while they’re still having periods. If you experience any or all of the following symptoms, check with your doctor — you may be approaching the change.

  • Dry skin or hair

  • Fuzzy thinking (difficulty concentrating)

  • Heart flutters (rapid heartbeats)

  • Hot flashes (also called hot flushes)

  • Insomnia or interrupted sleep

  • Irregular periods

  • Irritability

  • Memory lapses

  • Mood swings

  • Urinary problems (frequent urination or incontinence)

  • Vaginal dryness