Demystifying Menopause: 23 Must-Know Tips from Cleveland Clinic Experts

Recognize early symptoms and marshall your wellness power well before hot flashes hit (23 Photos)

Cleveland Clinic/360-5.com on Jun 4, 2012 at 12:00AM

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Demystifying Menopause: 23 Must-Know Tips from Cleveland Clinic Experts

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Why do hormonal imbalances wreak such havoc?

Hormones play a part in everything from the way our brain functions to our sex drive and
cholesterol levels. So it's not surprising to learn that when menopause throws off this
delicate balance of estrogen and progesterone, our body reacts by going a little — or a
lot — haywire. As a result, you might experience symptoms such as hot flashes,
insomnia, night sweats or vaginal dryness. Some people also experience difficulty concentrating, weight gain, mood swings or depression around the same time. It's hard to say if these are due to
aging or menopause, but lifestyle changes can make a big difference.

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