Hot flashes. Night sweats. Fatigue. Depression. Increased anxiety or irritability. The need to urinate more often. A lower sex drive. Reduced muscle mass and... ugh... weight gain.
We're all familiar with the telltale symptoms of menopause, which signals the end of a woman's childbearing years. Whether brought on naturally, or through illness or surgery, the decrease in estrogen in a woman's body will inevitably close that childbearing chapter.