Any changes in your periods?
This question is intended to determine if you are menopausal and to screen for unexpected vaginal bleeding.
Are you having any hot flashes?
Hot flashes are described as a sudden temporary onset of body warmth, flushing and sweating and can vary in severity. Hot flashes and night sweats occur to some degree in the majority of menopausal women. Joint pains may occur instead of or in addition to hot flashes in some populations.
Any vaginal dryness, pain or sexual concerns?
Many menopausal women will develop dryness of the vaginal tissues due to reductions in estrogen levels. This can lead to local pain and sexual complaints.
Are you having any bladder issues or incontinence?
Reduced estrogen can also lead to frequent urination, recurrent bladder infections and difficulty with bladder control (incontinence). These vaginal and bladder symptoms are called GSM (the genitourinary syndrome of menopause) and may respond to menopausal treatments.
How is your sleep?
New sleep difficulties
New sleep difficulties are common, particularly during the perimenopause (the months before and after the final menstrual period).
How is your mood?
New or increased anxiety, irritability, depression or low mood
New or worsening mood symptoms can be common particularly during the perimenopause and can cause significant distress. These symptoms tend to improve in the years after menopause.