Dr. Ankita Malewar ( Paunikar )




Women who are menopausal or perimenopausal can experience a variety of symptoms — to varying degrees. Some women can have their lives disrupted by severe symptoms while others may experience only a few minor symptoms. Here are the common symptoms of menopause and perimenopause:

The symptoms of menopause and perimenopause-

  • Irregular periods – heavy bleeding, light bleeding, skipped periods, longer/shorter duration
  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Headaches
  • Sleeping difficulties / insomnia
  • Emotional changes / mood swings
  • Diminished libido
  • Sensation of rapid or uneven heartbeat
  • Memory lapses or cognitive problems
  • Vaginal dryness or infections
  • Joint pain
  • Seek treatment for symptoms that affect your quality of life.
If symptoms are mild, you may not feel the need to see a doctor. As a natural part of life, menopause is not a disease requiring treatment. However, it’s important to seek treatment if your symptoms are annoying, upsetting, embarrassing, uncomfortable or disruptive. In short, please do not suffer through menopause, because there is no need to. Also, even if symptoms are mild enough to tolerate, it’s vital to keep up your annual Well-Woman exams, as menopause also marks an increase for heart disease risk and osteoporosis.


A healthy lifestyle can decrease symptoms — and lower your risks related to aging. Specifically, you should:
  • Eat a healthy diet low in saturated fat; rich in fruits, vegetables, fish, beans and high-fiber grains/breads; with sufficient calcium and vitamin D
  • Get regular exercise to manage weight, maintain heart and bone health and lift mood
  • Limit stress
  • Limit caffeine