500 Women Say This Is the Worst Symptom of Menopause

Most women cited this symptom of menopause as being the hardest to deal with.

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Going through menopause is a major turning point in a woman's life, and one that has implications for both her physical and mental health. In other words, there's far more to the experiences a woman has during this transitional life stage than just the fact that it signifies the end of her childbearing years. That's why Life Extension, a health and wellness research site, conducted a survey of menopausal and postmenopausal women about their experiences with various symptoms, food cravings, and weight gain. The average age of respondents was 50 years old, with a standard deviation of 14 years. Based on the responses of 512 women, these are the five worst symptoms of menopause. And for more female-focused health information, check out The No. 1 Sign of Poor Health No Woman Should Ever Ignore, Experts Say.

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Moodiness

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Women who experienced the symptom: 43 percent

Women who said it was the worst symptom: 9 percent

And for more things to keep your eye on as you get older, check out 30 Health Issues Every Woman Over 30 Should Start Looking Out For.

4
Depression

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Women who experienced the symptom: 37 percent

Women who said it was the worst symptom: 12 percent

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Restlessness

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Women who experienced the symptom: 50 percent

Women who said it was the worst symptom: 14 percent

And for more things you should know about your health, but don't, check out 60 Percent of Women Don't Know These Key Cancer Symptoms, Study Says.

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Night sweats

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Women who experienced the symptom: 58 percent

Women who said it was the worst symptom: 16 percent

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Hot flashes

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Women who experienced the symptom: 59 percent

Women who said it was the worst symptom: 30 percent

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