When you start reading menopause websites you will find long lists of symptoms. From your joints to your hair every possible human symptom will be listed. I don’t like these symptoms checkers lists as they can  be very confusing. Many of the listed symptoms are actually due to ageing and affect men as well.
In my clinical experience  I have shortened the list to four main symptoms.
These are the the symptoms that do affect your everyday quality of life.
If you score at least three of them and are in theright age group (over 45) then your diagnosis is made.
The symptoms are:
-hot flashes and night sweats
-trouble in sleeping (very often caused by the night sweats but not only)
-mood changes including anxiety and irritability
-tiredness (again very often caused by not sleeping well)
You can decide to put up with all of this baring in mind it could continue for 10 years or you can get some help. The choice is yours.