Changes in your body during the menopause
BMJ Group Medical Reference
Physical changes are common around the time of the menopause. You may put on weight around your waist or lose muscle. Your skin can become thinner and lose its elasticity so you get more wrinkles and lines.  Some women also have pain in their joints and muscles, and feel stiffer and less supple.
Researchers aren't sure whether these changes are linked to the changes in the levels of hormones that happen during the menopause, or whether they are part of the general process of getting older.
Hormones are chemicals that are made in certain parts of the body. They travel through the bloodstream and have an effect on other parts of the body. For example, the female sex hormone oestrogen is made in a woman's ovaries. Oestrogen has many different effects on a woman's body. It makes the breasts grow at puberty and helps control periods. It is also needed to get pregnant.
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