Menopause. Do you find yourself shivering whenever you hear or think of this word? If you do, you are not the only one. A lot of women may feel queasy just thinking about this natural phenomenon. Why do many women feel this way about menopause? Well, it may be largely due to the myths surrounding the issue and the various discomforts that middle-aged women experience as they go through menopause. Well, truth be known, not all of the pains and discomforts associated with menopause can be tied to this natural phenomenon. Technically speaking, the only real symptoms of menopause are hot flashes (or flushes), night sweating and menopause induced vaginal dryness. All other symptoms associated with this new phase in the middle aged woman's life such as insomnia, mood swings, depression and weight gain can be considered as signs of aging and are not due to menopause. No matter how discomforting the symptoms of menopause may be, the good news is that there are a lot of ways to go about it. There are a lot of natural remedies available within your reach, if you only knew what to look for. Consider these strategies - they can be the ones that can help you manage the symptoms more easily: Keep your cool. Your body's thermostat may stop functioning properly once the level of estrogen in your body starts to decline. When this happens, you may experience extremely hot or cold sensations regardless of whatever the prevailing weather and the temperature may be at the moment. This event leads to that much controversial (and dreaded) hot flashes and night sweating during menopause.