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Dr. Janet Greenhut
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Menopause (Definition)

Menopause is defined as the absence of menstrual periods for 12 months. During menopause, the ovaries stop producing estrogen and progesterone. After the complete transition into menopause, women can no longer get pregnant. The average age for menopause is 51 years old. Symptoms include dry vaginal tissue, irregular periods, hot flashes, mood ...Read more


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How long does night sweats and hot flashes last? I'm in menopause

How long does night sweats and hot flashes last?  I'm in menopause

Night sweats.: Too long! Please make an appointment to see your gynecologist as soon as you can. You will be well looked after. Gynecologists know what neds to be done. ...Read more

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My girlfriend started nuvaring, how long will the menopause-like symptoms last for? Spotting, hot flashes, mood swings, decreased libido

My girlfriend started nuvaring, how long will the menopause-like symptoms last for? Spotting, hot flashes, mood swings, decreased libido

2-3 months: These symptoms typically resolve with the first 2-3 cycles of any combination (estrogen and progesterone containing) hormonal birth control. This includes the pill and Nuvaring. If they persist she should talk to her doctor again about maybe changing formulations. ...Read more

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How long does pre-menopause last? I've been dealing with the symptoms of menopause, with hot flashes and thinning hair and all of that, for about four years now, but i'm still getting periods about once every two or three months. When is this going to sto

How long does pre-menopause last? I've been dealing with the symptoms of menopause, with hot flashes and thinning hair and all of that, for about four years now, but i'm still getting periods about once every two or three months. When is this going to sto

I : I am sorry that you are going through all of that. The average pre-menopause and menopause last anywhere from 2-6 years depending on the patient. I am not sure of your age. The average age of period cessation for women is 53-54. As yours has been going on for so long, seeing a gynecologist to discuss your symptoms and possible treatment would be a reasonable consideration. In addition, other causes of hair thinning, such as hypothyroidism, should be ruled out, though certainly hair does thin for some women through menopause. ...Read more

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In the last year and a half I have gained about 70 pounds... no eating change and increased activity, do have menopause symptoms..severe hot flashes, ?

In the last year and a half I have gained about 70 pounds... no eating change and increased activity, do have menopause symptoms..severe hot flashes, ?

15 is average: 15-20 pounds is average during menopause. You weight is above the normal range and you should seek out an explanation from a health professional. That kind of weight gain can lead to diabetes, high blood pressure. Consult with your health professional and best of health to you ...Read more

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How long does it take black cohosh to start working? I'm trying to relieve the hot flashes and sweats associated with menopause.

How long does it take black cohosh to start working?  I'm trying to relieve the hot flashes and sweats associated with menopause.

Black cohosh: I disagree with my colleague's opinion about black cohosh, which is not just a "pop" remedy. It does have research supporting its use. A recent example: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/22157510 and also http://tinyurl.Com/lnovtea you should see some results in a few weeks of consistent dosing. 20 mg of a standardized extract twice daily. If no help, work w/an integrative ob-gyn. ...Read more

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Last 2 periods - painful & hvy. I was supposed to get my period on 3/31 & spotted light that day that's it. 46 w/ hot flashes. Can it be "menopause"?

Last 2 periods - painful & hvy. I was supposed to get my period on 3/31 & spotted light that day that's it. 46 w/ hot flashes. Can it be "menopause"?

Pre-menopause: Sounds like the early stages of heading towards menopause. I tell my patients that irregularity tends to be the regular thing for most people at this stage of their lives. However, that doesn't mean that there is nothing you can do to make the transition more gentle. Talk to your doctor about options. ...Read more

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I'm 67 long past menopause but i've been experiencing "hot flashes" again. I take 10 mg of prednisone daily and a shot of methotrexate weekly. Are these drugs causing flashes?

I'm 67 long past menopause but i've been experiencing "hot flashes" again. I take 10 mg of prednisone daily and a shot of methotrexate weekly. Are these drugs causing flashes?

Possibly: Hormones are a type of steroid. They have similar chemical pathways in which your body can process them. It is also possible that you are having a side effect similar to a hot flash. ...Read more

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48yr old last period 3 months ago.Onset hot flashes. Hormone levels in"postmenopausal range"estrogen 11.8. These mean menopause is over by post?

48yr old last period 3 months ago.Onset hot flashes. Hormone levels in"postmenopausal range"estrogen 11.8. These mean menopause is over by post?

Not necessarily: First, the definition of menopause is cessation of periods for one year straight without other causes. A single estrogen level doesn't mean anything. Especially in the last 5-7 years before menopause, your estrogen level will fluctuate from day to day and may be in the menopausal range one day and normal premenopausal the next. I don't waste the patients time doing levels. ...Read more

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Dr. Ron Eaker
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Hot Flashes (Definition)

Hot flashes are feelings of warmth that are most intense in the head, neck, and chest areas. They can result in extreme perspiration, which can lead to chills. Hot flashes are generally linked to menopause but might also be a result ...Read more