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Dr. Janet Greenhut
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Menopause (Definition)

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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Does anyone out there have premature menopause that goes away?

Does anyone out there have premature menopause that goes away?

No: If it is truly premature menopause with high fsh levels in menopausal range, then no, this does not go away. There are women who do not have a period but are not menopausal do to hormonal imbalances, tumors, stress, chronic illness. Often when this improves, their hormones come back and they resume normal periods. ...Read more

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Dear, What would your advice be, to manage hot flashes, menopause already going on for 6 years, in individual working on night (and day) shifts. Thank?

Dear, What would your advice be, to manage hot flashes, menopause already going on for 6 years, in individual working on night (and day) shifts. Thank?

GYN evaluation: You made need HRT (hormone replacement therapy) using pills, creams or patches. You should get a current pelvic exam, female hormone levels, thyroid studies and a PAP. I suggest a thorough GYN exam ...Read more

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Hello, does thyroid hormones and menopause hormones go hand and hand? I have half thyroid and 1 ovary and 1 tube.

Hello, does thyroid hormones and menopause hormones go hand and hand? I have half thyroid and 1 ovary and 1 tube.

No.: The two systems are generally separate and are treated independently. Severe abnormalities of thyroid function or thyroid replacement will alter almost every body function including menstruation. ...Read more

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Fm 49, what is usually pattern of periods when they are about to go (menopause approaching). Do they necessarily become heavy, prolong and irregular?

No "normal": As a woman approaches menopause the menstrual pattern can change in many ways. Some women just stop (few and lucky), some have menses that are irregular (occasional skipping), some have worsening cramps, flow and pms.There are other reasons for heavy/prolonged menses such as fibroids, polyps, overgrowth of tissue. Talk to your doctor and see if you need evaluation (us/biopsy). ...Read more

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So body aches are common during menopause. Does it go away. Or is it something I'm going to have rest of my life. And what can I do.

So body aches are common during menopause. Does it go away. Or is it something I'm going to have rest of my life. And what can I do.

Things can be done: Aches, stiffness and joint pains are commonly experienced by menopausal women. These aches and pains commonly occur in the hands, knees, hips, lower back and shoulders.
Often medication and exercise and diet help to decrease these symptoms.
Gyn can recommend some supplements that will help to decrease some of these symptoms, --pain, sleep problems etc. ...Read more

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Is tiredness and aching body a system of menopause. I am going trow permenpause.

Sxs: When perimenopausal (the time leading up to your period stopping) you can have a # of sxs. Sxs may include waking up in the middle of the night sweating heavily; fatigue, depression, dryness of the vaginal tissue; irregularity of periods, joint pain, insomnia, hot flashes; mood swings & decreased interest in sex. In the us the ave age for menopause is 51. ...Read more

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Is there anything else that I can do or take for menopause with out going to my doctor. I have hot flushes and bloated and I am very moody.

Black Cohash: Take a trip to your local health food store. Naturally derived preparations containing estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone, are available as suppliments. These are at much lower potency then bioidentical hormones prescribed by your doctor from a compounding pharmacy, but depending on your level of deficiencies may produce some relief. ...Read more

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I'll be 49 this year. I have 3 fibroids. At my age should I just live with my heavy periods and pain, being do close to menopause? Will it go away?

I'll be 49 this year. I have 3 fibroids. At my age should I just live with my heavy periods and pain, being do close to menopause? Will it go away?

Possibly: When you go through menopause your heavy periods will stop. The average age of menopause in the us is 51. If your heavy periods are affecting your life then you should have a hysterectomy. If you can wait then go for it. Make sure you aren't becoming anemic with symptoms of weakness, fatigue, dizzyness and appearing pale. For a minimally invasive hysterectomy call my office 714-997-9595. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a doctor to prescribe Prozac for mood swings and high emotions during menopause I am going through menopause and am very emotional and have mood swings sometimes I feel like crying for no reason I jump at people these things are not norma

Is it normal for a doctor to prescribe Prozac for mood swings and high emotions during menopause I am going through menopause and am very emotional and have mood swings sometimes I feel like crying for no reason I jump at people these things are not norma

Work with your doc: Menopause usually occurs around age 52. As you are a lot younger, you may have experienced menopause through surgery (hysterectomy) or other medical reason. Sometimes, it is helpful to use antidepressants as women adjust to the changes of menopause. ...Read more

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Can I be going though menopause at 39?

Can I be going though menopause at 39?

Possible: The average age of menopause is 51, but some women experience it earlier or later. Your gyn can run the appropriate tests to see where you stand. ...Read more

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At what age do women go through menopause?

At what age do women go through menopause?

Varies: The average age of menopause is age 51. However, every woman is different. A minority of women will go through menopause in their early 40s or even late 50s. ...Read more

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Can a woman in early 40s go into menopause?

Perimenopause: Short answer is yes. Women often imitate what other female family members did so good idea to check on mom and older sister patterns in this. Women in this age may go through perimenopause, known as the menopausal transition. She may note less regular periods--often more spaced apart, poor sleep, hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, change in sex drive. Blood tests can confirm. ...Read more

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How do I know if im going through menopause?

How do I know if im going through menopause?

Cycles: By definition, menopause is going a full year without a period. The symptoms of menopause (hot flushes etc) may start early and may extend after the cycles stop. It varies tremendously for each person. My book "A Woman's Guide to Hormone Health" details both symptoms and treatment options. ...Read more

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Is it possible to go through menopause at 31?

Is it possible to go through menopause at 31?

Possible, not likely: If you are having hot flashes or NT sweats at age 31, I suspect they are from a side effect of a medication, such as antidepressant, or that you have Progesterone deficiency and/or adrenal fatigue/insufficiency. Other symptoms of menopause, such as mood swings and trouble sleeping, these can be related to above as well. Night sweats can also be a sign of something serious, so get evaluated. ...Read more

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Could I be going through menopause at agr 40?

Yes: Menopause can definitely occur at that age, or even earlier, if you have concerns, check w/your physician. ...Read more

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Could I be going through menopause at just 25?

Possible: There is an entity called 'premature menopause' - I have seen it. Please see a doctor. ...Read more

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How can I know if I am going through menopause?

How can I know if I am going through menopause?

Menopause: Symptoms include irregular, or light periods. One can feel hot flashes or moodiness. A physician can directly measure mid cycle estrogen which is low and/ or fsh levels which are elevated. ...Read more

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Sudden weiht gain after 45 going trough menopause?

Common, but check: Unfortunately, our metabolism slows down after menopause, which can cause many of us to gain weight. But any sudden weight change (up or down) without a significant change in lifestyle can be a warning sign that there is something wrong, so best to see your primary care doc for a complete physical and to discuss. If all else is okay physically, your doc can help with a weight loss plan, too. ...Read more

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Is it possible to be going through menopause at 34?

Is it possible to be going through menopause at 34?

Early Menopause: The average age for menopause in the states is about 55. Women tend to follow the same pattern as her mother. It is very unlikely you would be going through menopause at 34 unless you had a hysterectomy or other procedure that could have affected the blood supply to the ovaries. There is such a thing as premature ovarian failure, which can happen at any age. ...Read more

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Is it possible go through menopause at 32 years old?

Is it possible go through menopause at 32 years old?

Yes, but....: It would be considered "premature menopause". It is very unusual to go through menopause before 48 y/o. The average age in the us is 52 y/o, but many women start at around 48 y/o and others don't start the menopause until well into their 50's. Menopause at 36 y/o wouild be considered premature menopause and should be evaluated by your healthcare provider. ...Read more

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Can weight affect how early one goes into menopause?

NO: The age of menopause is determined by the number of eggs that a woman is born with. Fewer eggs means earlier menopause. That said, heavier women do have less menopausal symptoms because the fat tissue does produce some estrogen. ...Read more

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How long does the pain from going through menopause last?

????: Menopause should not cause any pain! If u are having pain u need to see your gyn for a work-up, menopause can cause bad hot flashes and other symptoms. ...Read more

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What are some of the symptoms of going through menopause?

What are some of the symptoms of going through menopause?

Menopause: I presume your periods have stopped for some time or are at longer intervals.

Please see your gynecologist when you can. You will be examined and the problems will be discussed. You are also likely to be given medication. ...Read more

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Need help. Is 38 too young to be going through menopause?

Yes: It would be considered "premature menopause". It is very unusual to go through menopause before 48 y/o. The average age in the us is 52 y/o, but many women start at around 48 y/o and others don't start the menopause until well into their 50's. Menopause at 38 y/o wouild be considered premature menopause and should be evaluated by your healthcare provider. ...Read more

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Is there any way to be sure I am going through menopause?

AGE/SYMPTOMS/TESTS: Menopause is a process that occurs over a ten year period of time in most women. Their symptoms, as well as their periods, come and go. This usually occurs between 44-56 years. Pay attention to your symptoms, both physical and emotional. While they can be very disturbing to many women, they can be helped safely and effectively. ...Read more

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What is the earliest people start going through menopause?

What is the earliest people start going through menopause?

Could be in 20's: Average age is 51 but the ovaries have been known to stop producing estrogen at a much younger age. Most premature menopausal women will need hormone therapy. ...Read more

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What could I do to find out if I'm going through menopause?

Classic Symptoms: Irregular or no periods, hot flushes, night sweats, sleeplessness, decreased libido, mood swings and vaginal dryness are the classic symptoms of menopause. The average age for menopause in the us is 52 y/o. At 38 y/o, menopause would be considered premature and should be evaluated by your healthcare provider. There are blood tests available to check for menopause as well (fsh). ...Read more

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