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Menstrual Cycle (Definition)

The menstrual cycle begins with the shedding of the uterine lining, resulting in bleeding from the vagina. A few weeks later, one ovary releases an egg and the uterine lining thickens in preparation for a potential pregnancy. Pregnancy can occur at this stage if sperm fertilizes the egg. If the egg is not fertilized, the egg will leave your body and ...Read more


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I have been regular all my life with my menstrual period. I am 49 and it stopped suddenly. Is menopause that sudden? What I should expect now?

I have been regular all my life with my menstrual period. I am 49 and it stopped suddenly. Is menopause that sudden? What I should expect now?

Expect "changes": The changes in your body which happen with menopause are very individual. It is more common to have irregular bleeding with missing a month or two then starting again. You may still have more periods too. Hot flashes , mood changes, etc may or may not affect you. Every woman is a bit unique after all! ...Read more

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After not having a menstrual period for five years from menopause, why would light bleeding occur?

After not having a menstrual period for five years from menopause, why would light bleeding occur?

Endometrial cancer. : Once you are in menopause, unless you are on cyclic bioidentical hrt, it is not normal to have any bleeding. You need to go to your gyn and be evaluated to make sure you don't have endometrial thickening or uterine cancer. It could also be due to a benign polyp. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about the menstrual cycle and does it end at menopause?

Can you tell me about the menstrual cycle and does it end at menopause?

Yes: You are born with all of the eggs you will ever use in your lifetime. At some point, these eggs run out and you stop getting your period. Menopause is defined as no period for 12 months. It is usually associated with hotflashes among other symptoms. There are resources online, such as the north american menopause society that can help. ...Read more

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Started menstrual cycle about three days before my eleventh birthday, around what age will i begin experiencing menopause?

Hard to know: The average age of menopause (meaning the period stops) is about age 51, but it can occur any time from age 40 to age 55. The time when you will go through menopause is highly variable, depending on your general state of health, whether you smoke, your weight. When you started your periods is not a good predictor of when menopause will come. ...Read more

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Is it really necessary to take any medications to get through menopause? #nqlu I am basically healthy, still have menstrual cycles (which are changing), and feel okay other than fatigue. And, I have no healt insurance so bio-identicals etc are not possibl

Not necessary: It's not required that you take hormones for menopause, but it's the way to minimize the accelerated aging symptoms associated with loss of estrogen, Progesterone and testosterone. There are several supplements that can ease symptoms as well, though the supplements don't address the physical changes which are delayed by hrt. ...Read more

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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


Menstrual (Definition)

Menstrual refers to the monthly cycle in women which prepares the female for ovulation, generally once per month, which is that time of month that the egg can be fertilized by the male sperm, for the purpose of reproduction. Menstrual cycles start at the first day of menstruation. (it's always been curious to me that 'menstrual' and ...Read more