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Postmenopausal (Overview)

After the menopause.


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What can cause postmenopausal bleeding and is there cause for concern?

What can cause postmenopausal bleeding and is there cause for concern?

Yes be concerned!!: Please see your gyn as post menopausal bleeding can be from benign causes but cancer or pre- cancer must always be ruled out! ...Read more

Postmenopausal (Overview)

After the menopause.


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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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Can a postmenopausal women with antiphospolipid syndrome be treated with bioidentical progesterone and testosterone for symptom relief?

Can a postmenopausal women with antiphospolipid syndrome be treated with bioidentical progesterone and testosterone for symptom relief?

Antiphospholipid: Please look up the "Antiphospholipid syndrome" and carefully read the article on the web.
In my opinion, treatment with bio-identical progesterone and testosterone is not related to the antiphospholipid syndrome but you must soon discuss this with your doctor.
Please let me know how things turn out. ...Read more

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At what time do I consider myself postmenopausal?

At what time do I consider myself postmenopausal?

No periods: When you have not had periods for the past 6 months-12 months and are of age (can happen early, however) and your ovaries no longer work, you are post menopausal. When your periods change at this time and slow down and are infrequent, you are peri-menopausal. Blood tests can prove this, but it is usually a clinical diagnosis. Discuss with your pcp/gyn on your yearly visit unless you have problems. ...Read more

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What are the treatment options for postmenopausal bleeding? I had a biopsy and ultrasound. No cancer but uterine walls are thicker than gyn likes.

What are the treatment options for postmenopausal bleeding? I had a biopsy and ultrasound. No cancer but uterine walls are thicker than gyn likes.

Depends: Specific recommendations depend on the amount of bleeding, age and the appearance of the lining. Some cases need visualization with hysteroscopy and possible a D and C. Some need to be treated with medication such as Progesterone. Some will need a hysterectomy ...Read more

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How do I get rid of hyper pigmintattion?

How do I get rid of hyper pigmintattion?

Hydroquinone: Hyperpigmentation if often caused be inflammation du to injury or infection and the action of the sun. Hydroquinone, and sunscreens can revers the process and improve the hyperpigmentation. ...Read more

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Drug interactions of estrogen & testosterone if postmenopausal?

Drug interactions of estrogen & testosterone if postmenopausal?

Why testosterone?: Do you mean interactions between the two or between e and t and other drugs? First of all, it is not recommended that women take testosterone at all. Re: estrogen and other drugs- it can affect the levels of other drugs that circulate in the blood bound to proteins, like levothyroxine and warfarin. ...Read more

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Does calcium supplementation prevent postmenopausal bone loss?

Does calcium supplementation prevent postmenopausal bone loss?

No: But it will enhance bone remodeling, and if on bisphosphonate agent, it will potentiate it's effect as shown in a recent study. Concomitant vitamin d is recommended. Talk with your doctor. ...Read more

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I was told I was postmenopausal however I still have periods I'm only 27 I'm wondering is since I still have periods can I still get pregnante?

I was told I was postmenopausal however I still have periods I'm only 27 I'm wondering is since I still have periods can I still get pregnante?

Please get a 2nd: Opinion, at 27 you should not be menopausal and you should not be menopausal if you are still having periods, you need to see a board certified obgyn for an evaluation of you, you need blood work and an ultrasound and the doc can determine how much ovarian function you have. ...Read more

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When does my risk for hypothyroidism rise? Postmenopausal 2 years

When does my risk for hypothyroidism rise? Postmenopausal 2 years

Thyroid and aging: The risk of hypothyroidism increases with age. There is no way to know who will get it but family history of thyroid disease is one strong indicator. If you suspect you have hypothyroidism, see your doctor for a blood test. Hypothyroidism symptoms are non-specific and could be caused by many other things beside thyroid. ...Read more

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At what time do I consider myself postmenopausal?

No periods: When you have not had periods for the past 6 months-12 months and are of age (can happen early, however) and your ovaries no longer work, you are post menopausal. When your periods change at this time and slow down and are infrequent, you are peri-menopausal. Blood tests can prove this, but it is usually a clinical diagnosis. Discuss with your pcp/gyn on your yearly visit unless you have problems. ...Read more

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What are the routine tests for a healthy postmenopausal woman at 50, 60?

What are the routine tests for a healthy postmenopausal woman at 50, 60?

Here's a list: The following tests are the most supported in medical research at this age: pap smears, mammograms, colon cancer screening with colonoscopy or testing stool for hidden blood, BP checks, and checks for depression and alcohol problems. Other tests are not proven. There are also vaccines and behavior recommendations at these ages. A good resource is the iphone app called my health checklist 2012. ...Read more

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Is brownish postmenopausal discharge concerning?

Would have it: Checked out by your gynecologist. Brown discharge is often older, deoxygenated blood. Since you are postmenopausal would want to know why you are bleeding. Take care. ...Read more

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What can cause postmenopausal bleeding and is there cause for concern?

Yes be concerned!!: Please see your gyn as post menopausal bleeding can be from benign causes but cancer or pre- cancer must always be ruled out! ...Read more

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How can you tell if you're postmenopausal after having a hysterectomy but no oophrectomy?

How can you tell if you're postmenopausal after having a hysterectomy but no oophrectomy?

No difference: If a woman was not menopausal before a hysterectomy with her ovaries left behind, she will not be menopausal after the hysterectomy. She may experience menopausal symptoms for about 6 - 8 weeks, after which the ovaries will have adjusted to releasing their hormones into just one instead of two veins draining hormones from the ovaries. ...Read more

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Why would you have redundant tissue if you have never had children, have had hysterectomy and are postmenopausal?

Why would you have redundant tissue if you have never had children, have had hysterectomy and are postmenopausal?

Of what?: Your question is incomplete, what tissue/ hollow structure exactly was prolapsing, rectum, vaginal vault, what? Need you to clarify the comment to answer question, rectal prolapses can happen with or without a uterus present... ...Read more

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I have been postmenopausal for 18 years. I just notice a very light pinkish spot and then it stopped. What could be going on? I'm concerned.

I have been postmenopausal for 18 years. I just notice a very light pinkish spot and then it stopped. What could be going on? I'm concerned.

Spot: It could be a variety of things from vaginal atrophy, trauma from recent intercourse, urinary tract source, vaginal infeciton and endometrial atrophy. If it recurs it would be best to see a gynecologist to make sure its not endometrial hyperplasia. Being diabetics infection would be a common source ...Read more

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What are the effects of gonorrhea on postmenopausal?

What are the effects of gonorrhea on postmenopausal?

Little difference: Being postmenopausal, you don't have to worry about infertility, but everything else is fair-game. Gonorrhea is quite easily transmitted and you may experience "systemic infection" (infection spreads via blood) and could potentially be fatal. Folks with 1 std often carry others such as hiv/herpes/syphilis as well. So, please check in with your doc if you have concern. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is postmenopausal laparoscopic oophorectomy?

Surgical procedure: It's a minimally invasive surgical procedure, utilizing small incisions and a camera as well as narrow diameter instruments to operate within a body cavity. Oophorectomy means to remove an ovary. Postmenopausal refers to a women who has stopped menstruating, and has left their reproductive years. ...Read more

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My endometrial lining is 7mm thick and I am postmenopausal, what does this mean?

Think endometrium: This is thicker than normal for a postmenopausal woman, so it means that you will need evaluation of your endometrium in the form of endometrial biopsy or d&c. The results are often benign, but a biopsy will be done to rule out endometrial cancer or endometrial hyperplasia. ...Read more

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I just asked. A.Question about pain on both sides of abdomen. I am postmenopausal 54 year old.

Many possibilities: Cramping (off and on every few minutes) pain is gastrointestinal. Steady pain that is made worse by walking and by pressing on the abdomen could involve inflammation of the peritoneum and could be a surgical problem. It could also be a urinary tract infection. Pain aggravated by eating is likely to be either from gallbladder or intestine. Pain relieved by eating could be gastritis or ulcer. ...Read more

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I am a postmenopausal woman I have been taking pravastatin 40 mg for two years. Can I just stop taking?

I am a postmenopausal woman I have been taking pravastatin 40 mg for two years. Can I just stop taking?

Yes: There's no rebound, but understand that any benefit you received from taking the medicine for the last 2 years will soon be lost once you stop taking it. ...Read more

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I am postmenopausal my endometrium measures 6 mm I am braca 2 positive. What concerns should I have? Results from biopsy not back yet.

I am postmenopausal my endometrium measures 6 mm I am braca 2 positive. What concerns should I have? Results from biopsy not back yet.

Obviously: Your doc is concerned about endometrial cancer. They should have explained it at the consent for the biopsy. Ask more questions about your risks from either your provider or genetic counselor who performed your brava test. ...Read more

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Why do postmenopausal women have night sweats?

Why do postmenopausal women have night sweats?

Estrogen: Night sweats must be distinguished from other disorders involving sweating. Night sweats are drenching sweats that require changing bedclothes or bedsheets. Postmenopausal women can get hot flashes or night sweats. The cause of hot flashes is unknown. They are thought to be due to thermoregulatory dysfunction involving the hypothalamus by estrogen withdrawal. ...Read more

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Is there any way to enhance postmenopausal sexual arousal?

Yes: More foreplay, mix it up. Not the same routine, have fun and take your time, also there are medicines your gyn doctor can prescribe to help. Good luck, and enjoy! ...Read more

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How does an estrogen increase or cause postmenopausal cancer?

How does an estrogen increase or cause postmenopausal cancer?

Cell growth: Any chemical that promotes cell growth may be involved in carcinogenesis. Estrogen is a natural growth promoter. ...Read more