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What Are The Symptom Of Menopause
"Hot Flashes": Hot flashes are the main complaint of menopausal women. This is a flushing sensation usually accompanied by "drenching" sweats and a sensation of "hotness" due to a lack of estrogen. Other symptoms include scant or irregular menses progressing to absence of menses. Vaginal dryness is also a sign of menopause. Libido may change as well. If concerned see your pcp or gynecologist. They can help. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Irregular menses: Pre- or peri-menopause is often characterized by irregular periods. This means your period might come at different times of the month, might skip month(s), and might be longer or shorter than normal. (it's important to realize you could still get pregnant during this time!) other symptoms can include hot flashes, sleep disturbances, sexual dysfunction, breast pain, depressed mood, others. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Change in bleeding: The defining change is no bleeding for one year. During the peri menopausal period the most common change is irregular vaginal bleeding. Can be more but is usual less and less often. Eventually it slows to nothing. Skin, vaginal changes happen, sex drive changes, mood can change, your risk for heart disease and osteoporosis increases.Or it can be very uneventful and calm!every woman is different. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Varied: Common signs are changes in the timing of the cycles, hot flushes, mood and emotional changes, skin changes, vaginal dryness, and hair thinning. It must be remembered that symptoms vary wildly from woman to woman with some folks not experiencing any symptoms at all. I cover all these symptoms and treatment options in my book "A Woman's Guide to Hormone Health" ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No period: There is a blood test called fsh that can determine if you are in the menopause. Generally levels greater than 25-30 are suggestive of the menopause. Premature ovarian failure (pof) is the cessation of menses before the age of 38; and the most common cause in premature menopause. If you have pof, you should consult your gyn because it can sometimes be associated with other endocrine disorders. ...Read more
Take a test : Don't guess. Take a test. In today's world you do not need to wonder if you are pregnant or not based on symptoms. Pregnancy tests are available at any pharmacy and in minutes you will have your answer. They can detect a pregnancy 7-10 days after conception. The best time to take one is when you miss your period. ...Read more
Age-ist stereotyping: Menopause is the end of periods (for 1 yr) due to decline in functioning of the ovaries over many years. Around then other symptoms may occur due to disease, 'passage of time' or changes in endocrine glands, eg, thyroid. They're not reasons to mock, treat women poorly at home or on the job. Seeing gyn provider is a good start to sort out what is occurring and what to do to improve, maintain health. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
PMS or: Perimenstrual syndrome is a collection of emotional symptoms, with or without physical symptoms, related to a woman's menstrual cycle. The exact cause is unknown. Menopause is cessation of ovarian estrogen secretion, either due to age (which is a natural occurrence) or surgical removal. ...Read more
Pain, heavy periods: Adenomyosis is endometriosis in the wall of the uterus. It can make the uterus enlarged, tender and cause heavy, painful periods as well as painful sex. The symptoms can often be controlled with birth control pills, a Mirena (levonorgestrel) iud, or an endometrial ablation; but the condition remains. The only "cure" is to remove the uterus. ...Read more
Many, many possible: Symptoms may include: fatigue increased sensitivity to cold constipation dry skin unexplained weight gain puffy face hoarseness muscle weakness elevated blood cholesterol level muscle aches, tenderness and stiffness pain, stiffness or swelling in your joints heavier than normal or irregular menstrual periods thinning hair slowed heart rate depression impaired memory. ...Read more
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