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When does menopause end?

When does menopause end?

Varies: Technically menopause ends with the last period, however you are probably referring to the symptoms of menopause. Symptoms may persists for a few months to several years. It varies tremendously and there is no way to predict for any one individual how long symptoms may persist ...Read more

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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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How long 'til I should worry about post-pill amenorrhea? Stopped pill 4 months ago and nothing since. I'm 34. Aunt went into menopause at 38. Thanks!

How long 'til I should worry about post-pill amenorrhea? Stopped pill 4 months ago and nothing since. I'm 34. Aunt went into menopause at 38. Thanks!

See GYN MD now: If it has been 4 months since pill cessation, a GYN MD can offer a "jumpstart" Rx to see if your period will restart. If not, assessment for peri menopausal issues can be done. ...Read more

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My period has stopped. Last date it was on was aug 31. I am 49 is this a sign of menopause?

My period has stopped. Last date it was on was aug 31. I am 49 is this a sign of menopause?

Probably.: It can start and stop for a year or so or just stop and never come back. Average age of menopause is 50. ...Read more

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Will fibroids stop growing during menopause? I did have spotting but it has stopped?

Will fibroids stop growing during menopause? I did have spotting but it has stopped?

Sometimes: In many women, their fibroids decrease in size after menopause, as many fibroids are estrogen dependent. If they grow after menopause, they should be removed, as they could be a cancer masquerading as a fibroid. If there is enlargement after menopause, do not panic. These are frequently benign, but cancer must be ruled out. ...Read more

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Had polyp removed. Small amount bleeding for a day then stopped for 2 days. Bleeding started again on 4th day. Not period as I'm post menopausal.

Had polyp removed. Small amount bleeding for a day then stopped for 2 days. Bleeding started again on 4th day. Not period as I'm post menopausal.

No worries!: Await the biopsy / pathology results. Not unusual to have spotting / bleeding after polypectomy, even bleeding that apparently stopped and restarted. Based on the results, your doctor will recommend the necessary treatments. Since it is of concern to you now, it might feel better to call your doctor for an opinion. ...Read more

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Why don't hot flashes stop after menopause? I've had hot flashes for almost ten years now, even though my periods stopped eight years ago. Menopause is over, so why am I still having symptoms? .

Menopause Is Forever: In menopause the ovaries are no longer producing both estrogen (estradiol) and progesterone, which are potent female hormones. Every cell in a woman's body has estrogen and Progesterone receptors, not just the reproductive system, so the entire body suffers once in menopause. Find an integrative medicine doctor who specializes in menopause. They are best trained to prescribe bioidentical hrt. ...Read more

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I stopped my pill after 12 1/2 years to try for a baby my last period was july 3rd im not pregnant though am I going through the menopause?

I stopped my pill after 12 1/2 years to try for a baby my last period was july 3rd im not pregnant though am I going through the menopause?

Different: It is different for every woman, some may be able to conceive immediately while others it will take longer. There is a possibility of menopause, I would have your regular doctor discuss this with you because your primary doctor knows more about your personal history and would be able to better answer any questions you may have :]. ...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?

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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I'm 31 and having hot flashes and night sweets could I be starting menopause? My mother had stopped her period by age 40

It could be: If you have a family history of premature ovarian failure (formerly called premature menopause), then you can have it too. Other predisposing factors are autoimmune diseases, a history of radiation and/or chemotherapy. A blood test of your fsh can be useful. ...Read more