Menopause: cause, symptoms, treatment

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Published: September 22, 2022, 04:26 PM

Menopause: cause, symptoms, treatment

What is menopause?

When you reach menopause, you will no longer get monthly periods. It is a signal which means you are at the end of your fertile, reproductive years and is a typical component of aging. Usually, menopause starts in your late 40s or early 50s. However, surgical menopause is experienced "suddenly" among those who have had their ovaries removed.

Why does it happen?

Any medical condition that could artificially stop bleeding, such as hormonal birth control, an overactive thyroid, excessive prolactin, radiation, or surgical removal of the ovaries indicates menopause. It is defined as a full year without menstrual flow.

The reproductive cycle slows down and prepares to stop the cycle as you get older. Since puberty, this cycle has been running consistently. Your ovaries produce less estrogen as menopause approaches.

What are the symptoms of menopause?

1. Night sweats and cold flashes.

2. Vaginal dryness

3. Frequent urinary urgency 

4. Insomnia

5. Mood swings depression. 

6. Skin irritation. 

Can menopause be treated?

When considering menopausal treatment with your doctor, focus on addressing the symptoms that are interfering with your daily life. The symptoms of menopause can be treated in a variety of ways.

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