Menopause is the physiological cessation of menstrual cycles associated with advancing age in species that experience such cycles. Menopause is sometimes referred to as change of life or climacteric. Overview Menopause occurs as the ovaries stop producing estrogen, causing the reproductive system to gradually shut down. As the body adapts to the changing levels of natural hormones, vasomotor symptoms such as hot flashes and palpitations, psychological symptoms such as increased depressi ...
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Bone Densitometry and Menopause
... Bone mineral density testing, also known as bone densitometry, quickly and accurately measures the amount of calcium in certain parts of your bones. From this information, your doctor can determine ho...
Source: Cleveland Clinic

Pap Test and Menopause
... A Pap smear is a test used to look for changes in the cells of the cervix that show cervical cancer or conditions that may develop into cancer. All women who are or who have been sexually active, or w...
Source: Cleveland Clinic

Signs and symptoms
... Every woman experiences menopause differently. Even the age at which menopause begins may be unique to you. Some women reach menopause in their 30s or 40s, and some not until their 60s, but menopause ...
Source: MayoClinic

Causes
... Menopause begins naturally when your ovaries start making less estrogen and progesterone. During your reproductive years, these hormones regulate your monthly cycles of ovulation and menstruation. In ...
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Risk factors
... Menopause is usually a natural process. But certain surgical or medical treatments can bring on menopause earlier than expected. These include: Hysterectomy. A hysterectomy that removes your uterus, b...
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When to seek medical advice
... It''s important to see your doctor during both perimenopause and postmenopause for preventive health care as well as care of medical conditions that may occur with aging. Although some problems attrib...
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Screening and diagnosis
... The signs and symptoms of menopause are enough to tell most women they have begun going through the transition. If you have concerns about irregular periods or hot flashes, talk with your doctor. In s...
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Resources

  • (National Women's Health Information Center, OWH, HHS)
  • (National Women's Health Information Center, OWH, HHS)