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Menopause
 
Standard Definition

Menopause is the normal cessation of the monthly female menstrual cycle. Since this change, which is dependent on diminished oestrogen production, does not normally occur abruptly, the transitional time leading up to complete finish of menses is called perimenopause. Perimenopause can last up to 4 years, and is characterized by irregular menstrual cycles and gradual increase of menopausal symptoms. Women who have not had a period for a year are considered postmenopausal. Most commonly, menopause takes place between the age of 45 and 55. Menopause is not a disease and is a natural process of aging, however the symptoms may be delayed or masked if the woman is taking Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT).

 
 
Underlying Disruption in Function

Many hormonal changes occur during menopause. Primarily as a result of reduced ovarian activity (ovulation and oestrogen production), levels of oestrogen and progesterone decrease. Associated symptoms are outlined below. Postmenopausal women are at increased risk of cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis as a result of these hormonal declines.

 
 
Possible Causes, Triggers & Exacerbating Factors

While menopause is part of the natural aging process in all women, the following factors may hasten the onset of menopause and menopausal-related symptoms:

  • Premature ovarian failure, surgical removal of ovaries
  • Smoking, excessive alcohol consumption
  • Cancer therapy
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Adrenal insufficiency
  • Low body fat
 
 
Common Signs & Symptoms
  • Irregular or changed menstrual pattern, including heavy bleeding or worsening PMS
  • Hot flushes or flashes
  • Night sweats, insomnia, nightmares
  • Vaginal dryness, reduced libido
  • Depression, anxiety, insomnia
  • Palpitations, dizziness, poor concentration
  • Headaches, migraines
  • Urinary tract infections, incontinence
  • Loss of skin and breast elasticity
  • Weight gain
 
 
Possible Additional Integrative Medicine Diagnostic Tests

This is additional information that does not replace nor negate conventional diagnosis. Other tests may be useful depending on the individual circumstance.

  • Hormone tests
 
 
Links & Other Information

Contact YourHealth for referenced material regarding this condition, any of the diagnostic tests or therapies mentioned.

 

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