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Overview

In addition to dealing with hot flashes, mood swings, and other symptoms that accompany menopause, many women undergoing premature menopause have to cope with additional physical and emotional concerns.

The term "menopause" is commonly used to describe any of the changes a woman experiences either just before or after she stops menstruating, marking the end of her reproductive period.

Causes and Symptoms

Some women experience induced menopause as a result of surgery or medical treatments, such as chemotherapy and pelvic radiation therapy.

If menopausal symptoms occur, they may include hot flashes, night sweats, pain during intercourse, increased anxiety or irritability, and the need to urinate more often.

Loss of estrogen is believed to be the cause of many of the symptoms associated with menopause.

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Diagnosis and Tests

Because hormone levels may fluctuate greatly in an individual woman, even from one day to the next, they are not a reliable indicator for diagnosing menopause.

So what about this new home menopause kit? It tests the level of FSH (follicle-stimulating hormone) in the urine.

Hot Flashes/Sweats

Hot flashes occur in more than two-thirds of North American women during perimenopause and almost all women with induced menopause or premature menopause.

Doctors often hear their patients complain of night sweats. Night sweats refer to excess sweating during the night.

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