How to Choose a Doctor
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Getting the Most From Your Doctor’s Appointment
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Talking to Your Doctor About Menopause
Knowing how to talk to your doctor or other members of your health care team can help you get the information you need about menopause . Here are some tips for better communication.
Menopause and Perimenopause - Overview
What are menopause, perimenopause, and postmenopause?Menopause is the milestone in every woman's life that marks the end of her reproductive years. When you have had no menstrual periods for 1 year, you have reached menopause. While the average age of menopause is around 50, every woman's body has its own unique timeline. Some women stop menstruating in their mid - 40s, and others continue well ..
Menopause and Perimenopause - What Happens
In your late 30s, your egg supply begins to decline in number and quality. As a result, your hormone production changes-you may notice a shortened menstrual cycle and some premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms that you didn't have before.Perimenopause As your egg supply continues to decline, your ovulation and menstruation become irregular. This can start as early as your late 30s or as late as ...
Menopause and Perimenopause - Frequently Asked Questions
Learning about menopause:What are perimenopause, menopause, and postmenopause?What causes menopause?What are the symptoms of perimenopause, menopause, and postmenopause?What kinds of hormone changes are happening during perimenopause and postmenopause?What are the positives and negatives of a low estrogen level after menopause?Who is affected by menopause?Being diagnosed:When do I need to see my .
Menopause and Perimenopause - Medications
Recent studies have changed how health professionals use hormone therapy after menopause. For a long time, hormone replacement therapy (HRT) was thought to protect against heart disease and dementia. However, studies now show that HRT use can cause serious health problems. After 1 or more years of HRT use, a small number of women using HRT have a heart attack, stroke, or blood clot in a deep ...
Menopause and Perimenopause - Exams and Tests
You and your health professional can tell whether you are in perimenopause based on your age, your history of menstrual periods, your symptoms, and the results of your pelvic exam. If possible, bring a calendar or journal of your menstrual period and symptoms.If you have severe symptoms before or after menopause, if your health professional suspects another medical condition, or if you have a ...
Menopause and Perimenopause - Other Treatment
Because of concern about hormone replacement therapy (HRT) health risks, many women have turned to alternative medicine for menopause symptom relief. As part of a stepwise treatment approach, you can consider using one or more of the following options for preventing or treating symptoms before trying prescription medications or hormones. The meditative breathing exercise called paced respiration .