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What is menopause?
Menopause is the time in a woman's life when menstruation stops. This means the ovaries no longer release eggs in preparation for pregnancy.
What causes menopause?
Menopause is a natural process: the function of the ovaries gradually declines with age until the ovaries stop producing eggs, and the female hormones estrogen and progesterone are no longer being produced. Menopause can also be induced by surgery or sometimes by the …
What is the common age for menopause?
Menopause commonly occurs naturally in women between the ages of 45 and 55.
How is menopause diagnosed?
Menopause can often be diagnosed by your doctor after you have presented with the common signs and symptoms. In some cases, blood tests are done to check the levels of certain hormones including: follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), which increases as menopause …
How is menopause treated?
Menopause itself does not require treatment. However, there are things you can do to ease your symptoms. Your doctor will advise you on treatment options to suit you, such as hormone replacement therapy or other medications, and on self-care methods such as …
What are the complications of menopause?
There are risks directly associated with the loss of estrogen that occurs with menopause. For example, after menopause you are at increased risk of osteoporosis, heart disease, and urinary incontinence.
Are there different stages of menopause?
Yes. The time leading up to your final menstruation, when you may also notice changes associated with menopause, is actually known as perimenopause. Menopause is the time in a woman's life when menstruation finishes. Once 12 consecutive months have …
Is it possible to become pregnant after menopause?
Menopause is the time in a woman's life when menstruation finishes, and it is no longer possible to become pregnant. However, there is still a small chance of becoming pregnant during perimenopause.
About this article
Author: Dr Joanne Van der Velden PhD, BSc (Hons)
First answered: 01 Oct 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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