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Menopause symptoms, cause, and complications

Updated on February 3, 2013

Early signs you might be going through menopause

There are several signs to look for if you think that you might be going through menopause, the most obvious sign is lack of ovulation or no menstrual cycle, of course the lack of a menstrual cycle could also mean that you are pregnant, so if you believe that might be the case you should contact your doctor to test for pregnancy first and foremost. Experts say that menopause begins anywhere between forty and fifty years of age, with perimenopause and according to the Mayo Clinic the average age for a woman to go into menopause is fifty-one. Menopause as defined by the Mayo Clinic is the permanent end of the menstruation and fertility, occurring approximately twelve months after your last period. Menopause starts with perimenopause which has very definite symptoms.

The Symptoms of Perimenopause

Perimenopause is marked by irregular periods, for women who have always experienced irregular periods this might be a little daunting as they will not know if they are going through menopause or if their body is just still experience irregular periods. There are other symptoms that most women also experience that will be different from the irregular period. Those are unexplained or unexplainable mood swings, vaginal dryness, and sleep disturbances, physical changes in gaining weight, losing breast fullness, thinning hair, as well as those dreaded hot flashes, a decreased fertility, and also vaginal dryness. While not all of these symptoms are typical for every woman, you may experience some or all of them when you start to go into menopause.

Treatment options available

The good news is there are treatment options available. Herbal supplements on the market can be very helpful and amberen users speak highly of this product. Other options are of course to seek help through medication although Doctors generally will suggest dealing with the symptoms of menopause without medication or through the use of supplements before they recommend medication since menopause isn’t a disease but rather a naturally occurring event that all women of a certain age experience. Choosing the right menopause supplements is really a matter of discussing the matter with your doctor and looking at what kind of symptoms you are experiencing. You do not want supplements that focus on the symptoms that you are not experiencing.

What causes menopause

You might wonder what causes menopause, especially if you are younger than the typical age of forty and experiencing menopause or perimenopause symptoms or if your doctor has told you that you are going through early or premature menopause. The causes have to do with your body no longer ovulating. This can occur for any number of reasons, every woman’s body only has so many eggs to begin with, and when they stop ovulating then menopause begins, usually you experience the symptoms of perimenopause prior to your bodies complete stop of ovulation, which is why women experience irregular periods during the time of perimenopause. Some of the causes can range from a natural decline in reproductive hormone, to medical conditions such as a hysterectomy, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and finally primary ovarian insufficiency. It is important to note that less than one percent of women experience premature menopause, and it has to do with when your ovaries fail to produce normal levels of reproductive hormones.

Complications you might experience

There are some complications that a woman who goes through menopause might experience. These include cardio vascular disease, osteoporosis, urinary incontinence, and weight gain. If you are experiencing complications and would like help, the women at WebMD’s Menopause Community are there for you and can help you understand all of the complications, causes, and symptoms you are experiencing as well as be a virtual shoulder to lean on as you go through this next phase in your life.


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