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Diagnosing Menopause

If you are in your late 30's or early 40's you might be wondering when the early symptoms of menopause are going to hit. You may have started to experience some early signs of perimenopause - such as less regular periods, more frequent mood swings, occasional of vaginal dryness and more frequent sleep issues. At this point you may be wondering if this is the start of menopause or something else? While getting the official news, that you've begun the long process of menopause is not often something we women are excited to hear, it can help explain what's going on with your body as well as identify what to expect in the months and years to come.

Your gynecologist or primary care physician should be able to diagnose if you've entered into menopause. Menopause typically starts between the ages of 36 to 50 with increasing symptoms, over time, as key hormones decrease. The early stage of menopause is called perimonopause and is identified as those years when signs of menopause occur but while a woman is still experiencing a period. Perimenopause can last a few years to several years.

When diagnosing a woman with menopause, a doctor typically reviews a list of symptoms and may also run a series of blood tests to determine if a hormonal shift has occurred. These blood tests often rule out other causes of your hormonal issues such as thyroid or pituitary problems. Doctors can also measure levels of follicle stimulation hormone or FSH and estrogen levels to also help determine if menopause has begun. Besides ruling out other conditions, and assisting with some symptoms, there's no exact science to diagnosing the early signs of menopause but doctor's are typically correct with their appraisals.

Once you've received the news that menopause has begun, it's good to remember that this a natural process the body goes through and will take several years before your last period occurs. Paying attention to adding exercise and a healthy diet can help improve the many symptoms of menopause. High fiber diets rich in fruit, vegetables and whole grain can do wonders in improving many symptoms of menopause. Additional help is also available through hormone replacement, a mild antidepressants, as well as some natural alternatives.

While diagnosing a woman with early signs of menopause is not an exact science many tests can assist in the process. Knowing that you're body has begun to produce lower levels of hormones is not a death sentence but the normal process of any woman.

Straz to present "˜Menopause the Musical'

TAMPA - GFour Productions, winner of 44 Tony Awards and 54 Drama Desk Awards, will bring the international hit show "Menopause the Musical" to the Tampa Bay area for six performances, running June 27 through July 1 in Ferguson Hall at the Straz ...

Published:  Wed, 20 Jun 2018 01:30:00 GMT



'My period pains are so severe, I'm kick-starting the menopause at 22'

A student aged just 22 is having the menopause induced because of severe period problems that leave her bedridden and in agony every month. Katy Johnston, who suffers from the most serious form of the womb condition endometriosis, has begun a series of ...

Published:  Wed, 20 Jun 2018 06:30:00 GMT



Andrea McLean's step-by-step guide to revitalising your sex life after the menopause even if you think you never want it again

In the second extract from her new book Confessions of a Menopausal Woman, Loose Women presenter Andrea McLean, 48, tackles the taboos surrounding "˜the change', loss of libido, frisky feelings brought on by a flush of hormones - and the dreaded duty ...

Published:  Tue, 19 Jun 2018 13:40:00 GMT



What to know about menopause and sore breasts

Before and during menopause, it is common for people to experience pain or tenderness in their breasts. Although breasts can often become sore due to menstruation, menopausal breast pain may result from different causes. This article will discuss the ...

Published:  Tue, 12 Jun 2018 07:07:00 GMT



22-year-old with severe endometriosis is going through the menopause

A student whose period pains were so severe she would be rushed to A&E each month needing morphine is now going through the menopause at just 22. Katy Johnson was diagnosed with endometriosis in January this year after a decade of painful periods which saw ...

Published:  Tue, 19 Jun 2018 22:19:00 GMT



STAGE REVIEW: "˜Menopause the Musical' is well-produced, but a bit outdated

"Menopause the Musical" now playing at Long Wharf Theatre through July 1 isn't the worst professional show I've reviewed. But it isn't far off. Its problem isn't in the production itself, which is well enough. Bud Clark's art deco set design ...

Published:  Tue, 19 Jun 2018 05:21:00 GMT



The life-threatening side effect of menopause

But nothing could have prepared her for the psychological symptoms that crashed down on her in the fall of 2005, when she first hit early menopause. "I was shaking, I wasn't sleeping, I was having panic attacks at night," Wisdo, then 46, tells The Post.

Published:  Thu, 14 Jun 2018 03:30:00 GMT



What Is Premature Menopause, & What Can You Do About It

Most women will experience menopause beginning anytime between their late 40s to mid-50s, with the average age being 52. But sometimes it can occur much earlier. Premature menopause is defined as going into menopause before the age of 40. If your ovaries ...

Published:  Wed, 13 Jun 2018 05:26:00 GMT



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