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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.

The Menopause-Alzheimer's Connection

In the next three minutes, three people will develop Alzheimer's disease. Two of them will be women. There are 5.7 million Alzheimer's patients in the United States. By 2050, there will probably be as many as 14 million, and twice as many women as men ...

Published:  Thu, 19 Apr 2018 05:02:00 GMT



'Every time I look at her with the babies I am in complete awe': Woman who went through menopause at just 23 had her dream of starting a family fulfilled when her selfless ...

Madly in love and committed to her fiance Chris after travelling the world together, Amber Spears was ready to start a family. The loved-up Melbourne couple had just built their dream home together and were ready to become parents. Here Amber shares with ...

Published:  Thu, 19 Apr 2018 21:31:00 GMT



Women past menopause may be fatter than they think

Here's some bad news for older women: They're likely fatter than young women of the same height and weight. That means, new research has concluded, that the body mass index cutoff for when people are considered obese (30) should be lower for ...

Published:  Thu, 19 Apr 2018 02:43:00 GMT



Does menopause cause rashes

Menopause causes a dramatic change in hormone levels, including a decline in estrogen, which is what causes the symptoms associated with menopause. The most common symptoms of menopause include hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, and vaginal dryness ...

Published:  Tue, 17 Apr 2018 09:03:00 GMT



Late menopause may protect women's memory

New research, published in the journal Neurology, suggests that a late menopause onset may benefit the memory skills of senior women later in life. A new study led by Diana Kuh, from University College London in the United Kingdom, asks whether the age at ...

Published:  Sun, 15 Apr 2018 00:03:00 GMT



As menopause symptoms get worse, heart may pay a price

WEDNESDAY, April 11, 2018 -- There could be a link between the severity of a woman's menopausal symptoms and her risk of heart disease, a new study suggests. While the research couldn't prove cause-and-effect, it's "yet another important study which ...

Published:  Wed, 11 Apr 2018 17:49:00 GMT



Review: "śMenopause the Musical' brings the heat to Show Palace in Hudson

For years, Show Palace Dinner Theatre patrons have begged owners Vicki and Tommy Marasciullo to bring Menopause the Musical to their Hudson venue. To be sure, the longtime showbiz couple wanted to, and the 400+ sold-out crowd opening night, followed by ...

Published:  Mon, 16 Apr 2018 13:24:00 GMT



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