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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.

Beauty entrepreneur Liz Earle, 54, reveals the emotional rollercoaster she experienced when starting the menopause - while caring for her new born

At Liz Earle's London pied-a-terre, all is calm, orderly and fragrant, as you'd expect from one of Britain's foremost authorities on beauty and wellbeing. Scented candles burn, the fire flickers and a terrier snoozes peacefully. Fresh-faced and ...

Published:  Sun, 18 Feb 2018 13:01:00 GMT



Song of the Day - Menopause The Musical

Menopause The Musical is a groundbreaking celebration of women who are on the brink of, in the middle of, or have survived "The Change." Now in it's 16th year, Menopause The Musical is playing at the Playhouse At Westport Plaza now through March ...

Published:  Mon, 19 Feb 2018 05:07:00 GMT



Menopause may worsen rheumatoid arthritis symptoms

MONDAY, Feb. 5, 2018 -- Menopause may speed physical decline in women with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a new study suggests. While rheumatoid arthritis rates in women are three times higher than in men, and women with RA have more severe physical decline ...

Published:  Mon, 05 Feb 2018 16:41:00 GMT



EndoBreak: After Menopause, Take the Stairs; Don't Try Kratom For T2D

A Wisconsin father was charged with homicide after failing to check the glucose levels of his son -- who had type 1 diabetes -- and subsequently died due to complications. (USA Today) According to a new CDC report, there were roughly 12 million emergency ...

Published:  Fri, 16 Feb 2018 14:47:00 GMT



Mum reveals how her miracle baby defied doctors who told her she'd never be a parent after going through the menopause at 11-years-old

AMANDA Lewis piled on weight, cried daily and her periods had stopped - all signs of the menopause, but she was just 11 years old. Having gone from a size 8 to an 18 in just months, Amanda was diagnosed with premature ovarian insufficiency - the ...

Published:  Thu, 15 Feb 2018 15:21:00 GMT



Top tips that'll help you survive the menopause

Supermodel Yasmin Le Bon, 53, recently opened up about how she had been affected, revealing she suffered from fatigue and aches and pains as well as developing a "layer of padding all over" . And she's not alone. Once women hit their 40s, they ...

Published:  Thu, 15 Feb 2018 06:25:00 GMT



'Menopause The Musical' performances set at IUP

GFour Productions, winner of 44 Tony Awards and 54 Drama Desk Awards, proudly brings the international hit show "Meno-pause The Musical" to the Toretti Auditorium at the Kovalchick Complex in Indiana for two performances on Saturday, March 10, at 2:30 ...

Published:  Tue, 06 Feb 2018 05:49:00 GMT



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