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Dr. Deborah Rouse-Raines: What is Menopause?

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Menopause occurs . . .

. . . when your period stops.

-Average age of menopause is 51 (over 90% by age 55).

-Transition to Menopause (perimenopause) can last 6 years or more. Many will start in their late 30’s

-Perimenopausal symptoms may include:
1. Change in the amount or duration of menstrual flow or length of menstrual cycle,
2. Skipping of menstrual periods.
3. Irregular fluctuations of hormones

-Symptoms most commonly associated with low or fluctuating estrogen:

1. Vasomotor symptoms: hot flashes, day sweats, night sweats,
2. Vaginal dryness/painful intercourse.

-Other symptoms that may be associated with menopause/perimenopuase:
Stiffness/soreness, Forgetfulness, Insomnia/sleep disturbance, Palpitations, Urine leakage, Changes in libido, Fatigue, Mood swings, Irritability, Anxiety, Depression

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