Overview

What is Menopause?

Menopause is a stage in life when women stop having their monthly period. It’s a normal part of aging and marks the end of their reproductive years. Menopause typically occurs in your late 40s to early 50s. This happens due to the ovaries decreasing their production of oestrogen and progesterone.

Symptoms

What are the signs of Menopause?

The signs and symptoms of menopause include:

Absent menstruation for at least 12 months.

Absent menstruation for at least 12 months.

Hot flushes; of the face, neck, and upper body, which may be accompanied by palpitations, dizziness, headaches

Hot flushes; of the face, neck, and upper body, which may be accompanied by palpitations, dizziness, headaches

Night sweats

Night sweats

Cold hands and feet

Cold hands and feet

Sleep disturbances and insomnia

Sleep disturbances and insomnia

Mood changes such as depression, irritability, tension

Mood changes such as depression, irritability, tension

Memory impairment and loss of ability to concentrate

Memory impairment and loss of ability to concentrate

Weight gain and increased central adiposity

Weight gain and increased central adiposity

Diagnosis

How do I know if I have Menopause?

To diagnose menopause, your doctor is likely to ask you about your medical and family history, perform a physical exam or request the following tests:

Female comprehensive hormone profile (blood)

Female comprehensive hormone profile (blood)

Thyroid profile

Thyroid profile

Find a Practitioner

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