Menopause FAQs includes some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the what, when, why and so what, of menopause.

Menopause FAQsWhat is menopause?

In Menopause FAQs: An Introduction To Menopause – Q. What is menopause? the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) explain:

“A. First off, menopause is not a disease. Menopause is a normal, natural event—defined as the final menstrual period and usually confirmed when a woman has missed her periods for 12 consecutive months (in the absence of other obvious causes). Menopause is associated with reduced age-related functioning of the ovaries, resulting in lower levels of estrogen and other hormones. It marks the permanent end of fertility”.

In What Is Menopause? the Australasian Menopause Society elaborate on:

Menopause FAQs“The menopause is sometimes called ‘the change of life’ as it marks the end of a woman’s reproductive life. At menopause, ovulation no longer occurs and production of oestrogen and progesterone ceases. The word “menopause” refers to the last or final menstrual period a woman experiences. When a woman has had no periods for 12 consecutive months she is considered to be “postmenopausal””.

When does menopause occur?

In Menopause FAQs: An Introduction To Menopause – Q. What is menopause? the NAMS note:

“Menopause occurs, on average, at age 52. It occurs most often between the ages of 40 and 55. Some women can reach natural menopause in their 30s, and a few as late as their 60s”.

Why does menopause occur?

In Menopause – What are the Symptoms? a video in the International Menopause Society (IMS) video series Information About Menopause, explains how estrogen declines at menopause and the resulting symptoms:

So what can women do to make the most of their menopause?

On page two in Menopause: What Can You Do To Help With The Menopause? the (Australasian) Jean Hailes for Women’s Health elaborate on:

  • “Seek information…
  • Be aware of practical strategies to stay cooler such as…
  • A healthy lifestyle can help to reduce symptoms of menopause: …
  • Keep a record of the physical and emotional symptoms troubling you and list their…
  • Talk to your doctor about menopause hormone therapy, or MHT (formerly called hormone replacement therapy, or HRT)…
  • If you cannot take MHT, other medications such as antidepressants – selective serotonin (SSRIs) or…
  • Seek advice on complementary therapies that may help including: …”.

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Where may I find more Menopause FAQs?

Menopause FAQsIn Menopause FAQs: Expert Answers To Frequently Asked Questions About Menopause you may find more Menopause FAQs. The NAMS explain:

“Navigate through the different topics to find answers from the experts on frequently asked questions about menopause, early menopause, menopause symptoms, hot flashes, hormone therapy, health after menopause, finding a menopause specialist, and more”.

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Last Updated: 23 February 2019 – Last Revised: 07 January 2019
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