1 AnswerWatch this video to learn more from Dr. Mehmet Oz about menopause.
2 AnswersKnowing how often your menopause symptoms are occurring can help your doctor choose the best treatment for managing them.
For instance, if you're only having a few mild hot flashes a day, the ideal medical therapy is probably none at all. On the other hand, if you have barely slept in a week because of your persistent night sweats, your doctor may be able to recommend strategies or prescribe medication that can help you chill out.
2 AnswersWhen women go through menopause, over a two- or three-year period, the ovaries stop making the hormones estrogen and testosterone. That's why sometimes women put a little pooch on when they go through menopause. If you don't have testosterone, you can't make muscle mass.
Meanwhile, the same reduction of hormone production happens in men, just not in such a dramatically short amount of time. You can't tell that it's happening sometimes, but that exact same shift is occurring.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.
2 AnswersThere are certain blood tests that can confirm or deny your menopausal status. Blood levels of certain hormones can give you a good idea if you are perimenopausal or postmenopausal or pregnant (it happens). Typically there’s a team of hormones that you need to examine including estrogen (estradiol), follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), progesterone, testosterone, luteinizing hormone (LH) and sometimes thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH and T4), because thyroid disease can throw off your cycle, too. If you are menopausal, your estrogen levels will be baritone-bass loooow and your FSH levels will be soprano hiiiiigh.
Keeping track of menopausal symptoms is up to you. It can help you determine whether lifestyle factors affect your symptoms or whether they’ve gotten severe enough that you need to talk to your doctor. It also can help you monitor changes in other health conditions you have or treatments you are trying out. If you’re not the type to keep track, then don’t worry about it. If you are, though, you can use the old fashioned approach of a notepad and pencil, or the twenty-first century approach of a smart phone app.
They can be, but not always. Lots of things can affect your period: stress, weight changes, thyroid disease, even pregnancy. Your cycle can become erratic, but get itself back on track. If you’ve stopped having your period for a year, though, you are menopausal. Of course, other symptoms of estrogen lack may also signal the start of menopause.
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Loss of energy is a symptom of depression, but during menopause, your body is going through significant changes, which can lead to lower energy levels. It is important to recognize a slight occasional lack of energy as compared to a total loss of energy that lasts a longer time. Talk to your doctor about any symptoms of menopause, especially if they are significant or severe.
3 AnswersFor some lucky women, menopause is really no big deal. They seem to glide into midlife, never developing serious problems with the dreaded symptoms older women had warned them about. However, women who undergo abrupt menopause can virtually count on having to cope with intense symptoms, such as hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, mood swings and others.
Abrupt menopause occurs when a woman who is still menstruating has her ovaries removed. The ovaries produce estrogen and other female hormones. Women who have their ovaries removed lose the benefits of these key hormones all at once, instead of hormone levels gradually tapering off, as with natural menopause. That's why abrupt menopause usually hits women like a ton of bricks. If you are having your ovaries removed, talk with your doctor about strategies to control the intense symptoms of menopause that lie ahead.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.
If you are having trouble sleeping, your menopausal symptoms might be to blame but that’s not always the case. You could have a sleep disorder such as insomnia, sleep apnea or restless leg syndrome, conditions which sometimes surface during middle age. Or perhaps you are having trouble because some psychological factor is keeping you up at night. Sometimes it is caused by medications you are taking, both prescription and over-the-counter.
Sleep can also be sabotaged by menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, drenching night sweats, stress from the day, depression and anxiety. If you are having trouble falling or staying asleep, or you get up a lot during the night, it's a good idea to talk to your doctor. Sleep problems are important to get under control so you don't enter a vicious cycle that will be hard to break and make menopause even worse.Helpful? 6 people found this helpful.