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Why has menopause become medicalized?

Patricia Geraghty, NP
Women's Health
Menopause is the cessation of menstrual bleeding due to aging. The stage of life where symptoms may occur during the years around the last menstrual period is more accurately called perimenopause. Both perimenopause and menopause are natural life passages, not diseases. 

Some women pass through these stages in life with only minor intensity of symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, or changes in sleep patterns. Some women, however, experience such severe symptoms during these years that medical therapy of low doses of female hormones improves their quality of life in a necessary way. There is an abundance of ongoing research about the safest and most effective way to provide these hormones.

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