Table of Contents
- Menopause definition and facts
- What is menopause?
- At what age does a woman typically reach menopause?
- What are the signs and symptoms of menopause?
- What are other signs and symptoms of menopause?
- What conditions can cause early menopause?
- What tests diagnose menopause?
- What are the treatment options for menopause?
- Hormone treatment and therapy for menopause
- Oral contraceptives and vaginal treatments for menopause
- Antidepressants and other medications for menopause
- Home remedies: Plant estrogenes for menopause
- Home remedies: vitamin E, black cohosh, and herbs for menopause
- Vaginal lubricants for menopause symptoms
- Lifestyle factors in controlling the symptoms and complications of menopause
- What are the complications and effects of menopause on chronic medical conditions?
What tests diagnose menopause?
Because hormone levels may fluctuate greatly in an individual woman, even from one day to the next, hormone levels are not a reliable method for diagnosing menopause. Even if levels are low one day, they may be high the next day in the same woman. There is no single blood test that reliably predicts when a woman is going through the menopausal transition. Therefore, there is currently no proven role for blood testing regarding menopause except for tests to exclude medical causes of erratic menstrual periods other than menopause. The only way to diagnose menopause is to observe the lack of menstrual periods for 12 months in a woman in the expected age range.
What are the treatment options for menopause?
Menopause itself is a normal part of life and not a disease that requires treatment. However, treatment of associated symptoms is possible if these become substantial or severe.
- Actonel with Calcium
- Climara Pro
- Depo Provera
- Fosamax Plus D
- Premarin Injection
- Premarin Vaginal Cream
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