Menopause Topic Guide
Menopause: Menopause is a transition between two phases of a woman's life. Menopause is not a disease or an illness. Menopause occurs when a woman permanently stops menstruating (having periods). Common symptoms of menopause include hot flashes, urinary incontinence, vaginal changes, breast changes, thinning of the skin, bone loss, rise in LDL cholesterol levels, increased risk for heart disease, and weight gain. There is no "cure" for menopause. There are medication treatments and lifestyle changes that can ease the symptoms of menopause.
Hot Flashes Hot flashes are a common condition experienced by women in the perimenopause and menopause transition. The exact cause of the hot flashes is not clear. Symptoms of hot flashes include flushing, excessive sweating, night sweats, palpitations, and chills. There are a variety of treatment options for women experiencing hot flashes. Some include medication, hormone therapy, bioidentical hormone therapy, and natural remedies.
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