Symptoms and Signs of Menopause Symptoms, Signs, Age, Herbal Remedies & Treatments

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Medically Reviewed on 4/20/2019

Doctor's Notes on Menopause Symptoms, Signs, Age, Herbal Remedies & Treatments

Menopause refers to the time in life at which a woman no longer menstruates and is no longer able to become pregnant. Menopause by definition occurs when a woman has gone for 12 consecutive months without a menstrual period. In the US, the average age of menopause is 51 but the age at which individual women reach menopause can vary. Menopause is a normal condition that is caused by changes in hormone levels that occur with aging.

Symptoms of the menopausal transition also vary among women, with some women experiencing more severe symptoms than others.

  • Common associated symptoms include hot flashes or flushes, night sweats, mood changes, vaginal dryness, and fatigue.
  • Other possible symptoms can include headache, memory problems, irritability, weight gain, or changes in skin texture.

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