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menopause transition

, menopausal transition
The time in most women's lives just before their monthly periods cease and when they begin to experience irregular menstrual cycles, abnormal vaginal bleeding, hot flashes, disturbed sleep, atrophy of vaginal tissues, and decreased vaginal lubrication.

Patient care

Fluctuating hormone levels are responsible for these changes. Educating women about the transition and treating individual symptoms are typically advocated. Menopausal hormone replacement therapy is controversial: its risks and benefits should be thoroughly examined and discussed. Alternatives include dietary modification, exercise, and nonhormone drug therapy. Patients should be advised to report any abnormal vaginal bleeding.

See: perimenopause
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"Researchers and healthcare providers need to assess sleep-related symptoms when they provide care for midlife women with T2DM and they need to provide guidelines for improving sleep-related symptoms during their menopausal transition," the authors write.
Women commonly start experiencing the menopausal transition at ages 45 to 55.
Although perimenopausal women are more susceptible to the development of depressive symptoms and major depressive episodes (MDE), there is a lack of consensus regarding how to evaluate and treat depression in women during the menopausal transition and postmenopausal period.
"The menopausal transition is known to be a period of high risk for bone loss, and given the relative scarcity of data related to fracture risk among younger women with breast cancer, this study marks an important contribution to this body of literature," said the paper's lead author, Evelyn Hsieh.
The data, representing insights collected from 450 men married to and living with women of menopausal age, uncovered men's perceptions and attitudes towards menopause and their role in their partner's menopausal transition. The MATE survey showed that while men are sensitive to the changes experienced by women during their menopause transition and believe those changes have a negative impact on their relationships, they are less aware of the specific menopausal symptoms or opportunities available for women to get relief from symptoms.
Answer: After the menopausal transition, vaginal tissues can become thinner, (1) causing dryness and/or itching.
[4] During menopausal transition blood pressure raises due to additive effect of other hormone related factors.
Reproductive hormones in early menopausal transition: relationship to ethnicity, body size and menopausal status.
Because women experience a steeper increase in CVD risk during and after the menopausal transition, researchers analyzed data from the Study of Women's Health Across the Nation (SWAN), a prospective longitudinal cohort study of 1,143 women aged 42-52 years.
Women who have a healthier lifestyle during the menopausal transition could significantly reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease, new research suggests.
During the menopausal transition, the body's production of estrogen and progesterone, two hormones made by the ovaries, varies greatly.
This study is important because it included women beginning to enter menopause (peri-menopausal), as well as those who were past the menopausal transition but still had concerning symptoms.