menopause transition

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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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Aims and Objectives: To evaluate the association between psychological symptoms during menopausal transition period and serum estrogen levels.
Menopausal transition is associated with endocrinological changes with varying levels of physical, psychological, vasomotor and sexual symptoms.
SWAN studied women for 17 years, providing the most accurate and detailed understanding of the menopausal transition to date.
Avis NE, Colvin A, Bromberger JT, Hess R, Matthews KA, Ory M, Schocken, Change in health-related quality of life over the menopausal transition in a multiethnic cohort of middle-aged women: Study of Women's Health Across the Nation.
Oral contraceptive use and fracture risk around the menopausal transition.
This study, though small, validates and extends the notion that multiple symptoms of the menopausal transition contribute to the mild mood symptoms that are common during this phase of a woman's life, said Dr.
This study was to investigate the prevalence of menopausal symptoms and sleep quality in menopausal transition (MT) and postmenopause (PM) women in Taiyuan, Shanxi.
Favorable systemic effects also include the improvement of libido, mood and depressive symptoms during menopausal transition and early postmenopause.
The 2015 Annual Meeting of The North American Menopause Society featured a presentation of research conducted at Sao Paulo State J University in Brazil, which found that supplementing with vitamin D was associated with improved maintenance of muscle mass and increased strength in women up to 12 years past the menopausal transition.
The use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) to improve quality of life during the menopausal transition has increased in light of the demonstrated or perceived risks of hormone replacement therapy.
One-third of women at all stages of the menopausal transition reported sleep disturbance that met the clinical criteria for insomnia, regardless of many markers of health and socioeconomic status, Colleen L.
In contrast to surgical menopause, which is associated with an immediate and dramatic drop in estrogen levels, women undergoing natural menopause may be exposed to a nontrivial amount of total and unopposed estrogen during the menopausal transition," they wrote.