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Most every adult woman has heard about menopause and will want to ask questions. Many want to know how long menopause lasts, in addition to being curious about the menopause symptoms. To be accurate, once menopause occurs, is lasts for the rest of your like because it occurs with the end of your menstruation, much the same as menarche occurs with the beginning.

The way people usually use it, the term "menopause" is not just menopause but perimenopause as well. Perimenopause is the time before and just after the last instance of menstruation. Perimenopause can be very prolonged, sometimes lasting even years. Symptoms can be intense for a short period of time, or increasing in intensity over many years. Perimenopausal symptoms can be picked up by laboratory blood tests.

The most frequently presented menopause symptoms include abnormal and irregular periods, whose length and interval become irregular. Hot flashes (sometimes jocularly called power surges), vascular reactions that cause physical sensations, are another frequent symptom. Bleeding during periods may become much heavier and/or may combine with anemia as a more serious symptom of menopause. Ovarian failure, or surgery to remove both ovaries, may result in menopause starting before the usual age range of 45 to 60. Early menopausal symptoms may be stronger than those of normal menopause.

Women seeking menopause relief, in large part, are mostly looking for respite from mood swings and hot flashes. These symptoms are not just discomforting, but they are also embarrassing. Sudden flushes and sweating can be pretty obvious to strangers standing nearby. The majority of menopause symptoms are due to the fluctuations and decrease in estrogen and progesterone. One technique for calming the fierce mood swings and hot flashes associated with menopause is supplementing the missing hormones with drugs.

There are many women that are concerned over the increased risk of negative side effects associated with the use of prescription hormones for menopause treatment, and therefore opt for natural remedies instead. These natural remedies include such things as soy products, which contain a natural ingredient that is estrogen-like, and there are certain herbs such as black and blue cohosh, there are others as well. Others choose the hormone therapy, but utilize it only through the first and worst of the menopause symptoms.

Since estrogen is a natural protection against osteoporosis and heart disease, another complication of menopause is that your risk for these increases. For some the benefits of hormone therapy may be greater then the potential risks if they have family history of these types of conditions. Most will still choose to either limit their use of hormone therapies, or find other ways to manage the risk of osteoporosis and heart disease.

The time period for menopause varies greatly. Sometimes it can be very quick when a woman has had her ovaries removed. Other times it can take more than 10 years. The most important thing to realize is that the symptoms she experiences are controlled as much as possible with as little risk as needed.

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How Long Does Menopause Last


Frequently Asked Questions

    Why does menopause cause women to be a little mean?How long does menopause last?
    Why does menopause cause meanness?
    I notice that women tend to be a little mean when going through "the change"
    How long does menopause last?
    Women are kind of crazy during menopause.
    My mom sure is moody lately.I can't wait for her to be done.I don't live with my parents but when I visit she can be a little mean sometimes lately.
    How long does it last?
    Why are menopausal women so mean?

    • ANSWER:
      It's pretty much the same issue as PMS, fluctuating hormone levels alter a person's mood.

    How much longer will my menopause last?
    I had a hysterectomy in 2001 in which I also lost an ovary. My menopause started not long after that and still continues. I took HRT for a while but stopped after moving to Spain as I don't have a regular doctor over here. I still have the hot flushes and the mood swings but the worse for me is the lack of sex drive. It is driving a huge wedge between me and my husband which I do understand from his point of view but am tired of being called sexless and frigid, I am scared he will leave me because of it. Is there any natural remedies or anything over the counter that will help me. Also, how long does the menopause last. Getting desperate here now.

    • ANSWER:
      Your menopause will last forever, it is permanent and not reversible....

    When do women generally start menopause and how long does it last?
    I'm in my early 40's and was wondering when I should be concerned about menopause. I've been very moody lately and just don't feel like myself...could this be pre-menopause? What are some of the symptoms emotional and physical that accompany menopause? How long does menopause last?

    • ANSWER:
      50 to death

    How long did your menopause last?
    I started going through menopause at the age of 44, (48) now. I've been taken Estratest for symptoms (hot flashes, depression..etc), but want to get off them. I tried awhile back to stop them but withing a day hot flashes again and all the symptoms. So, how long does menopause typically last?

    • ANSWER:
      Between 5-10 years.

    What helps hot flashes from menopause?
    I am 54, how long does menopause last? I don't want to take hormones. I've had hot flashes for atleast a couple years now, but especially for the last 8 months.

    • ANSWER:
      There is a over the counter remedy that works for me its called Remifemin.You can buy it at wallmart or any other store.

    How long does thed menopause last for?
    I haven't had a period for 18 months so does thois mean the menopause is over? I haven't had any symptoms either. I do feel quite depressed does this have anything to do with my hormones?

    • ANSWER:
      The person who answered 'forever' is actually right! Menopause means when you have had your last period, which you can only know retrospectively! I believe that you have to have had no period for 2 years if you are under 50, and no period for 1 year if you are over 50, before you can safely abandon contraception. However, unless in a monogamous relationship you would still need condoms to protect against std's.

      You may well now be menopausal, or you could still be in the peri-menopause. If you feel depressed, what have you done about it? Ideas:

      See the doctor for a chat, and get your blood tested.
      Look at other areas of your life to see if the depression comes from some other aspect of your life.
      Look to your diet, and exercise more.
      Go online and join other menopausal women in forums to get support.
      Go to the Health Food Shop and see if any supplements might be beneficial.

      I hope some of this helps. I am 49 and get depressed too sometimes, but life goes on and you must do what you can to make it the best you can.

      Good luck,

      Faith x

    How long does menopause last? When will I start feeling better?
    I am 45 and I think I have been dealing with the symptoms for about 2 years do i still have Much longer?

    • ANSWER:
      Go to your GYN and tell what symptoms you are having. She should check your hormone levels with testing. She will tell you about natural hormone replacements, what foods to eat or not to eat and certain vitamins that might help. If she doesn't help you there are other Doctors that will. Menopause may last a long time but with your doctor's help your symptoms might get better to handle. Do some reading up on this subject too. The more knowledge you have about menopause the better you be able to decide what to take or decide what is the best treatment for you.

    How long do menopause symptoms last?
    My mother is 50 and she is feeling menopause symptoms. How long is it going to last? What can she do to make her feel less hot?

    • ANSWER:
      hmmm.... i think they're is a prescription to help it , it depends on the women

    How long does menopause last?
    Or at least all the torturous parts? I need to know how long my mom will be freaking out on my brother and me.

    • ANSWER:
      it lasts the rest of your life

    What happens if you drink worcestershire sauce?
    Are there any long-lasting reprocussions, health wise? I often have a craving for the sauce, and I drink straight from the bottle; though I've never downed an entire bottle.

    • ANSWER:
      Obviously this is something that is used in many different recipes, and it will be safe to digest, but the sodium content could pose health risks depending on how much of this you actually drink.

      Although the only repercussions you might see would be high blood pressure (hypertension) and water retention (edema), those can both be very problematic if left unchecked, especially from ages 30+. So if you already suffer from one or both of these, it would likely be a good idea to stop.


      These are two quotes I picked up off of the page listed in sources. They explain the relationship between sodium, hypertension, and edema pretty well:

      "High blood pressure and water retention go hand in hand, as hypertension can result from too much fluid in normal blood vessels or from normal fluid in narrow blood vessels. Blood pressure measures the force of blood against the walls of your blood vessels, and if it remains high over time is called hypertension. It is therefore very important to manage fluid levels, which can affect blood pressure."


      "Causes of body water retention depend on a wide range of factors including a high salt intake, as a reaction to hot weather, gravity, nutritional deficiencies, burns as well as sunburn and as a side effect of certain drugs. Pregnancy, oral contraceptives such as the pill, the menstrual cycle and menopause are also known causes of body water retention."


      Personally, I enjoy to take a little sip of soy sauce every once in awhile as well, which is an ingredient of worcestershire sauce. I have never seen any noticeable side-effects, but I am still quite young myself.

    How long does the menopause actually last for please?
    I think my sister who is 50 is starting to get menopause, her symptoms are signs of being nasty which is nothing like her at all and mood swings, also she is strange psychologically, this is all coming from her 16 year old daughter. Please can you give me some sort of reassurance to what is going on with her?

    • ANSWER:
      Menopause usually starts between the age of 45-55. It lasts the rest of a person lives. Such symptoms can be irritable/depressed/hyper moods. Hot/cold flashes. They can just seem off personality wise. Forgetfulness, weight gain/loose. There is many symptoms. These can be treated with a hormone supplement so that it is easier for her to feel better and easier on the people around her. Menopause is difficult for the first while until your body follow transforms.

    How long does menopause last?
    I have been having hot flashes and night sweats for a little over 6 years. The only suggestion the gyno offered was taking Black Co-hash (no help there) and soy supplements (no help either). Any suggestions (besides hormone therapy)? How long does it last?

    • ANSWER:
      For most women, they can expect all the stages of menopause to last between four and five years. From the first early symptom or sign to the last, hot flashes can actually range from one year to eight years. This is not much relief for women who have been suffering for several years already.

    How long does nausea during menopause last. I'm 53, and I'm sick for 3 hrs each morning?
    I'm slightly freaking out after reading that this could last ten to twenty years. Most pregnant women are glad when morning sickness goes away after 3 months. Some who get it for the entire 10 months say it was the worst experience of their lives. The thought of ten to twenty years of this is unimaginable. Since I'm not pregnant is it okay to use a ten year supply of Gravol? I'm not sure I can handle twenty years of morning sickness. Please help.

    • ANSWER:
      perimenopause can last for 15 years.. provided you start when you are 40. you do not have 15 years of this at your age of 53. I would see a doctor since nausea is not a menopause symptom.

    How long does menopause last and when do you know you are through it?
    I am 57 years old and still have a period atleast thre-four times a year. Is t that normal?

    • ANSWER:
      According to statistics, the average age for menopause is 52, but it can occur at any point from your 30's to your 60's. Hormonal shifts general occur two to five yars beforehand.
      The good news is that this phase eventually ends, but with some it could take more than ten. Hopefully you are in the last stages. From all I have read, this is normal.

    How is a hysterectomy induced menopause likely to last?
    I had a full hysterectomy a year ago and have been going through an induced menopause ever since, I was just wondering how long it is likely to last as i know it is not as long as a normal menopause. I will not take HRT.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi. Symptoms of menopause vary from woman to woman. Nobody can tell you how long you will experience the symptoms. Through research i have done ( i had a hysterectomy also ), it can be 1 to 10 years. Some women never have any symptoms at all ( hard to believe, but it's true ). Other women seen to experience symptoms for many years. I took hormones, and i regret it now. I have thyroid disease, and cancer. I believe taking hormones for 15 years caused both conditions. It may help with the symptoms, but it's not worth the risk. If i had it to do all over again, i would not have taken them. Having a hot flash is better then having cancer. Good luck. Hang in there :-)

    How old were you when you went through menopause?
    How old were you when you went through menopause, how long did it last for, and what emotional & physical effects did you experience?

    • ANSWER:
      I was 48 when I went through menopause. I did my best with her and shrugged off a lot of things she said in anger. Luckily I had quick reflexes and when she threw a planter at me I was able to sidestep it as it smashed into the floor. Fortunately I have no physical effects but she sure tried to give me a few. It only lasted a couple of years for me. It may have lasted longer but she died from emphysema and that ended my menopause problems.

    How long does a menopause period last not not in years but in days?
    my neighbor is 55 and she is on menopause already but she takes estrogen and she was curious as to how long in days her period it will last. Doesn't it usually vary depending on the person and their body type?

    • ANSWER:
      People who takes hormonal replacement therapy will get her period just like before menopause. So, it shall be the same like before she experience menopause.

    How long does the menopause symptoms last approximately?
    My Mom is in the early stages, right now.

    • ANSWER:
      It varies. Women normally go through menopause between ages 45 and 55. Many women experience menopause around age 51. However, perimenopause can start as early as age 35. It can last a few months to quite a few years. There is no way to tell in advance how long it will last OR how long it will take you to go through it. Every woman is different.

    How long does menapause last?
    I remember my mom complaining about it 5 years ago and she still takes pills for it and complains about hotflashes...i heard that it can last for the rest of your life is it true? in no where near menapause but im still curious. do you have to take special medicine? is it more painful than having a period?

    • ANSWER:
      Technically, menopause is when you stop having periods for a year, and it's for the rest of your life. What your mother was going through 5 years ago was probably "peri-menopause". That's where I'm at. I've been trying to get to menopause for years now. I am so sick of hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, and HEAVY irregular periods. Birth control pills are supposed to help with some of those symptoms, but my doctor refuses to prescribe them for me due to my family history. The only pain I'm having is cramps from those damned periods.

    How long after Depo Provera did it take you to conceive?
    My last injection was due in April. My last actual injection was in January. I know they say it takes some women a year or even sometimes two to conceive. I just want to know what your experience was.
    Does anyone know of anything to help get it out of your system faster?

    • ANSWER:
      I conceived within a year. I believe it depends upon how long you have taken it, your own fertility issues and if you have taken it before. I had a lot of problems with it after I gave birth and took it again, maybe my age (40), but it put me into menopause. It is a great drug, if you don't want to get pregnant but, just watch yourself. I am assuming that you want to get pregnant now, otherwise, you should have a pregnancy test before you have another injection.

    How long will a womans period last during menopause?
    Hi. Uhh, hard question. My mom turns 50 in a few days (I'm 13) and has been going through menopause for a while. How long would her period last? She can be really mean to me and my dad. Also, is there any way to maker her less mean? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Sorry, but menopause has no set age nor does it cure someone from being mean. Some women reach menopause in there 70s & others in there 60s & yes for some its even in there 50s. I hope you notice I do not say just age 50, but age 50-59=50s. Just because a woman has her period doesn't mean that she exhibits hostility, vindictiveness, or meanness. That is just an excuse your Mother is using to hurt everyone around her. I know its not what you want to hear but really its the truth. Your mother doesn't have a hormonal imbalance that just magically disappears when her period is over. Hope I helped and Good Luck.

    How long does menopause last?
    Have not menstruated for over one year. Just started feeling hot flashes during the day. When will this end? Help!

    • ANSWER:
      It is different for every woman. Ask your mother how long it lasted for her - these things are often hereditary (although not necessarily). It you just get a few hot flushes during the day - be grateful! But if you really feel you can't cope, then speak to your doctor. Do be aware though, that although some women swear by HRT, more than 80 % of those who start using it, stop because of the side effects.

    What are some of the signs that you are beginning menopause?
    I've always been a 28 day girl you could set you clock by my period, now it can be 25 days 23 days and then back to 28 days. I and 46 so could this be a sign the I and beginning menopause?

    • ANSWER:
      Menopause is the transition period in a woman's life when her ovaries stop producing eggs, her body produces less estrogen and progesterone, and menstruation becomes less frequent, eventually stopping altogether.

      Menopause is a natural event that normally occurs between the ages of 45 and 55.

      Once menopause is complete (called postmenopause), you can no longer become pregnant.

      The symptoms of menopause are caused by changes in estrogen and progesterone levels. As the ovaries become less functional, they produce less of these hormones and the body responds accordingly. The specific symptoms you experience and how significant (mild, moderate, or severe) varies from woman to woman.

      In some women, menstrual flow comes to a sudden halt. More commonly, it tapers off. During this time, your menstrual periods generally become either more closely or more widely spaced. This irregularity may last for 1 to 3 years before menstruation finally ends completely.

      A gradual decrease of estrogen generally allows your body to slowly adjust to the hormonal changes. When estrogen drops suddenly, as is seen when the ovaries are removed surgically (called surgical menopause), symptoms can be more severe.

      Because hormone levels fall, changes occur in the entire female reproductive system. The vaginal walls become less elastic and thinner. The vagina becomes shorter. Lubricating secretions from the vagina become watery. The outside genital tissue decreases. This is called atrophy of the labia.

      Symptoms : The potential symptoms include:

      - Hot flashes and skin flushing
      - Night sweats
      - Insomnia
      - Mood swings including irritability, depression, and anxiety
      - Irregular menstrual periods
      - Spotting of blood in between periods
      - Vaginal dryness and painful sexual intercourse
      - Decreased sex drive
      - Vaginal infections
      - Urinary tract infections
      In addition, the long-term effects of menopause include:

      - Bone loss and eventual osteoporosis
      - Changes in cholesterol levels and greater risk of heart disease

    what do menestrual cycle mean? what is the purpose of a sanitary napkin?
    what are periods? how long do they last? How does it impact pregnancy? what do menestrual cycle mean? what is the purpose of a sanitary napkin?

    • ANSWER:
      As a girl matures and enters puberty, the pituitary gland releases hormones that stimulate the ovaries to produce other hormones called estrogen and progesterone. These hormones have many effects on a girl's body, including physical maturation, growth, and emotions.

      About once a month, a tiny egg leaves one of the ovaries — a process called ovulation — and travels down one of the fallopian tubes toward the uterus. In the days before ovulation, the hormone estrogen stimulates the uterus to build up its lining with extra blood and tissue, making the walls of the uterus thick and cushioned. This happens to prepare the uterus for pregnancy: If the egg is fertilized by a sperm cell, it travels to the uterus and attaches to the cushiony wall of the uterus, where it slowly develops into a baby.

      If the egg isn't fertilized, though — which is the case during most of a woman's monthly cycles — it doesn't attach to the wall of the uterus. When this happens, the uterus sheds the extra tissue lining. The blood, tissue, and unfertilized egg leave the uterus, going through the vagina on the way out of the body. This is a menstrual period.

      This cycle happens almost every month for several more decades (except, of course, when a female is pregnant) until a woman reaches menopause and no longer releases eggs from her ovaries.

      Pads are rectangles of absorbent material that attach to the insides of a girl's underwear. They're sometimes also called sanitary pads or sanitary napkins. Some pads have extra material on the sides (called "wings") that fold over the edges of your underwear to help hold the pad in place and prevent leakage.

      Some girls have periods with heavier bleeding, and others have lighter periods with less bleeding. Pads come in several different thicknesses and absorbencies for heavier or lighter menstrual periods or for day or nighttime use. That way, girls who have a lighter flow don't need to feel like they're wearing a pad that's bigger than they need — and girls with a heavy flow don't need to worry that they'll leak through their pad.

    How long am I supposedto get discharge?
    I've had white/yellowish discharge for a while now.(it annoys the CRAP outta me !) and I was wondering like an estimate how long do you have it before you start your period?

    • ANSWER:
      Typically you will start to get discharge about a year before you start your period. However it may come sooner than a year. So just be prepared.

      Vaginal discharge will last until you go through menopause, when you stop having periods which is later in life.

      Healthy discharge color is clear to off white. Any other colors can be signs of infection.

      To stop the discharge from getting all over your panties, then wear pantiliners. Also, it may come in handy to wear them so if you start your period, it won't get all over your clothes as fast.

    Why would my feet hurt and feel stiff without having an injury and continue to feel worse over the last month?
    My feet started feeling stiff going down stairs in the mornings some months ago. My right foot now feels like it's been injured - it hasn't and is painful to bend and hurts in the arch area. My toes are stiff to bend and my feet ache even when they are resting and not weight bearing. I am a relatively fit woman of 50, going through menopause and am about 10 kilos overweight. I like walking and am continuing to do so as I can't bear not to!

    • ANSWER:
      Hello Helen,

      Arch pain is the term used to describe symptoms that occur under the arch of the foot. When a patient has arch pain they usually have inflammation of the tissues within the midfoot. The arch of the foot is formed by a tight band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes.
      This band of tissue is important in proper foot mechanics and transfer of weight from the heel to the toes. When the tissue of the arch of the foot becomes irritated and inflamed, even simple movements can be quite painful.

      Plantar Fasciitis
      The most common cause of arch pain is plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is the name that describes inflammation of the fibrous band of tissue that connects the heel to the toes. Symptoms of plantar fasciitis include pain early in the morning and pain with long walks or prolonged standing.
      Arch pain early in the morning is due to the plantar fascia becoming contracted and tight as you sleep through the night. When awakening and walking in the morning, the fascia is still tight and prone to irritation when stretched. When walking or standing for long periods, the plantar fascia becomes inflamed and painful.

      Treatment of plantar fasciitis is best accomplished with some simple stretching exercises, anti-inflammatory medications, and inserts for your shoes.
      Ankle pain is an extremely common complaint with many causes. It is important to accurately diagnose the cause of your symptoms so you can get appropriate treatment. If you have ankle pain, some common causes include:

      Arthritis causing ankle pain is much less common than degenerative changes in other joints. However, ankle cartilage can wear away and is often quite painful. Ankle arthritis is most common in patients with rheumatoid arthritis or in patients with a previous injury to the ankle joint.

      Ankle sprains cause an injury to the ligaments around the ankle. Sprains can cause significant ankle pain, as well as swelling and a feeling as though the joint may 'give-out.'
      •High Ankle Sprain A high ankle sprain is a specific type of ligament injury to the ankle. In a high ankle sprain, the ligaments on top of the joint are injured. The treatment and rehabilitation from a high ankle sprain is different from a usual sprain.

      Tendonitis can occur in any of the tendons around the joint and cause ankle pain. Tendonitis occurs when the tendons, the attachments of muscles to the bone, become irritated and inflamed.
      •Posterior Tibial Tendonitis
      Posterior tibial tendonitis cause ankle pain on the inside part of the joint. If left untreated, posterior tibial tendonitis can lead to significant walking problems.

      •Achilles Tendonitis
      Achilles tendonitis causes ankle pain in the back of the joint. Achilles tendonitis is the most common type of tendonitis around the ankle joint.

      Ankle fractures are a common type of broken bone. However, there any many different types of ankle fractures and each of these must be treated individually. Some ankle fractures can be treated like sprains, and others require surgery.

      •Cartilage Damage
      The cartilage of the ankle joint is susceptible to injury if you sustain an ankle sprain, fracture, or other traumatic injury. Cartilage injuries can run the spectrum from a limited area of damage to more widespread ankle arthritis.

      Gout is an uncommon cause of ankle pain. However, in patients who have a diagnosis of gout, it must be considered as a cause for new ankle pain.


      Take care! Mama Bear

    What are the symptoms of the menopause?
    My mother is beginning to enter the menopause and I was wondering what health problems it can cause. Anything like depression? Anxiety? Heart problems?

    • ANSWER:
      Signs and symptoms
      Every woman experiences menopause differently. Even the age at which menopause begins may be unique to you. Some women reach menopause in their 30s or 40s, and some not until their 60s, but menopause most often occurs between the ages of 45 and 55.

      Your signs and symptoms also are likely to be very individual. You may breeze through menopause with few signs and symptoms. Or you may experience a number of physical and emotional changes, including:

      Irregular periods. Your menstrual periods may stop suddenly, or gradually get lighter or heavier and then stop. The unpredictability of your periods may be your first clue that menopause is approaching.
      Decreased fertility. When ovulation begins to fluctuate, you're less likely to become pregnant. Until you haven't had a period for a year, however, pregnancy is still possible.
      Vaginal and urinary changes. As your estrogen level declines, the tissues lining your vagina and urethra — the opening to your bladder — become drier, thinner and less elastic. With decreased lubrication you may experience burning or itching, along with increased risk of infections of your urinary tract or vagina. These changes may make sexual intercourse uncomfortable or even painful. You may feel the need to urinate more frequently or more urgently, and you may experience urinary incontinence.
      Hot flashes. As your estrogen level drops, your blood vessels may expand rapidly, causing your skin temperature to rise. This can lead to a feeling of warmth that moves upward from your chest to your shoulders, neck and head. You may sweat, and as the sweat evaporates from your skin, you may feel chilled, weak and slightly faint. Your face might look flushed, and red blotches may appear on your chest, neck and arms. Most hot flashes last from 30 seconds to several minutes, although they can last much longer. The frequency, as well as the duration, of hot flashes varies from person to person. You may have them once every hour or only occasionally. They can occur any time during the day or night. They may be a part of your life for a year or more, or you may never have them.
      Sleep disturbances and night sweats. Night sweats are often a consequence of hot flashes. You may awaken from a sound sleep with soaking night sweats followed by chills. You may have difficulty falling back to sleep or achieving a deep, restful sleep. Lack of sleep may affect your mood and overall health.
      Changes in appearance. Many women gain a modest amount of weight — about 5 pounds on average — during the menopausal transition. The fat that once was concentrated in your hips and thighs may settle above your waist and in your abdomen. You may notice a loss of fullness in your breasts, thinning hair and wrinkles in your skin. If you previously experienced adult acne, it may become worse. Although your estrogen level drops, your body continues to produce small amounts of the male hormone testosterone. As a result, you may develop coarse hair on your chin, upper lip, chest and abdomen.
      Emotional and cognitive changes. You may experience irritability, fatigue, decreased memory and diminished concentration as you approach menopause. These symptoms have sometimes been attributed to hormonal fluctuations. Yet other factors are more likely to contribute to these changes, including sleep deprivation and stressful life events — such as the illness or death of a parent, grown children leaving home or returning home, and retirement.

      Several chronic medical conditions tend to appear after menopause. By becoming aware of the following conditions, you can take steps to help reduce your risk:

      Cardiovascular disease. At the same time your estrogen levels decline, your risk of cardiovascular disease increases. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in women as well as in men. Yet you can do a great deal to reduce your risk of heart disease. These risk-reduction steps include stopping smoking, reducing high blood pressure, getting regular aerobic exercise and eating a diet low in saturated fats and plentiful in whole grains, fruits and vegetables.
      Osteoporosis. During the first few years after menopause, you may lose bone density at a rapid rate, increasing your risk of osteoporosis. Osteoporosis causes bones to become brittle and weak, leading to an increased risk of fractures. Postmenopausal women are especially susceptible to fractures of the hip, wrist and spine. That's why it's especially important during this time to get adequate calcium — 1,500 milligrams daily — and vitamin D — 400 to 800 international units daily. It's also important to exercise regularly. Strength training and weight-bearing activities such as walking and jogging are especially beneficial in keeping your bones strong.
      Urinary incontinence. As the tissues of your vagina and urethra lose their elasticity, you may experience a frequent, sudden, strong urge to urinate (urge incontinence) or incontinence with coughing, laughing or lifting (stress incontinence).
      Weight gain. Many women gain weight during the menopausal transition. You may need to eat less — perhaps as many as 200 to 400 fewer calories a day — and exercise more, just to maintain your current weight.

    I have these strange symptons for the last four years and no doctor find the cause?
    Since may 2005 I have started feeling a sensation of tingling all over my body. It started suddenly and last about 10 minutes ( I had four of these episodes until present) the rest of the time I feel all over my body like tickling specially in my arms, legs and trunk. What could it be? I have visited many specialist ( cardiologist,allergist,neurologist, internal medicine even naturologist) and no one find the cause.

    • ANSWER:
      Low levels or deficiency of vitamin B12 affect the nerves...have folate checked as well. Both cause tingling sensations. Good link to check out of others with your symptoms who were found to have low vitamin B12 levels>>> http://www.steadyhealth.com/Pins_and_Needles_All_Over_My_Body__t101425.html

      As vitamin B12 is quite easy to misdiagnose, two tests should be performed - a serum B12 test - over 800pg/ml or 600pmol/l is optimal and a urinary methylmalonic acid test (UMMA) which is more accurate and aids in diagnosis of vitamin B12 deficiency. Vitamin B12 in sublingual (under the tongue) form is very effective in boosting vitamin B12 levels. In one clinical trial, it concluded that oral B12 may be superior to B12 injections.

      Vitamin D deficiency can cause tingling all over as well in some people. Test to request - 25(OH)D - optimal vitamin D level - 80ng/ml or 200nmol/l. 5000IU daily is recommended by the vitamin D council.

      Magnesium deficiency symptoms include tingling sensations all over the body but is listed as a more severe symptom and usually you would have muscle spasms as well.

      Long lasting or recurring paresthesia causes >>>

      * Brain, spinal cord or peripheral nerve disorders: trauma, stroke, intra-cerebral hemorrhage, multiple sclerosis, tumors, encephalitis, meningitis, herniated disc, cervical spondylosis, pressure on the nerve (carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatica), repetitive motion or prolonged vibration, neuralgia

      * Circulatory (heart and vessels) disorders: angina pectoris, atherosclerosis, acute arterial occlusion, vasculitis, Raynaud disease, vertebrobasilar circulatory disorders

      * Metabolic and hormonal disorders: diabetes, low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), hypothyroidism, hypoparathyroidism, hypoaldosteronism (Conn syndrome), menopause, abnormal blood levels of calcium, potassium or sodium, uremia, porphyria

      * Infections and post-infection syndromes: infection with Herpes simplex virus, Herpes zoster virus, arbovirus; canker sores, Lyme disease, AIDS (HIV), leprosy, Guillain-Barré syndrome, rabies, syphilis

      * Connective tissue and autoimmune diseases: rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), Sjögren’s syndrome, pernicious anaemia, diabetes

      * Blood disorders: thrombosis, polycythemia, thrombocytosis, leukemia

      * Bones and joints disorders: arthritis, osteomalacia, osteoporosis

      * Fibromyalgia

      * Nutrient deficiency: vitamin B1 deficiency (beriberi), vitamin B5 and B12 deficiency

      * Malignancies

      * Skin disorders: burns, frostbite, Ito syndrome, acrodynia, acroparesthesia

      * Migraine

      * Psychological disorders: anxiety, panic attack, psychiatric disease

      * Medications: anti-convulsant drugs, lomotil, SSRI withdrawal, amiodarone, colistimethate, digoxin, dimercaprol, mefloquine, riluzole , tetrodotoxin, thallium, topiramate, overdose of lidocain or vitamin B6

      * Alcohol, tobacco, illegal drugs

      * Poisoning: heavy metals (arzenic, lead, mercury), long term exposure to nitrous oxide, carbon monoxide, ciguatera poisoning, snake bites

      * Radiation exposure, chemotherapy

      * Hereditary diseases: Refsum syndrome, Fabry disease, Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (a hereditary disorder that causes wasting of the leg muscles), porphyria, Denny-Brown’s syndrome (a hereditary disorder of the nerve root), ataxia-teleangiectasia

      * Immune deficiency

      More information >>>


    After a Total Abdominal Hysterectomy, when will the feelings of Menapause start?
    How long until the body stops producing hormones?
    My boobs still leak and its 14 weeks tomorrow since the op.
    I had hot flashes the first couple of weeks and I had them on and off before the op too, but I haven't had any symptoms since......
    I'm 50.
    A Total Abdominal Hystrectomy means everything was removed.

    • ANSWER:
      Some women don't have any symptoms of menopause. Some were in peri-menopause for years, and didn't realize it, so they may not notice the symptoms.

      I had a total abdominal hysterectomy too last year, but I kept my ovaries. I learned that taking out the ovaries has another name for it (oophorectomy I think is the name of it). I haven't had any feelings of menopause since then. Although, I have had hot flashes, shortness of memory, etc. for the last few years anyway. I may still be in the peri-menopause state since I still have my ovaries. But I tell ya, I don't miss the periods every month!!!

      I HIGHLY recommend you check out www.hystersisters.com. They helped me EXTREMELY with my questions and advice on hysterectomies. It's a support group and it's FREE.

      I wish I'd found the site before I had mine. A lot of my questions and concerns would have been answered with just looking at the responses on this website. But I stumbled on the site a few days after my hysterectomy and learned of various things I should do before the surgery, things I'm entitled to at the hospital (which the hospital doesn't tell you), questions to ask the doctor, etc. It's an awesome site for women.

      I hope it helps you, it has helped me and my family and friends

    What to do about hot flashes and night sweats.?
    I am only 26, had a hysterectomy 2 years ago which put me into early menapause. I can't take the hormone replacement therapy because it causes my pain to reoccur from endometriosis. How long does menopause last? Are there any natural things I can take to stop the continuous hot flashes and night sweats?

    • ANSWER:
      Drink soy milk. It's the most natural thing you can take to ease these symptoms. The duration of menopause can be different for everyone. Try to stay away from hormone or estrogen therapy drugs. as they can lead to cancers.
      Do a search on wild yam products. This is another healthy and natural way to combat symptoms. Good luck to you.

    How long do Menopause problem symptoms last for?
    The hot flashes & sweating is awful. How lomg can I expect it to continue?

    • ANSWER:
      Hot flashes are the classic sign of menopause, as well as the most common reason for seeking treatment. A hot flash produces a sudden sensation of warmth or even intense heat that spreads over various parts of the body, especially the chest, face, and head. Flushing and sweating usually occur as well, followed by a chill. Some women feel their heart beating very fast or hard and feel anxious.

      These flashes last anywhere from a few seconds to several minutes. How often they occur varies from woman to woman. Women who have had a hysterectomy are more likely to have hot flashes. Many women experience most of their hot flashes in the first 2 years after menopause, and find that the hot flashes gradually lessen. However, some women have hot flashes for several years before menopause, and some have them for 10, 20, or even 40 years or longer after menopause.

    How can I tell if my back pain is from depression or from menopause?
    I have always been depressed. I take an antidepressant, Effexor XR. Antidepressants cause me to gain weight. I don't want to have the dose upped if this pain is from menopause.

    Any suggestions? thanks...female 48.

    • ANSWER:
      Women may have different signs or symptoms at menopause.

      •Irregularity in periods: Irregularity in periods is one of the earliest changes that a woman may notice. Periods around menopause can last shorter or longer; bleeding can be less or more To make sure there isn’t a problem, see your doctor if:
      · Your periods come very close together
      · You have heavy bleeding
      · You have spotting
      · Your periods last more than a week

      •Hot flashes: A hot flash is a sudden feeling of heat in the upper part or all of your body. Your face and neck become flushed. Red blotches may appear on your chest, back, and arms. Heavy sweating and cold shivering can follow. Flashes can be very mild or strong enough to wake you from your sleep (called night sweats). Most hot flashes last between 30 seconds to 10 minutes.
      •Problems with your vagina and bladder: Changing estrogen levels can cause your genital area to get drier and thinner. This could make sexual intercourse uncomfortable. Or, you could have more vaginal or urinary infections. Some women find it hard to hold their urine long enough to get to the bathroom. Sometimes urine leaks during exercise, sneezing, coughing, laughing, or running.
      •Sleep: Around midlife, some women start having trouble getting a good night’s sleep. Maybe you can’t fall asleep easily, or you wake too early.
      •Sex: You may find that your feelings about sex are changing. You could be less interested. Or, you could feel freer and sexier after menopause.
      •Mood swings: Though the reasons for this are not clear yet, but you might find yourself more moody or irritable around the time of menopause.
      Other Issues
      •Osteoporosis: Estrogen helps control bone loss, and losing estrogen around the time of menopause causes women to lose more bone than is replaced. In time, bones can become weak and break easily. This condition is called osteoporosis. Talk to your doctor to see if you should have a bone density test to find out if you are at risk. Your doctor can also suggest ways to prevent or treat osteoporosis.
      •Heart disease: After menopause, women are more likely to have heart disease. Changes in estrogen levels may be part of the cause. As you age, you may gain weight and develop other problems, like high blood pressure. These could put you at greater risk for heart disease. Talk to your health care provider to find out what you should do to protect your heart.

    Are blood clots in a period a sign of the menopause?
    I'm 40, never had children and have only been having blood clots for the last 8 months. Sometimes they are the size of the tampon. I can also suddenly have a very heavy 'flood' and the cramps can be very painful. The time between periods is also geting shorter but the periods themselves are no longer. Could it be pre-menopause? Or anything to be concerned about?

    • ANSWER:
      i hope not... things like that happen to me sometimes and i am 23, but i never worried about it really because i have always had problems and my mum did too so i haven't really thought about it, having looked at some of your answers i think i might have too see my doctor about it :/

    How to promote and allow full recovery of a knee injury to avoid athritis and surgery?
    Had a knee injury not to long ago. It recovered, to an extent, but still bugs me from time to time. How can I get my knee back to normal (or at least as best I can) without medications of any kind. I don't want to be reminded of this when I'm much older and don't ever want surgery. Has anybody had any luck with this and what should I do?

    • ANSWER:
      HOMEOPATHIC TREATMENT FOR ARTHRITIS without any side effects or complications of any sort, (Arthritis including Gout, Arthritis Deformans/Osteoarthritis and Rheumatism) :-

      Pain knee joints, worse by movements; better initial movements, continuous pain in joints, worse while rising from seat; pain in heels, worse by movements. Cassia Sophera 30X, 4 hourly

      Acute attack of gout of joints of the feet.Pain with bright red swelling Aconite Nap 200, 2 hourly

      Pain with inflammation, worse by movements. Bryonia Alba 200 or 1M, 6 hourly

      Complaints worse after rest and exposure to cold Rhus tox 200 or 1M, 4 hourly

      Complaints worse during menstruation; beginning at the time of menopause; more in hands and feet Caulophyllum 30X, 4 hourly

      When the origin of complaints is gonorrhoeal; worse during day time. Medorrhinum 1M. fortnightly (3 Doses)

      When the origin of complaints is tubercular Tuberculinum k, 1M fortnightly (3 Doses)

      Complaints of small joints with red or pale swelling; tenderness and shifting pains; worse by motion. Main remedy for gout during cold weather Colchicum 30X, 4 hourly

      When Rhus Tox cease to work; pain is worse in cold damp weather and better by movements Calcarea Carb 200 or 1M, 6 hourly (6 Doses)

      Nodosities in the joints with gastric complaints. At last nodules become painless (Rheumatoid Arthritis). Tongue whitish thickly coated Antim Crud 30X or 200, 6 hourly

      Complaints of feets and ankles; stiffness Drosera 200 fortnightly (3 Doses)

      Complaints of long bones; contraction of ligaments Causticum 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Pain worse at night; in wet weather; Rheumatism of large muscles Cimicifuga 30X, 4 hourly

      Rheumatism; worse in damp cold weather. Gout.Pain in limbs and hip joints Natrum Sulph 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Pain travels downwards affecting the large part of a limb and passes through quickly along course of nerve Kalmia Lat 30X or 200, 6 hourly

      Pains worse during rest, night and warmth, better by cold, open air and movements Pulsatilla 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Pain :- violent; bruised or as if sprained ; cannot bear touch, feels somebody coming near him may touch him and hit the affected part Arnica Montana 200, 4 hourly

      Gout of great toe and joints with swelling; soreness and drawing pain on stepping; worse in warmth, pressure and motion. Pain travels upwards; better cold compresses Ledum Pal 200, 4 hourly

      Gouty nodosities of joints; tearing pain and extremities and contraction of the muscles Guaiacum 30 4 hourly

      Chronic nodosities of joints; hands twisted, out of shape due to deposits of water of soda Ammonium Phos 6X or 30, 4 hourly

      Gouty complaints with offensive urine Acid Benzoic 6X or 30, 4 hourly

      When there is red sand in urine in gouty patients Lycopodium 30, 4 hourly

      Severe pain with enlargement of the joints; worse during rest and when storm approaches Rhododendron 200 or 1M, 10 min (3 Doses)

      Almost a specific for gout (to drain out uric acid and urates) Urtica Urens Q(Mother Tincture) 4 hourly, 8 -10 drops in hot water

      Arthritic deformans (chronic rheumatoid, particularly of fingers) Picric Acid 30X, 4 hourly

      Rheumatic pains or arthritis after checked diarrhoea Abrotanum 30 or 200 4 hourly (6 Doses)

      Specific for pain with numbness; Pain so severe patient says that he would prefer death than the pain Chamomilla 200 or 1M, 1/2 hourly (3 Doses)

      Pain appear diagonally as right arm and left leg with sensation of cold, numbness and tingling Agaricus Mus 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      In weak persons; burning pain with chilliness, feels better by heat, while eating, and worse in cold open air Capsicum 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Unbearable pain; rigidity and stiffness. Superiority / inferiority complex Platina 1M, weekly (3 Doses)

      Pain flies like electric shock; due to exposurse of damp cold weather. Better by warmth and rest Phytolacca 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Rheumatic pain, worse after washing clothes, doing laundry work Sepia 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Pain in long bones; may be due to injury or rheumatism Ruta Grav 200, 6 hourly

      Pain worse on slightest touch specially after loss of vital fluids like excessive bleeding, diarrhoea, vomiting China Off 6X or 30, 3 hourly

      Pain in the small joints of extremities with swelling. Backache, worse in the morning before rising Staphysagria 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Pain heels; better by putting most of the weight on them Berberis Vulgaris Q (Mother Tincture) 4 hourly, 8 - 10 drops

      Stiffing pain in all parts of the body; worse by movement Stellaria Q(Mother Tincture) 4 hourly, 8-10 drops in warm water

      Rheumatic pain without swelling; pain joints; worse at night Iodium 30X, 4 hourly

      Osteo-arthritis of large joints with degeneration. Pain, swelling, stiffness and tenderness of joints; worse by motion (cracking joints) and cold ; better by warmth O.A.Nosode 1M, weekly (6 Doses)

      Chronic muscular rheumatism of back and neck. Intense pain along with sciatic nerve. Numbness alternates with pain Gnaphalium 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Muscular atrophy; rigidity and stiffness Strychninum 3X or 6X, 4 hourly

      Rheumatism accompained with skin ailments and itiching; cannot walk erect Sulphur 200, 10 min (3 Doses)

      Rheumatism of knee joint; with round worms Natrum Phos 6X or 30, 4 hourly

      For defective bony growth; better by warmth and worse by cold Calcarea Flour 12X or 30, 4 hourly

      Take the remedy which is similar to your symptoms.
      No side effects or complications if taken as directed, please do not exceed the given dosage and under any circumstances do not try to mix any remedies and avoid Chocolates, Mints, Coffee, Red Meat, Alcoholic and Carbonated drinks, Spicy Rich Food while taking any Homeopathic remedies, and keep the medicines away from direct sunlight, heat strong smells and perfumes and do not store them in the fridge.

      Curing without any side effects or Complications Thats the Beauty of Homeopathic Medicine (Cures Par Excellence)

      Take Care and God Bless !

      For more information please read this answer too :- http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=ArPlqi.DpJ4hU6Pdd_84oL7ty6IX?qid=20070730090710AA9mQNo&show=7#profile-info-ckarxS0Caa

    How Long Does Menopause Last?
    Ok my mother is going through menopause, and she wants to know how long will it last.. It is driving crazy, and she also is being a bitch about it, so please help me out. .
    My mother had not had a period for five years.. Just to let you all know.

    • ANSWER:
      Menopause is the ending of the menses, so it that respect it's permanent. I think you are wondering more about the symptoms(hot flashes, grouchiness,etc...)of menopause and how long that lasts right? It varies from woman to woman. I've seen women get through it in as fast as a year or two and as long as 10.

    How long is it possible for a woman to lactate? See details..?
    Can a woman lactate permanently after having a child providing that she empties her breasts several times a day every day (via breastpump or partner ect) and maintains good breast health-and never has any more children or gets pregnant again?
    Also how will menopause effect lactation? Could said person continue to lactate normally through and past menopause without any change or?
    Are there any other circumstances that would effect this?

    Mature responses only please :) thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Theoretically, no. But I have to tell you that in more primitive cultures it is common for grandmothers to nurse their grandchildren. And I have seen them produce milk. Difficult for me to explain this physiologically.

      Look, I believe in evolution and I am not hung up on the Bible as being the only way to explain things, but among the last verses of the Book of Ruth, it is stated, "And Naomi to Obed (her grandson) to her bosom and was a nurse unto him." Admittedly not all versions of the Bible translate it this way, but it is interesting vis a vis your question.

    What is the average age for menopause and how long does it last for?
    How old do women get it at, on average?
    What are all the symptoms?
    How long a day do they have it?
    How many days a month?
    How many years does this last for?

    THANKS! :o)

    • ANSWER:
      Around the age of 50 is normal but this age can vary a lot. and you ask How long does it go on for , well menopause is the cessation of periods. so it last for ever but the symptons vary. you can get hot sweats for many months and for some people the sweats go on for years and usually at night time. But really your child bearing days are over after you have had your last period and it is great not to have to put up with them any more. some peoples last one can be very heavy or sometimes they may be light before they have finished completely also you could go for several months without having one

    How long does it take for periods to stop with premature ovarian failure?
    My periods last a day and a half to two days now, just wondering when they will stop completely. I have almost all symptoms of menopause from hot flashes to anxiety to cold sweats to the embarrassing parts, and I am 24. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      There's no clear guide--everyone is different. Complicating matters is that women with premature ovarian failure are advised to take hormone replacement to avoid the numerous body-damaging problems inherent in ovarian failure at a young age. Hormone replacement causes a bleed that is like a period, so they can't tell what their body is doing on its own. If you have premature ovarian failure, then you should be taking hormones. And check out www.ipofa.org, which is a support group.

    How long will it take for my breast milk to dry up?
    My daughter is 18 months old and I had to abruptly stop breastfeeding her because I got Lyme disease from a tick and had to take meds/steroid cream. Ugh! If that isnt bad enough my breasts really hurt and my daughter seems devistated....always tugging on my shirt and throwing fits. It's been a week since we quit. Is there any hope in sight? Has anyone else delt with this? How long will it be before my milk dries?

    • ANSWER:
      It may never dry up completely until you hit menopause.

      There is no reason to have weaned, you should go back to breastfeeding. Call Motherisk tomorrow and they will be glad to tell you that the medications you are on are safe, particularly as you are nursing a child that is over 1 year old who can metabolize drugs at a near adult level.
      Motherisk: (416) 813-6780 Mon-Fri 9-5 EST (call from anywhere in the world, they will even speak to your doctor)

      If you do continue with the weaning, you should never do so without information on how to dry up your milk and reduce the risks of mastitis, plugged ducts, breast abscess and depression (from the rapid hormone changes). It disgusts me that your doctor would not only give you inaccurate information on medication safety but then not give you information on how to safely stop breastfeeding.
      Lactation Suppression: http://www.prematureoptimism.com/linkBlog/?p=67

      You can also look up your meds here (but motherisk is better because they can recommend safer meds if there are any):
      LactMed: http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/htmlgen?LACT
      SafeFetus: http://safefetus.com/Search.asp

      If a mother does become infected with Lyme disease, she will likely not know about it until symptoms appear (7-14 days or longer), and baby will have already been exposed to the illness at that point (IF it can be transmitted via breastmilk - we don't know whether this is possible). Breastfeeding builds baby's immune system and will also provide baby with extra antibodies to Lyme disease. Discontinuing breastfeeding would deprive baby of the extra immune protection from breastfeeding.

      The general consensus is that breastfeeding should continue if a mother has Lyme disease, especially if she has already started or completed treatment. There are several medications that can be used to treat Lyme disease in breastfeeding mothers.

      Steroids [contents]
      [PDF high dosage methylprednisolone] Solu-Medrol, Depo-Medrol, Medrol Approved C L2
      Prednisolone - Approved C L2
      Prednisone Deltasone, Meticorten, Orasone Approved C L2

      Amoxicillin Larotid, Amoxil Approved B L1

      Lactation Risk Categories
      * L1 (safest)
      * L2 (safer)
      * L3 (moderately safe)
      * L4 (possibly hazardous)
      * L5 (contraindicated)

      There are no reports of Lyme disease transmission from breast milk.

      Oral antibiotics
      Oral antibiotics are the standard treatment for early-stage Lyme disease. These usually include doxycycline for adults and children older than 8, or amoxicillin or cefuroxime axetil for adults, younger children and pregnant or breast-feeding women. These drugs often clear the infection and prevent complications. A 14- to 21-day course of antibiotics is usually recommended, but some studies suggest that courses lasting 10 to 14 days are equally effective. In some cases, longer treatment has been linked to serious complications.

    I suffer Migraine headaches once a month, How long does usually last?
    I am 44 and going through the change of life. Right now I am right in the middle of PMS and Menopause. The doctor told me I would have headaches but they are really bad ones. I do cold packs and I take Advil for the pain. But mine last at least 4 days or more. Is this normal for headaches to last this long when going through Menopause?

    Please be gentle with your answers. I am very serious and I am hurting a lot. This months period was the worst. I felt so abnormal. I was not myself at all. I felt really off balanced.

    Thanks for your help
    I have been under a lot of stress too which doesn't help.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes migraines can last days the worse one that I had lasted for about 6 days. And my daughter would get them so often that her neurologist had to put her on a preventive medication. The two that worked best for her are nuerontin and topamax. You should ask your doctor to give you something that would help prevent them. Also when she or I do get them we use Excedrin. It has 250 Mg's of aspirin, 250Mg's of the medicine in Tylenol and about 30 Mg's of caffeine. The aspirin and the Tylenol are for the pain and the caffeine helps enlarge the blood vessels in the head to allow the blood to flow more freely. Try it it really works and its the only medication that my family takes. Don't take it if you're allergic to aspirin.

    How long after you stopped your periods is it safe ?
    I "think" I am in the menopause. I'm forty four and last year my periods started to get sporadic and I started getting hot flushes and my emotions were all over the place. Now all the other symptoms are gone, no hot flushes, I'm even tempered again but my periods have disappeared altogether, it's been at least five months now.

    What I would like to know is a) How do you know if you are actually experiencing menopause and b) How do you know if you are safe to have intercourse without contraception?
    Just a question as someone said I should go for hormone replacement. If my symptoms aren't bad ( and they seem to have disappeared) should I still think about that?

    • ANSWER:
      The biggest thing is to go to your doctor they will run tests looking at your different levels of hormones (thyroid, estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, etc.) to know that you at a menopausal state. The later would be to know if you are fully into menopause or not.

    What could be cause of prolonged period of 46 year old female. This is the second longer period in a row.?
    The first one was ten days long the current one is 12 days and still going. It is light, as mine usually are, well actually a little lighter than normal. I will be going to the gyn soon, just wanted some input.

    • ANSWER:
      I agree with the other respondent Sound like you are reaching Menopause.
      If this is the case your doctor will go over some options for the side effects that this life change brings.
      This will be one of your last periods if you opt not to do the hormone therapy and accept life as it comes.
      Good luck.

    how long does the menopause genrally last?
    My mum has had a very irregular period for the past 3 years.
    She describes it as bleeding for say 2 days, then nothing for a day or so then again.
    This is a constant thing, not just once every month.
    She has had a smear test and its clear. What could be wrong?
    She is 51.

    • ANSWER:
      A woman is menopausal after her periods have stopped for one year. Menopause typically occurs in a woman's late forties to early fifties. More information and remedies at http://useinfo4.blogspot.com/

    Can amoxicillin make your period last longer?
    I had been on my period for two days, and then I got sick and was prescribed amoxicillin for 10 days. I usually have my period for 5-7 days and I'm currently on day 13. I also missed last month..Is this just my period being weird or could the antibiotics be a factor?

    • ANSWER:
      Hello Cari, Yes.


      Stress and Anxiety: If the woman is under some kind of mental stress, due to any event in her personal or professional life, it can cause irregularity in the cycle, i.e. delay the cycle or cause excessive bleeding.

      Poor diet: If the woman does not eat properly, skips meals or eats mostly junk food which lacks in the required nutrients essential for a healthy body, it can cause an alteration in her menstrual cycles.

      Medication: A woman who is taking some drugs or medicines, can have her cycles altered as a side effect of the medication.

      Physical Activity: An excess of physical activities, such as exercising more than the body can take, can also create menstrual problems.

      New Cycle: When a girl has just started with her menses, for a period of up to a year, her cycle might be irregular, resulting in her experiencing long cycles.

      Menopause: A woman above the age of forty, who is nearing menopause, experiences lots of irregularities and changes in her menstrual cycles, till the time they finally end. These changes take place due to an unbalance that is created in the hormones estrogen and progesterone, when a woman nears the end of her reproductive years.

      Sex: A woman who has had sex for the first time, might find her menstrual cycle getting changed during that specific month. This is because lots of hormonal changes take place inside a woman's body when she becomes sexually active.

      Disease: Women who have diabetes, thyroid problems, pituitary disorders, liver problems, pelvic inflammatory disease, polycystic ovary syndrome or other health conditions are more prone to having long cycles.

    Can you get a B12 shot that actually lasts a full six months?
    (For menopause.)
    Today someone stated this. I have not heard of a vitamin B12 shot lasting that long. The woman who stated this said her doctor was giving them to her; so she would not have to come in every 2 months to get the viatamin B12 shot, just once every six months.
    It sounds good but I just have never heard of this I am very curious. I could not find a six month B12 shot on the internet.
    It is not for me at all.I am just very interested. I just have not heard of it.
    Thank you kindly to all of your answers, and great insite!

    • ANSWER:
      I have never heard of this type of shot and am a professional in the health care field. The typical usage/dosage is either weekly for 4 weeks then monthly or just monthly; occasionaly with different diagnoses you will see them ordered every other month, but perhaps her doctor is treating her profolacticly which simply means, "just in case".
      In all reality, it is most likely not a "different" B12 shot, but a doctor's choice on how often to administer.

    How long after you stopped your periods is it safe ?
    I "think" I am in the menopause. I'm forty four and last year my periods started to get sporadic and I started getting hot flushes and my emotions were all over the place. Now all the other symptoms are gone, no hot flushes, I'm even tempered again but my periods have disappeared altogether, it's been at least five months now.

    What I would like to know is a) How do you know if you are actually experiencing menopause and b) How do you know if you are safe to have intercourse without contraception?

    • ANSWER:
      1) those sound like classic menopausal symptoms to me
      2) i wouldn't until you are absolutely sure, you could have a change of life baby, if you are that concerned or have any questions, i suggest speaking to a physician

    how long does menopause usually last in women ?
    when women go thru menopause how many days, weeks or
    months does it last?

    • ANSWER:
      until she dies.

    Can you start ovulation a few days before?
    I had my last period Dec. 26, 2009-Dec 30, 2009
    I am not due to start ovulating for another four to five days. Now I keep having this pain that I get I am ovulating. Can a woman ovulate four-five days before hand? Or is it too early?

    • ANSWER:
      Unless you're cycles are 18 days long it's too early to ovulate but there is no reason that you aren't ovulating right now.

      You know, rapid cycles are often linked to peri-menopause, I'd be talking to my doctor about this if your cycles have sped up.

    How long does peri-menopause typically last?
    I've gone from my cycle shortening, now lengthening and my last time of the month lasted just one day??? Can it just go away NOW! :)
    Li, you have responded to every female question with a similar website to go to??? Are you a gyno.? Something is a miss ...

    • ANSWER:
      menopause goes on in some form for years. my wife went thru it within two years. do a little research. i found out symptoms of greater or lesser degree can last for ten years. one of my girl cousins wanted a hysterectomy to avoid symptoms. her doc said no.

    Is long term menstrual spotting from Spironolactone use dangerous?
    I'm a 40-yr-old woman and have been taking 100 mg of Spiro daily for the past year for acne and oily skin. It has worked wonders and has cleared up my skin tremendously. However, the spiro causes me to spot 2 weeks into my monthly cycle, and the spotting lasts longer than my normal period. Is this hurting my health? What health problems can this create long term?
    I've tried reducing my dosage, but either the spotting doesn't go away or the anti-acne/anti-oil effects do.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, unfortunately I can't answer any of your questions as a doctor could, but I was just prescribed Spironolactone from my dermatologist yesterday. She gave me 25 mg to start with, twice a day. I will also be taking it for hormonal acne. I was told it could cause my periods to be irregular, but I haven't been on it long enough to say whether that's going to be the case.

      Getting back to you though, I wouldn't worry about the spotting hurting your health...it sounds like more of an inconvenience than anything. Have u talked to your GYN doctor? If not, I would highly recommend that. Are u aware that Spironolactone has been shown to cause tumors in rats? While on this medication, regular breast exams are a good idea, whether cancer runs in your family or not. As far as long term problems caused by frequent spotting...you might begin menopause before you even have to worry about that. Still, it's important to go over these concerns with your doctor. Have u tried YAZ birth control for your acne? I heard it really improves your skin. That will be my next oral medication to try if the Spiro doesn't work out.

      Anyway, good luck to you. I know what it's like to have a face full of acne... it rips your soul apart. I wish you all the best- don't forget to talk to your Gynecologist :)




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