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Menopause

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A woman has reached menopause when she has not had a period for one year. Changes and symptoms can start several years earlier. They include:

-A change in periods – shorter or longer, lighter or heavier, with more or less time in between
-Hot flashes and/or night sweats
-Trouble sleeping
-Vaginal dryness
-Mood swings
-Trouble focusing
-Less hair on the head, more on the face

Some symptoms require treatment. Talk to your doctor about how to best manage menopause.

Make sure the doctor knows your medical history and your family medical history. This includes whether you are at risk for heart disease, osteoporosis, or breast cancer.

Source: MedlinePlus, National Library of Medicine

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