Conditions InDepth: Menopause
- May begin 3-5 years before your last menstrual period
- Lasts about one year after your last menstrual period
- Signs and symptoms may appear during this phase
- Complete cessation of menstrual periods
- You have had no menstrual periods for one year, undergo surgical menopause, or have a blood test confirmation of menopause
- Childbearing is no longer naturally possible
- Begins after your last menstrual period
- You no longer menstruate.
- The risk of certain health problems increases. These health problems include osteoporosis and vaginal dryness.
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Menopause. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated February 3, 2014. Accessed February 27, 2014.
Menopause basics. US Department of Health and Human Services—Women's Health website. Available at: http://womenshealth.gov/menopause/menopause-basics/index.html. Updated September 29, 2010. Accessed February 27, 2014.
- Reviewer: Kim A. Carmichael, MD, FACP
- Review Date: 03/2015 -
- Update Date: 03/15/2015 -
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