Dra. Joana Faria - Ginecologist-Obstetrician - Lisbon, Portugal
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Menopause is the time that marks the end of your menstrual cycles. It's diagnosed after 12 months without having a menstrual period. Menopause can, exceptionally, happen as early as in your 30s or later, in your 60s, but the average age is 51-52 years old in Europe and United States.

In the months or years before menopause (perimenopause), you might experience irregular periods, vaginal dryness, hot flashes, chills, night sweats, sleep problems, mood changes, weight gain and slowed metabolism, thinning hair and dry skin and/or loss of breast fullness. The duration and severity of these symptoms varies from woman to woman. There are many effective treatments available, from lifestyle adjustments to hormone therapy.

Keep up with regular visits with your doctor for preventive health care and any medical concerns. Continue getting these appointments during and after menopause.

Always seek urgent medical advice if you have bleeding from your vagina after menopause.

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