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Mini Research Paper Menopause Definition Menopause is the end of fertility a change in every womens life and is defined as one day in a womens life the day after she has not seen her menstrual period for twelve consecutive months and no other biological or physiological reason is shown Menopause occurs when the ovaries run out of eggs and decrease production of sex hormones such as estrogen progesterone and to a lower extent androgen It is a unique and natural experience for every woman Prevalence It affects all women at some time in their life menopause can occur as early as when a women is in her 30s or as late as in her 60s For unknown reasons ovaries gradually begin to change on hormone production during a womens mid 30s In the womens late 40s the process speeds up and hormones fluctuate or change more causing irregular periods By her 50s her menstrual cycle finally ends completely Symptoms Diagnosis Every womans body is unique therefore her menopause experience will be just as unique as her 15-20 of women experience no physical symptoms at all during the end of their menstrual cycles Some of the symptoms are developed in a stage prior to menopause 61655Hot flashes 61655Urinary tract infections or painful urination 61655Vaginal dryness 61655Insomnia 61655Heart palpitations 61655Night sweats 61655Anxiety and irritability 61655Mood changes 61655Stress Risk Factors The majority of women experience natural menopause some women may experience early menopause due to medical interventions such as Surgically removing both ovaries known as bilateral oophorectomy If ovaries are damaged by radiation chemotherapy and certain drugs Specific medical conditions What also influences the time of menopause are Genetics and women who smoke cigarettes experience menopause 2 years earlier Detection Laboratory tests are done to determine if the women is menopausal they include Pap smear Mammography assessment of the uterine lining when indicated
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