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Medical Definitions of Menopause, Menopause Symptoms

Brian is the founder of the Pulse of Oriental Medicine, medical professor at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, and author of Powerful Body, Peaceful Mind: How to Heal Yourself with Foods, Herbs, and Acupressure.

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What are the signs of menopause?
How does conventional western medicine define menopause, and perimenopause? What are the symptoms of menopause?

Menopause is the cessation of ovarian function which results in the loss of monthly menstruation. A woman is not considered post menopausal until 12 full months have passed since her last menstrual flow.

Perimenopause is the time between the last regular menstruation and menopause. This period is marked by irregular menstruation with decreased frequency, quantity and duration of flow. It usually lasts between 2-7 years.

An estimated 75-98% women develop menopausal symptoms (hypoestrogenism). Up to 25% of women develop symptoms that are disruptive enough to require medical assistance.

Symptoms associated with menopause:

  • irregular menses, changes in bleeding pattern, pain
  • hot flashes
  • PMS changes, duration, severity, breast distention
  • cognitive changes, memory loss, concentration
  • indigestion, diarrhea, gas, constipation, bloating, weight gain
  • myalgias and arthralgia, headaches and brain buzz, dizziness, nausea
  • dryness, rashes, itching prickly skin
  • frequent urination and incontinence
  • mucosal changes: bitter taste, dry mouth, bad breath, dry nostrils, eyes, vaginal dryness
  • insomnia
  • mood changes: anxiety, depression, irritability
  • libido loss, energy loss

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