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# Information About Menopause

### Correction to my previous comment

A woman's probability of being diagnosed with breast cancer is 3.45% for the 10 year span of age 60-69, not 3.45% per year as I erroneously reported below.

### Clarification of some statistics

According to the NIH, the average age of menopause, not perimenopause, is 51. (http://www.nia.nih.gov/healthinformation/publications/menopause.htm). The average age of perimenopause is several years younger.

I'd like to speak to your statement "By the time a woman turns 60, one out of twenty-eight women develop breast cancer." From age 50-59 a woman's lifetime probability of developing breast cancer is 1 in 42, and between the ages 60-69 it is 1 in 29. These data are from The National Cancer Institute "A woman’s chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer is:...from age 50 through age 59 . . . . . . 2.38 percent (often expressed as "1 in 42"), from age 60 through age 69 . . . . . . 3.45 percent (often expressed as "1 in 29")". http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/detection/probability-breast-cancer

Lifetime probability is not a concept that is frequently presented in the media and, therefore, not often explained or understood. It presents far more ominous numbers than the equally correct 3.45% chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer (being diagnosed with breast cancer is not the same as "developing" it) each year for women aged 60-69.

It is also important to note, as did the NCI, "these probabilities are averages for the whole population. An individual woman’s breast cancer risk may be higher or lower, depending on a number of factors, including her family history, reproductive history, race/ethnicity, and other factors that are not yet fully understood."

### My wife was extremely moody,

My wife was extremely moody, always accusing me of doing something wrong and always looking to fight about something no matter how big or how small. I felt she wanted nothing to do with me in the bedroom to the point I gave up on everything. One day she called me at work and said she had moved out, leaving me with the kids and all the responsibilities of our family and everything we built together in our 23 year marriage. We ended up getting divorced, she has been gone for just over a year now and divorced for 6 months. Recently she wanted to get back together but I told her no. She has been out getting tattoos and running around like a teenager. Could her crazy behavior be because of menopause. I am very confused. She is 50 years old but acts like a teenager.

### Temperature change during menopause

I am 51 and have been going through Menopause for a couple of years now. My doctor has me on Divigel which has been controlling my mood swings and temperature but lately my head burns up all day. My body seems to generally run a higher temperature than everyone else around me but my head feels like it is extremely hot ALL THE TIME. It's not hot flashes - just a constant burn. And it's mainly my face and head. Could it be something other than hormones? My doctor has changed my hormone meds a couple of times now.

### Natural Hormone Balancing Is The Key

You have some good points here but please note that it is very normal in todays world to reach the onset of menopause in your late 30s and early 40s, the key to make this natural phase of life a healthy and happy time is to manage your hormone balance naturally via
careful methodical testing of better diets, natural supplements, routines and exercises.

For each and every woman hormone balancing is a personal thing so it's hard to apply any general rules, you must learn to understand your body, research well the treatments you
are thinking of trying and keep a log/journal
of any new medication, supplement, nutrition, routine change, etc along with any (side) effects you notice.

Dr. Holly Lucille
Certified Naturopathic Physician, Author and Educator.
Healing menopause and andropause for her clients.
Founder of the popular, informative, educational & resourceful site author of the NaturaPause treatment.

### Many Unanswered Questions

There are still many unanswered questions for women going through menopause. Although there can be similar symptoms from woman to woman, the strength and duration of symptoms can vary greatly between individuals. My mother had horrible symptoms, and took synthetic hormone replacements, which had terrible side effects. I was lucky; although I had symptoms which were irritating, they were mild to moderate and didn't last long. I didn't know at the time there were natural remedies out there which could help; I just suffered through it. It won't be so with my daughters. They will be educated about what is going on with their bodies, what options are available for relief, and will be empowered through the ability to make their own choices.

### Another menopause?

I had my uterus removed when I was 28 years old. I went through menopause around forty. I haven't had hot flashes for around 9 years till 12/09. Now I have intense hot flashes, around 25-30 a day. I also have them all night. I spend my entire night taking covers off and putting them back on a layer at a time, just to remove them again. One minute I am freezing, the next burning up. Most of these flashes are accompanied with nasea and dizziness.Is this common after so many years since menopause?

### Menopause after Hysterectomy

This is a good review of menopause and some of the perimenopausal signs and symptoms. I think another interesting take on this would be iatrogenic menopause or menopause that comes as a result of a total hysterectomy where the uterus, cervix and ovaries are all removed. This has been an unfortunate result for many women who have had hysterectomies especially those women who are well under the age of 40. This has led to much talk and debate over hormone replacement therapy and its proposed relief of menopausal symptoms after a hysterectomy. I have read many articles online about this subject. I found some good and encouraging information at .

Again great review.

### Early Stages of Menopause

I'm 46 years old and I guess I'm in the early stages of menopause, I have the mood swings, strange periods, and what's really bothering me is the breast tenderness, they actually hurt worse each month, is this also a common effect of early stages of menopause?

### menopause and depression

My sister-in-law is 46 years old and is suffering with depression and menopause. She's been spotting on and off for 1 year. In my opinion, she needs to be checked by a doctor and have some blood work done to determine if she needs hormone replacement. However, she doesn't have a job or medical insurance. Is there an alternative?

thanks

### For the last few months I

For the last few months I have been having severe hot flushed spells that last a few seconds sometimes longer and it feels like I have a fever but then it goes away and it may not happen again for awhile and I am only 36 and I feel fine otherwise. Is it possible that I am beginning menopause or should I be concerned that some other health problem is at work?

### gaining weight

I am a 46 year old woman who has had a hysterectomy 2 yrs ago. I seem to be gainging more and more weight which is affecting other areas of my health. Such as high blood presure and a collapsing disk in my lower back. What am I to do.
I can't keeping going on this way. I am not on any hormone therapy. What natural things can I do.

### metapause

i am very discouraged about my my bloating, hot flashes , also mood swings. i just cant believe that i used to be so small , as in a size 7 and now i cant fit into anything can someone plese please help me, i have no medical insurance and i dont what to do.

### menopause problem

my mother who is 48 years old is suffering from a serious problem of menstruation. once it starts, it doesnt stop. we have shown all the renowned doctors in town but of no avail. it stops after taking some heavy dose medicine but again it recurs the next month. she canot be operated anymore as she has already been operated a number of times for various other reasons and moreover there is a mesh set inside her stomach. i would be grateful if u please suggest some help.
thaking you in aticipation,
bipasha.