By far the most frequent question I get about menopause is "WHEN does it start?" Women between the ages of 36 and 55 ask the same thing: "I've missed X number of periods. Is it menopause?"
I can tell you that technically, menopause begins after you have missed periods for 12 months, but of course that technical answer doesn't help much because by the time you've missed 12 periods, you KNOW you're in menopause. What women really want to know is whether they are starting menopause.
Missed periods can be caused by a lot of things, the two most frequent being pregnancy and menopause. To even see those two words together strikes fear in many women's hearts. I have a good friend who started missing her periods and hoped it was because she was pregnant, but alas, it was menopause. Only your hormones know for sure.
So a 47-year-old who is asking me about two missed periods (and even in her email I can sense the panic in her question) could be facing two very differe...
Sleep disorders such as insomnia can make it difficult to become pregnant in the first place, but new research suggests that one specific type of sleep disorder may influence pregnancy outcomes and delivery complications.
Restless legs syndrome (also known as Willis-Ekbom disease) is characterized by a persistent urge to move the legs, usually due to unpleasant sensations. Symptoms typically occur at rest and are most common at night.
Pregnant women are two to three times more likely to suffer from restless legs syndrome (RLS) compared to the general population.
Predictors for restless legs syndrome during pregnancy include:
History of RLS (in previous pregnancies or prior to pregnancy)
Family history of RLS
Low iron level
Low folate level
High estrogen level
The negative effects of RLS during pregnancy
A Chinese study published in Sleep Medicine set out to determine the relationship b...
Periods, nobody likes 'em, but how do you know if you are suffering too much? Get the info you need to cope. Amenorrhea There are two types of amenorrhea, or absence of menstruation: Primary amenorrhea occurs when a girl with normal changes of puberty (such as breast development and pubic hair growth) doesn't get her first period by age 16. If that applies to you, see your doctor. Different problems can cause primary amenorrhea including genetic problems, excessive exercise and the eating disorder anorexia nervosa. Secondary amenorrhea occurs when a girl who has had regular cycles for at least six months, or who got her first period at least 18 months before, stops getting her periods for three cycle lengths. Causes include: Pregnancy -- This is one of the first things your doctor will check for. Medical conditions -- Such as thyroid problems or elevation of a hormone called prolactin. Stress -- Heavy emotional stress can cause you to miss ...
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