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Alternate Names : Change of Life, Climacteric

Menopause | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What can be done to prevent the condition?

There is no prevention. All women will experience menopause.

What are the long-term effects of the condition?

Certain diseases are associated with estrogen loss in women. A woman who is past menopause is at higher risk for the following conditions:

  • heart disease
  • osteoporosis, which is a loss in bone density and hardness
  • urinary tract infections
  • vaginal infections
  • Many women have more desire for sex after menopause. This may be because pregnancy is no longer a worry. However, women who are still menstruating, and women who have stopped menstruating within the past year, may still get pregnant. Barrier birth control methods, intrauterine devices, which are also called IUDs, or tubal ligation can prevent pregnancy.

    What are the risks to others?

    Menopause is not catching. It poses no risks to others.

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    Menopause: Treatment & Monitoring

    Author: Terry Mason, MPH
    Reviewer: Melinda Murray Ratini, DO
    Date Reviewed: 08/15/02

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