Menopause: Questions for the doctor

Menopause is when women stop getting their period. Some people call it “the change.” Menopause is different for each woman, but most women naturally reach menopause around age 50.

As you get closer to menopause, your ovaries make less and less of female hormones called estrogen (“ES-tra-jin”) and progesterone (“pro-JES-ter-own”). Eventually, your ovaries stop making these hormones completely.

It can take 2 to 8 years to go through menopause. Menopause is finished when you haven’t had a period in 12 months. Once you’ve finished menopause, you won’t be able to get pregnant.

Symptoms of menopause can include:

The good news is, there’s a lot you can do to help with these symptoms. Start by talking with your doctor.

What do I ask the doctor?

Visiting the doctor can be stressful. It helps to have questions written down ahead of time. Print this list of questions and take it with you to your next appointment.

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