Menopause Symptoms

A comprehensive guide to menopause symptoms, causes and remedies

First of all, you should bear in mind that you may have early menopause symptoms, but not necessarily be going through premature ovarian failure (POF). The fact is that some diseases and disorders may cause symptoms that are similar to that of early menopause. So it is of vital importance to determine the real cause of symptoms. Here we will give a list of certain disorders (and their short descriptions with relevance to the subject matter) that may cause similar to early menopause symptoms.

Hyperprolactinemia. Overproduction of prolactin is typical of hyperprolactinemia. Proclatin is the hormone reponsible for milk production in the breasts. Thus, the sign of hyperprolactinemia may be milky discharge from the breasts (galactorrhea). It is quite often that women suffering from hyperprolactinemia also experience stopping of their menses (amennorhea). But hyperprolactinemia is not caused by ovarian failure and low production of estrogen (as early or premature menopause is). If you are suspected of hyperprolactinemia you need to check your prolactin levels.

Polycystic ovarian syndrome. It is also called polycystic ovarian disease. It causes skipped menses and a some other symptoms, including excessive hair growth. When diagnosed the patient reveals a high ratio of luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle stimulating hormone (FSH). A high level of testosterone and DHEA (androgens) is also typical of polycystic ovarian syndrome.

Thyroid disease. Hypothryoid which causes hair loss, weight gain, moodiness, can cause amenorrhea as well. Hyperthryoid can cause palpitations and sweats that may seem like hot flashes or night sweats.

Cushing’s disease. Overactive adrenal glands are typical of Cushing’s disease. As a matter of fact it causes amenorrhea (stopping of periods).

Pituitary and hypothamic disorders. It is quite often that women suffering from pitiuitary disorders go through amennorhea. They usually don’t have the typical symptoms that arise with low estrogen level (such as night sweats, hot flashes, etc.), but their menses stop. In fact, women with pitiuitary disorders have normal low LH and FSH levels, but may have elevated prolactin levels. So if you think you have early menopause symptoms but have normal level of luteinizing and follicle stimulating hormones, you may need to get a scan to determine whether you have a tumor or lesion.

There are some other causes of stopped periods that can be mistaken for an early menopause symptom. Actually, the are not disorder, but still here they are:

– excessive exercise,
– excessive weight gain,
– excessive weight loss,
– recent use of birth control pills,
– use of psychiatric drugs and certain narcotics,
– uterine adhesions (due to infection, etc. ).

Usually in such cases blood tests can help determine whether the stop of periods is just a temporal amenorrhea or it is an early menopause symptom.

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verna said, February 18th, 2008 at 9:54 pm

which narcotics and:or medications cause menopause?