Introduction to Women’s Health — Menopause
Menopause is a natural part of aging that occurs in women between the ages of 45 and 55 characterized by a drop in estrogen levels which produces symptoms such as hot flashes, fatigue and weight gain (1). Significant health issues can also arise that include depression, osteoporosis and an increased risk of heart disease (2). The annual costs of treating these health issues in postmenopausal women are currently estimated at $10 billion for cardiovascular disease, $13.8 billion for osteoporosis, (3).
- “Menopause” posted on www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000894.htm
- Cutson TM. Managing Menopause. Am Fam Physician 2000;61:1391-40,1405-6
- “Menopause” – http://www.in.gov/isdh/18106.htm