Doctors may soon predict menopause symptoms

Women could soon know in advance the type and duration of menopausal symptoms they would most likely encounter later in life.

Using surveys from 600 women with natural menopause, researchers identified four menopause-related symptom profiles – psychological, somatic, sexual discomfort and vasomotor. They found that future symptoms can be predicted based on the timing and severity of health symptoms women have experienced through middle age.

For example, those whose vasomotor symptoms, such as hot flushes and cold sweats, worsened leading up to menopause experienced lesser symptoms post menopause, while others whose vasomotor symptoms started and peaked at a later stage experienced longer postmenopausal symptoms.

Read more at The University of Queensland

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