This twelve-page handout educates women about managing menopause, which is the time in a woman's life that is reached when she has not had a period for one year. It explains that menopause usually occurs as a natural part of aging, as the woman's ovaries stop producing the hormones estrogen and progesterone, and outlines other reasons it can occur. It lists common signs of menopause, and identifies what women can to to help symptoms such as hot flashes, sleep, mood and feelings of anxiety, vaginal dryness or sexual problems, and dry skin and hair. The document provides recommendations for ways women can lower their risk of heart disease and osteoporosis.
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