The overall goals in the assessment of menopausal women are no different to those for any patient. While menopause and aging are normal biological events, there can be consequences that can lead to considerable morbidity and mortality. The word ‘menopause’ encompasses the natural decline in ovarian function, however, the focus should be on defining symptoms and other factors that may be impacting on a woman’s daily activities, regardless of her hormone/menstrual profile.
The presentation of a woman in midlife can be an
opportunity for both the woman and her doctor to consider
a wide range of issues that may be impacting on quality of
life or that present a risk to her future health.
This article considers the assessment of a woman in the
The aim of assessment is to manage acute menopausal
symptoms (eg. hot flushes); the complications of
menopause (eg. osteoporosis); to avoid risk factors for
complications (eg. fracture, thromboembolism); and to
ensure a preventive healthcare plan is in place.
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