Menopause

May 2011

FocusMenopause

Menopausal transition

Assessment in general practice

Volume 40, No.5, May 2011 Pages 266-272

Sue Reddish

Background

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.

Objective/s

This article considers the assessment of a woman in the menopausal transition.

Discussion

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.

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.

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Correspondence afp@racgp.org.au

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