Menopause

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What is menopause?

Menopause naturally occurs between 40 and 60 years of age due to decreasing function of the ovaries. Perimenopause is a term that describes the menopause transition years. Menopause is defined as no menstrual periods for 12 months since the last period.

Common symptoms reported by people with menopause

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with menopause

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Premarin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
14
Tried for
menopause (14) Vaginal dryness (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
10
Tried for
Pain (8) Hot flashes (1)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
Depressed mood (7) menopause (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Osphena)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
menopause (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
Anxious mood (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
Anxious mood (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
Pain (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
Insomnia (4) Anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
Depressed mood (3) Pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Estrogen patch)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
menopause (4)

Data from patients with menopause, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with menopause

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Premarin)
Perceived effectiveness
for menopause (5 evaluations)
Side effects
Cramps Hives (urticaria) 2 more
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
menopause (14) Vaginal dryness (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (5 evaluations)
Side effects
Fatigue Hyperactivity 3 more
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
Pain (8) Hot flashes (1)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (7 evaluations)
Side effects
Auditory hallucinations Blurry vision 10 more
Total evaluations
13
Tried for
Depressed mood (7) menopause (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Osphena)
Perceived effectiveness
for menopause (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
menopause (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Loss of balance
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
Anxious mood (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
Anxious mood (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (5 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Drowsiness 2 more
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
Pain (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Groggy in morning Racing thoughts
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
Insomnia (4) Anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
Depressed mood (3) Pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Estrogen patch)
Perceived effectiveness
for menopause (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Heart palpitations
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
menopause (4)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with menopause, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has menopause on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 0
20s 5
30s 14
40s 104
50s 414
60s 102
70+ 11
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1
20-29 years 15
30-39 years 49
40-49 years 181
50-59 years 79
60-69 years 0
70+ years 0

Sex

Distribution of sex

98% Female
2% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 288
Not Diagnosed 63

These charts show data from menopause patients who have completed their condition history
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