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    USAKDOG posted:
    I am 54 years old and postmenopausal. No period for 5 years. I was on HRT for two and a half years and stopped. Recently I have been experiencing severe hot flashes and some severe anxiety. I talked with nurse practitioner that stated that menopausal symptoms can return when HRT was used in the onset. She suggested an anti-depressant, Celexa, which my pharmacist said was not a good choice. What other options do I have that would be safer to help me through this.
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    An_252350 responded:
    Postmenopause is defined as the time after menopause. Technically, a woman is postmenopausal from the moment menopause occurs until the end of her life.

    Differences between Post Menopause and MenopauseDoctors define menopause as a single moment when a woman has not menstruated for 12 whole months. After this point, a woman is postmenopausal.

    Average Age of Post MenopauseOf course, all women experience changes differently, and therefore the age-range of when women first become postmenopausal is great. Natural postmenopause (as opposed to induced) usually begins in women between their late 40s to early 60s.


    Symptoms:
    "022 Vaginal dryness and itching
    "022 Weight gain
    "022 Stress incontinence
    "022 Urinary tract infections
    "022 Insomnia
    "022 Occasional hot flashes


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