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Other Conditions With Symptoms Similar to Menopause Symptoms

Other conditions that can cause symptoms similar to menopause symptoms include:

  • Conditions that lead to an absence of the menstrual periods (amenorrhea), such as pregnancy, severe weight loss or gain, or excessive exercise.
  • Emotional changes, such as stress, anxiety, or depression.
  • Problems with other hormones, which can result from problems with the thyroid gland (underactive or overactive), problems with the pituitary gland, or polycystic ovary syndrome.
  • Problems that can cause irregular bleeding. These include:
    • Irregular ovulation unrelated to an age-related drop in fertility.
    • Uterine fibroids, which are noncancerous growths in the uterus.
    • Endometrial polyps, which are another type of noncancerous growths in the uterus.
    • Endometrial hyperplasia, which is abnormal thickening of the lining of the uterus that can lead to uterine cancer if not treated.
    • Endometrial cancer, also known as uterine cancer.
    • Cervical cancer.
By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Carla J. Herman, MD, MPH - Geriatric Medicine
Last Revised April 26, 2012

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