Menopause is the climacteric or climax, change of life. Between the ages of forty-five and fifty the average woman undergoes gradual changes in the sex glands that bring on certain symptoms. These symptoms are definitely related to the breaking down of the glands. Most common is the appearance of what are called hot flashes, during which the entire body becomes warm and there is excessive perspiration, followed by chilliness. Changes in the circulation bring on palpitation, headache and dizziness; frequently are associated with irritability and also with sleeplessness. Fortunately, new discoveries have developed substitutes for the glandular materials which are effective in stopping the most serious symptoms. These are mostly estrogenic hormones, and synthetic forms are known, called stilbesterol. These drugs, when suitably prescribed by the doctor, have been of the greatest importance in freeing women from the fears associated with the menopause and in overcoming the disagreeable symptoms.

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