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