Menopause: Overview

menopause.jpgThe menopause, also called the change of life, is defined as the end of the last menstrual period. It occurs on average at 51 years, but there is a wide range of normal extending from your 30s to 60s.

The menopause occurs when the ovaries no longer respond to the controlling hormones released by the pituitary gland of the brain. As a result, the ovaries fail to release an egg each month and to produce the female sex hormones oestrogen and progesterone.

It is the fall in the levels of these hormones in the bloodstream that gives rise to the symptoms of menopause.



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