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Womens Heath Care Menopause its symptoms treatments and risks Menopause is the medical term used to refer to the time in a womans life when her menstrual period ends no longer occurs It occurs naturally usually as a woman approaches a certain age when the ovaries stop making hormones called estrogen As a result estrogen levels drop and this leads to the end of monthly menstrual periods This usually happens between the ages of 45 and 60 but it can happen earlier Menopause can also occur when the ovaries are surgically removed or stop functioning for any other reason Low estrogen levels are linked to some uncomfortable symptoms in many women They include hot flashes irregular periods vaginal or urinary tract infections urinary incontinence leakage of urine or inability to control urine flow and inflammation of the vagina Also because of the changes in the urinary tract and vagina some women may have discomfort or pain during sexual intercourse Many women also notice changes in their skin digestive tract and hair during menopause In the long term some women experience problems linked to the low levels of estrogen found after menopause These may include osteoporosis and increased risk for heart disease Estrogen Progesterone Estrogen is the hormone which plays a key role in shaping the female body and preparing it for female functions such as pregnancy It is vital for the development of breasts and hips Other female organs also depend on the presence of estrogen in the body to mature Together with progesterone another female hormone made by the ovaries estrogen regulates the changes that occur with each monthly period and prepares the uterus for pregnancy Prior to menopause the ovaries make more than 90 of the estrogen in a womans body Other organs eg liver and kidneys et al also make small amounts of estrogen Thats why women continue to have low levels of estrogen after menopause Because fat cells
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