Causes of Menopause

A woman is born with a finite number of eggs, which are stored in the ovaries. The ovaries also produce the hormones estrogen and progesterone, which regulate menstruation and ovulation. Menopause occurs when the ovaries are totally depleted of eggs and no amount of stimulation from the regulating hormones can force them to work.

In such cases the woman stops having periods and her fertility period ends.  Menopause is a part of the natural aging process in a woman and marks the end of a woman's child bearing years. An artificial menopause may be caused by medical intervention in those who want an early stop to their periods and child bearing capacities. Menopause, when it occurs between the ages of 45 and 55, is considered "natural" and is a normal part of aging. But, some women can experience menopause early, either as a result of a surgical intervention, such as hysterectomy, or damage to the ovaries, such as from chemotherapy. Menopause that occurs before the age of 45, regardless of the cause, is called premature menopause.

This creates a very unpleasant physical imbalance called hormone imbalance that leads to menopausal symptoms. And most of the menopause symptoms experienced by women in the industrialized countries ARE NOT NORMAL! The consequences of hormone imbalance causes early menopause.

Stress, lack of exercise, progesterone deficiency due to missed ovulations, obesity, exposure to chemicals, synthetic hormone replacement therapy, poor diet, heredity and estrogen dominance are all factors in creating this "hormone imbalance" which causes early menopause.

Most important, even though menopause is not an illness, you shouldn't hesitate to get treatment if you're having severe symptoms. There are conventional treatments and holistic treatments available, from lifestyle adjustments to hormone therapy.


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