Menopause causes include the natural declining process of follicles in the ovaries and others such as surgical menopause.
Some women usually get anxious about some of these causes-Is
menopause caused or hastened by anything related to their lifestyle? Are
there other causes other than the natural cause?
These are some of the questions that I would discuss in this brief article including the surgical menopause.
How Does It Occur?
A woman is born with a fixed number of ova or eggs in her ovaries. As
she ages, there is a drop in the number of these ova as well as a drop
in the level of estrogen and progesterone secreted.These the female
hormones that run the ovulation cycle. When they drop to a critical level, menses stop. That is menopause.
Keep in mind these associated facts
- A small amount of these hormones are still being produced by other tissues such as the bone and blood vessels.
is primarily the cessation of the function of the ovaries, especially
the production of hormones that affect many organs besides the uterus
which explains some of the symptoms such as bone pain( backache).
Menstrual bleeding is from the uterus.
- The natural
decline in hormones is not abrupt but takes place gradually, making
room for the body to develop adaptive mechanisms.
that the female hormones are not just for the ovulation cycle but they
affect almost any organ of a woman’s body. Therefore the critical drop
will cause some dysfunction in many tissues, producing the menopause
effects or symptoms which vary intensity from one woman to another.
Beside the natural decline of reproductive hormones, other causes of menopause include
- Surgical removal of the ovaries. This causes the surgical menopause. Women who have their uterus removed(hysterectomy) but still maintain their ovaries will not go immediately into menopause.
- Chemotherapy and radiation therapy. which can affect the ovaries.
- Primary ovarian insufficiency. Affects about 1% of women before 40 years. The ovaries fail in their function early in life.
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