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Menopause – Causes

Jennifer R. Berman, MD Jennifer R. Berman, MD February 17, 2021
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"Menopause is a natural transition that occurs in the life cycle of all women. All women, all of us are eventually going to go through menopause. When we go through menopause is different for each woman, but generally around the age of between 51 and 53, sometimes 55, menopause starts. So natural menopause occurs in all women. No matter what we want or what we do, all women are eventually going to go through menopause, which means our ovarian function declines and basically goes kaput. And at that point, our estrogen progesterone, testosterone, DGA, even thyroid levels can take a significant dip. Other causes or reasons why a woman becomes menopausal could be surgically induced, meaning that her ovaries are removed or her ovaries and uterus are removed, for cancer reasons, for SIS reasons, for any other condition in which case ovaries need to be removed. So that would be surgically induced menopause.

There's also chemically induced of menopause that occurs due to medications. Chemotherapy, a very common one. Radiation therapy. Any medication or injury to the ovarian glandular tissue can throw somebody into menopause. Stress is another big factor that can throw a perimenopausal woman into menopause or a pre- or peri-menopausal woman into early menopause. So stress is a really big factor that can impact hormone balance and cause women to go into menopause. And another cause for menopause is medically induced or medically related. So women with thyroid disorders, auto-immune disorders, lupus, fibromyalgia, [?], rheumatoid arthritis, all of those auto-immune diseases and disorders can impact ovarian function and cause early menopause."

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