When a womans ovaries no longer release eggs and she hasnt menstrated in one year, she has entered menopause. It marks the end of a womans reproductive period, when her body begins to produce less estrogen and progesterone.
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A women officially enters menopause when she hasnt had a menstrual cycle in one year, which usually occurs between the ages of 45 and 55. After menopause, a woman can no longer become pregnant. While every woman is affected differently by menopause, it can be characterized by symptoms such as hot flashes, moodiness and irregular sleep.
Because a womans body begins to produce less estrogen and progesterone after menopause, post-menopausal women are more prone to several health problems, including osteoporosis and heart disease.
Symptoms and Side Effects
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Sleep disturbances
- Vaginal dryness