4 Primary Causes of Menopause
Going through menopause was a life-changing event for me!  One of the questions I wanted answered was, "Why am I going through this?"  Here are the four main reasons women go through menopause...

Natural decline of reproductive hormones. As we approach our late 30s, our ovaries start making less estrogen and progesterone — the hormones that regulate menstruation — and our fertility declines.  In our 40s, our menstrual periods may become longer or shorter, heavier or lighter, and more or less frequent, until eventually — on average, by age 51 — our ovaries stop producing eggs, and we no longer have periods.

Hysterectomy. A hysterectomy that removes your uterus but not your ovaries usually doesn't cause immediate menopause. Although you will no longer have periods, your ovaries still release eggs and produce estrogen and progesterone.  
But surgery that removes both your uterus and your ovaries (total hysterectomy and bilateral oophorectomy) does cause immediate menopause.  Your periods stop immediately, and you're likely to have hot flashes and other menopausal signs and symptoms, which can be severe, as these hormonal changes occur abruptly rather than over several years.

Chemotherapy and radiation therapy. These cancer therapies can induce menopause, causing symptoms such as hot flashes during or shortly after the course of treatment.  The halt to menstruation (and fertility) is not always permanent following chemotherapy.

Primary ovarian insufficiency.  About 1 percent of women experience menopause before age 40 (premature menopause).  Menopause may result from primary ovarian insufficiency — when your ovaries fail to produce normal levels of reproductive hormones — stemming from genetic factors or autoimmune disease.  But often no cause can be found. 

I hope you enjoyed this article and found it helpful!  If you would like to speak to me directly about anything related to this post, please reach out to me here.  Have a great week!

~ Jennifer


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