Hormones and Menopause

Patient Guide

The endocrine system is a network of glands and organs that produce, store, and secrete hormones. Sometimes called “the change,” menopause is the time, around age 50, when a woman’s ovaries produce fewer hormones and she stops having a monthly period. Menopause takes place gradually over four or five years. Symptoms can occur more abruptly, such as if you have your ovaries removed.There are challenges in menopause but by staying strong and active is key to living a long healthy life.

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