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What does the loss of estrogen during menopause lead to?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Estrogen certainly gets around. It impacts so many parts of your body and its functions. When the body stops producing estrogen, it can cause a range of problems, including hot flashes, facial flushing, night sweats, vaginal dryness, vaginal tissue thinning, low bone density, osteoporosis, fractures and problems with sex, sleep, fatigue, mood and thinking.

These symptoms of menopause can be completely disabling in some women, enough for them to want to do something about it. For some women, estrogen can stop suddenly as if the ovaries were removed, or if they have premature ovarian failure (POF), with early menopause, or menopause that occurs at a normal age (usually between the age of 47 and 55). Essentially, estrogen production can slow down or stop for a variety of reasons, and if it’s affecting your quality of life, you should talk to your doctor.

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