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What's the affect of lower estrogen levels during menopause?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner
Lowered levels of the female hormone estrogen cause your menstruation cycles to stop. Known as menopause, or the change of life ending your fertility, low estrogen also cause vaginal dryness, irritation, and itching that can cause discomfort and pain during intercourse.
Talk to your doctor about lubricants that can help relieve the dryness. Other effects of lower estrogen levels include:
  • Stress
  • Bladder control problems
  • Sleep problems
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Intimacy problems

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