Menopause is the cessation of viable egg production in the female.
Menopause is sometimes said to lead to:
- hormonal imbalance
- lack of negative feedback to the hypothalamus/activity
- continued release of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH).
Some books and other sources of information mention the following as possible symptoms of the menopause:
- hot flushes
- night sweats
- mood swings
- increased risk of heart attack
- increase in rate of osteoporosis - see also osteoporosis in the news.
Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is sometimes used to 'treat' the menopause medically. However, this has also been associated with an increased risk of breat cancer - see also breast cancer in the news.
There are also various alternative, that is non-allopathic, approaches used to ease experience of the menopause. More information about alternative approaches is widely available from appropriately qualified practitioners.
For more about other conditions visit the page diseases and disorders of the endocrine system.
- Introduction to the Endocrine System
- What is a hormone ?
- Water Soluble Hormones vs Fat Soluble Hormones
- Triggers for Hormone Release
- Hormone Regulation Feedback Mechanism
- Major Glands of the Endocrine System
- The Pituitary Gland
- The Adrenal Glands
- Non-endocrine tissues that release hormones
- Conditions of the Endocrine System