Jun 06, 2012
|The female body’s ability to procreate and give birth is the result of an intricate combination of chemical, physical and emotional interchanges within the body. As women mature from puberty, their bodies establish a cycle of care for the reproductive system which includes a monthly maintenance program of cleansing and the redevelopment of the hormonal components essential to the system. A young woman’s first physical manifestation of the cycle, known as the menarche, is the onset of the life giving process. The female reproductive system has a time-limited span of fertility between menarche and menopause, menopause being the cessation of the menses.||
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The physiological reason for the onset of the cycle is the preparation of the uterus to receive a fertilized egg. Fertility declines with age, possibly as a result of less frequent ovulation and the declining ability of the uterine tubes and uterus to support the young embryo. The primary events in the cyclical process are controlled by hormones and the physical manifestations of female menopause are thought to be brought on by the decrease of estrogen production. Menopause is a natural phenomena that occurs, in most cases, between 40 to 50 years of age and happens to both men and women. In women the ovaries become less responsive to the stimulation of gonadotropic hormones resulting in a decline in the production of estrogen and progesterone, which interrupts the normal development of the primordial follicles in the ovaries. Throughout a woman’s reproductive life, these primordial follicles grow into primary follicles and ovulate, the “burn out” occurs because the primordial follicles decrease with age. As they decrease in number, the ability of the ovaries to produce estrogen also decreases.
Menopause Supplements : The female hormone estrogen is primarily produced in the ovaries. However, the adrenal glands also produce estrogen and progesterone, and healthy adrenals may account for the ability of some women to experience fewer symptoms associated with the menopausal transition.
- Michael Schwartz, N.M.D.