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What happens during menopause?

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Menopause is defined as the state of an absence of menstrual periods for 12 months.

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Menopause is defined as the state of an absence of menstrual periods for 12 months. Menopause is the point at which estrogen and progesterone production decreases permanently to very low levels. The ovaries stop producing eggs and a woman is no longer able to get pregnant naturally. During the transition into menopause, some women experience an increased risk for depression. Scientists are exploring how the cyclical rise and fall of estrogen and other hormones may affect the brain chemistry that is associated with depressive illness.
(Sources: National Institute of Mental Health and National Women’s Health Center.)

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