Dr. Sitruk-Ware explains when menopause starts.
It has varied over the centuries. Nowadays, the menopause would be around 50 years old, when the women reach 50 to 55, irregularity of menses can start even ten years before. So before the age of 50, from age 45, the woman can have irregular cycles, lack of ovulation, decrease or increase in estrogen secretion, and these abnormal hormonal secretion would lead to other kind of symptoms. So she would need to consult with a physician to adjust her hormonal environment.
About Dr. Sitruk-Ware, M.D.:
Dr. Régine L. Sitruk-Ware is a reproductive endocrinologist and the executive director of research and development at the Population Council’s Center of Biomedical Research. She supervises the basic research in reproductive biology as well as the pre-clinical research and clinical development of new molecules designed for reproductive healthcare in men and women suitable for use in developing countries. Prior to joining the Council, she had a successful academic career in Paris, France and then an international career in research and development. She taught and conducted clinical research in reproductive endocrinology at the University of Paris for ten years. From 1983 to 1989 she was a member of the International Committee for Contraceptive Research (ICCR), established by the Population Council in 1970. RSW is now chairing the ICCR since January 2007. She is a member of several national and international medical societies. She has been a founding member of the International Menopause Society and a member of its Board for several terms and is presently the General Secretary of that society. She is also member of the Expert group on Hormonal Contraception of the European Society for Contraception. She is the Program Director and Principal Investigator of a NIH Center grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.
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