Dr. Berga introduces herself and explains how hormones are affected by aging.
Yes, I am Sarah Berga. I am the Chair of the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.
The change in hormones is throughout the life. So, you make hormones in utero, then you don’t make them for about 15 years, then you make them from 15 to say 45-50, but the change starts at around age 35.
And then we think of menopause as a discrete time when periods stop, but actually hormonal changes start long before that and there’s actually more hormones produced right after menopause then there are later.
So, we kind of say that beginning of periods is puberty and the end of periods is menopause, but really there’s a lot of change that happens anyway in between all of that.
About Dr. Berga, M.D.:
Dr. Sarah Berga is professor and chairman in the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics at Emory University School of Medicine. She is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology, and reproductive endocrinology. She received her undergraduate degree at the University of Virginia and later held an Obstetrics and Gynecology General Hospital Fellowship at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Berga’s research focuses on understanding the impact of psychogenic and metabolic stresses upon the reproductive system and as a cause of infertility, among other topics.
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