First, may I present the biggest change for the Mature V, The Big M—Menopause. In this chapter I hope to address the many, myriad questions that you may face with your Mature V—the emotional as well as the physical and psychological—so that you do not have to be sidelined as you enter this next, exciting chapter of your life. Medically speaking, menopause is a natural condition in which your ovaries stop producing the estrogen that your body and vagina have, up until menopause, relied on. When estrogen production stops, so does your menstruation. Since
the main function of estrogen is to support the development of the female body and the female secondary sexual characteristics, it only makes sense that when estrogen is gone, every part of our body that makes us female is affected, some worse than others.
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