science Hot Flashy Facts You Didn't Know About Menopause  

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Don't be ashamed: there are definitely some of you out there who have wondered, "What is menopause?" Menopause is a hormonal change that women go through when they are in their late forties or early fifties. During menopause, a woman will stop ovulating and stop having periods, making her no longer able to bear children. A woman is considered to be menopausal when she goes 12 months without having a period.

But maybe you already knew all that. The rest of this list consists of menopause facts that you probably didn't know. This list explains what happens during menopause, so if you haven't gone through it yet, read this to find out all you have to look forward to. You'll also find some interesting scientific tidbits about menopause and why it happens. Vote up the most surprising facts about menopause.
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Menopause Leads to a Loss of Bone Density

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The so-called "sex hormones" in our bodies do much more than just run our reproductive system. The drop in estrogen during menopause can lead to a loss in bone density, which can lead to fractures. Women can combat this effect on their bones by taking calcium and vitamin D supplements and lifting weights.
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Menopause Isn't Limited to Humans

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Scientists used to think that humans were the only animals to live past their fertile years, but they recently discovered that female gorillas also go through menopause. This discovery may help scientists figure out why menopause evolved in the first place.
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Changes in the Hypothalamus Cause Hot Flashes

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The reason why menopausal women get hot flashes is debatable, but many experts believe that the drop in estrogen adversely affects the hypothalamus gland, which regulates body temperature. The brain might be deceived into thinking that the body is too hot when it really isn't, and the response - faster heart rate and blood vessel dilation - causes the hot flash.
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The Ovaries Stop Producing Estrogen

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During menopause, the ovaries stop producing estrogen. With no estrogen production from the ovaries, a woman no longer ovulates or menstruates. The drop in estrogen also causes other bodily changes outside the reproductive system.