The lack of estrogen and progesterone causes many changes in women's physiology that affect their health and well-being. These changes include:
menstrual cycles: the build-up and sloughing off of the lining of the uterus in women commencing at puberty and proceeding until menopause menopause: phase in a woman's life during which ovulation and menstruation end hormone: molecules produced by one set of cells that influence the function of another set of cells estrogen: hormone that helps control female development and menstruation genetics: inheritance through genes menopausal: related to menopause, the period during which women cease to ovulate and menstruate physiology: the group of biochemical and physical processes that combine to make a functioning organism, or the study of same cholesterol: multi-ringed molecule found in animal cell membranes; a type of lipid coronary heart disease: disease of the coronary arteries, the blood vessels surrounding the heart calcium: mineral essential for bones and teeth osteoporosis: weakening of the bone structure basal metabolism: level of body energy consumption and chemical processes in the absence of exertion cardiovascular: related to the heart and circulatory system fatigue: tiredness anxiety: nervousness cancer: uncontrolled cell growth aerobic: designed to maintain adequate oxygen in the bloodstream phytoestrogen: plant-derived estrogen compound legumes: beans, peas, and related plants
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