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Why does menopause occur?

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Dr. Alan Feldman
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
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In brief: Ovaries stop working

Physiologically, menopause occurs when the ovaries stop producing eggs, and then stop making estrogen.
If you are asking teleologically why this occurs, it is because, from an evolution point of view, it is not advantageous for a species to produce offspring at an older age when they are not likely to live long enough to have the offspring survive (life expectancy was

In brief: Ovaries stop working

Physiologically, menopause occurs when the ovaries stop producing eggs, and then stop making estrogen.
If you are asking teleologically why this occurs, it is because, from an evolution point of view, it is not advantageous for a species to produce offspring at an older age when they are not likely to live long enough to have the offspring survive (life expectancy was
Dr. Alan Feldman
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