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Talking about the menopause: symptoms, support and the role of exercise
Talking about the menopause: symptoms, support and the role of exercise

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7 Which hormones are involved during menopause?

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A hormone is described as being a ‘chemical messenger’ that is transported around the body to stimulate action in specific cells or tissues (Burrell et al., 2014). There are a total of some 47 hormones secreted from nine endocrine glands in our bodies, including the ovaries. They are responsible for a range of functions including sleep regulation, metabolic processes, blood sugar control, maintaining healthy blood pressure, regulating fluid volume and keeping bones healthy.

During the menopause changing levels of three hormones – oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone – have an impact on the body and mind. You will look at each of these hormones now.