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Medical Menopause

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Updated May 04, 2009

Definition: Medical menopause is menopause induced by the use of certain prescription drugs, treatments or surgery.

Drugs/Treatment

Certain prescription drugs can cause your body to cease or suppress production of estrogen and progesterone, causing menopause. Prescription drugs that may induce menopause include Lupron and Zoladex. Medical menopause may also occur when women undergo chemotherapy and / or pelvic radiation therapy for cancer.

Surgery

Surgical menopause is another type of medical menopause that occurs, most frequently, after hysterectomy with bilateral oophorectomy (the removal of both ovaries.)

Medical menopause may be permanent or temporary.

Also Known As: induced menopause, chemical menopause
Examples:
My doctor prescribed Lupron for my endometriosis, which caused temporary medical menopause.

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