Gynecologic Health

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about prevention and wellness for women.

What is menopause?

Dr. J. Scott Bembry discusses the most common sign of early menopause or perimenopause. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


Menopause comes from the Greek words “meno” and “pause.” “Meno” means month, and “pause” means to stop. Basically it's when your ovaries stop working and no longer respond to stimulation from the pituitary gland. The follicle doesn't form. It doesn’t produce estrogen. There’s no further ovulation and there’s also significantly less production of estrogen, progesterone and testosterone.

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Source: Rashmi Bolinjkar, MD, Upper Valley Womens Center; Jeremy Crouch, MD, Womens Health Specialists and Midwives of Dayton; Heather Hilkowitz, MD, Hilltop Obstetrics and Gynecology; Amanda Fox, CNP, Dulan and Moore Dulan Family Wellness Center; Kathryn Lorenz, MD, Hyatt Family Care; William Rush, MD, Lifestages Samaritan Centers for Women; Jerome Yaklic, MD, Wright State Physicians Obstetrics and Gynecology; Mansi Amin, DO, SureCare Medical Center; Amy Renshaw, MD, Center for Womens Health and Wellness; J. Scott Bembry, Premier OB/GYN; L. William Rettig, III, MD,Lifestages Centers for Women; Elyse Weber, PA, Lifestages Centers for Women; Rhonda Washington, MD, Center for Womens Health and Wellness; Stacy Hudepohl, CNM, Center for Womens Health and Wellness; Larry Holland, DO, Premier Womens Center

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