End Organ Response to Estrogen Deprivation

  • Richard L. Voet
Part of the Clinical Perspectives in Obstetrics and Gynecology book series (CPOG)


The effect of estrogen deprivation upon organs which have a high dependency for circulating estrogen will be considered in this chapter. Although the menopause is the primary reason for estrogen deprivation, there are other situations which provide clinical models for the study of estrogen dependency and the result of its deprivation. The menopause has a significant complicating factor in that the aging process must also be considered when evaluating the effect of estrogens on host tissues. The aging process is a physiologic phenomenon which is currently the subject of many excellent reviews1–8 and ongoing research. Aging begins at the moment of conception and continues throughout life. However, the aging process is usually referred to the period of life in which our bodies can no longer maintain the equilibrium and literally begin to “wear out.”


Fallopian Tube Postmenopausal Patient Vaginal Epithelium Germinal Epithelium Uterine Corpus 
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