Sex steroid hormones throughout the female lifespan

Women have a unique biology with regard to sex steroid hormone secretion, characterised by distinct phases of life in terms of ovarian function and reproductive capacity.

A revision of the STRAW (Stages of Reproductive Aging Workshop) criteria highlights that ovarian aging is associated with key hormonal and clinical manifestations from menarche until late postmenopausal years.

The STRAW +10 criteria are: menstrual cycle length and frequency, hormonal changes, antral follicle count and the symptoms of oestradiol