Menopause is that time in a woman’s life when the ovaries stop producing estrogen and she stops having periods. Menopause is a natural biological process, not a medical problem. Although it’s associated with hormonal, physical and psychosocial changes in your life, menopause isn’t the end of your youth or your sexuality.

Menopause is usually a natural process. But certain surgical or medical treatments can bring on menopause earlier than expected. These include:

  • Surgical removal of ovaries
  • Chemotherapy and radiation therapy. These cancer therapies can induce menopause. But they usually do so

gradually, and you may have months or years of perimenopausal symptoms before you actually reach menopause
Menopause does not occur overnight, it is gradual and most people reach menopause between the ages of 45 and 55, the average being around 50. This depends on the individual body development and hormone levels. As you approach menopause the production of hormones (for example: estrogen) by the ovaries starts to slow down.

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