Menopause - an overview
The menopause is when a woman's body stops ovulating, due to a fall in the levels of oestrogen and progesterone.
Just as women start their periods at different ages, they also reach menopause at different ages.
However, just like the menarche (the onset of periods) is hereditary, so is the onset of menopause.
In the western world, women usually hit menopause between 40 and 60 years of age, with the average age being 51.
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