The menopause is when a woman stops having periods and is no longer able to get pregnant naturally.
The menopause is when a woman stops having periods. It's a natural part of ageing that usually happens between 45 and 55 years old.
Symptoms of the menopause include hot flushes, night sweats and vaginal dryness.
The main treatment for menopausal symptoms is hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Not all women need treatment.
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