Alternate Names : Change of Life, Climacteric
Menopause is the point in a woman's life when
stops for good. This means she is no longer able to have children.
Menopause occurs in most women between the ages of 35 and 58. It is a
natural event in a woman's life. Surgical menopause occurs when a
woman has both of her ovaries removed.
What is going on in the body?
By the time a woman is in her mid 30s, the level of the
hormone estrogen in her body begins to drop. Levels gradually decline
until a woman stops menstruating.
The period during which estrogen levels are dropping but the woman is
still menstruating is called perimenopause
or premenopause. The point at which the estrogen level has declined
enough so that menstruation stops is called menopause. The
period of time that begins after menstruation permanently stops is
known as postmenopause.
What are the causes and risks of the condition?
Menopause is a natural part of a woman's life. A woman's
estrogen level decreases over time, causing her to stop
A woman who has her ovaries removed because of disease will also go