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The menopause is where a woman's ovaries stop producing an egg every four weeks. This causes her monthly periods to stop and she will no longer be able to have children.
Symptoms of the menopause
The menopause can cause a wide range of physical and psychological symptoms. The first symptom is usually a change in the pattern of your monthly periods.
Causes of the menopause
The menopause is caused by a change in the balance of the body's sex hormones. Oestrogen levels decrease, causing the ovaries to stop ovulating.
Treating the symptoms of menopause
Many women do not need treatment for the menopause, with about one in 10 women seeking medical advice.
Self-help advice for managing menopausal symptoms
Medication may not be needed if you do not have severe menopausal symptoms. Making simple changes to your diet and lifestyle may help ease your symptoms.
'There's a lot of help out there'
Pat found a few simple lifestyle changes made her menopause symptoms easier to manage.
'The night sweats really got to me'
Barbara Hunt, 59, a retired civil servant from Canterbury, Kent, has had many ups and downs with the menopause and HRT.
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