Menopause is a process in which a woman’s body undergoes changes which are basically due to the ovaries producing less estrogen and progesterone. Menopause usually begins in the late 30’s and early 40’s. The remaining eggs in the ovaries are less likely to be fertilized. Eventually the menstrual period stops completely and a woman can no longer become pregnant. This process occurs over a period of years.
There are two basic types of menopause:
- Natural Menopause
- Surgical Menopause (after removal of the uterus and ovaries, called a total hysterectomy)
For more detailed information about menopause, see our Women’s Health Channel.