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The average age is 51. It can cause various symptoms such as hot flushes. A simple blood test can tell you whether you are Menopausal or not and HRT can help some women during this time.
The menopause, sometimes referred to as the "change of life", is the end of menstruation. This is a woman's ovaries stop producing an egg every four weeks. Watch the video on this page to hear two women describe their experience of the menopause, and learn about common symptoms and treatments.
The menopause can cause various symptoms such as hot flushes and changes to your vagina and genital skin. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) may ease symptoms. However, if you take HRT you have a very small increased risk of developing serious diseases such as breast cancer. If you are considering taking HRT, you should discuss the risks and benefits fully with your doctor.