Menopause is the time in a woman's life when her periods (menstruation) eventually stop and the body goes through changes that no longer allow for pregnancy. It is a natural event that normally occurs in women age 45 - 55. And for some women can be incredibly upsetting and emotionally traumatic. Not to mention the sometimes extreme side effects of menopause that can last years.
During menopause, a woman's ovaries stop making eggs and they produce less estrogen and progesterone. Changes in these hormones cause menopause symptoms. Periods occur less often and eventually stop. Sometimes it happens suddenly. Most of the time, periods slowly stop over time and symptoms will go on for years. Menopause is considered complete when you have not had a period for 1 year. This is called postmenopause. Women who are postmenopausal can no longer get pregnant.