The menopause is when a woman stops having periods and is no longer able to get pregnant naturally.
You may notice that you periods start to become less frequent over a few months or years before stopping altogether. Sometimes they can stop suddenly.
The menopause is a natural part of ageing that usually occurs between 45 and 55 years of age, as a woman’s oestrogen levels decline. In the UK, the average age for a woman to reach the menopause is 51.
When the menopause hits, so can a variety of sexual problems like loss of sex drive. Try not to worry, it’s all very natural. We’ve also compiled some useful links on the menopause to help you understand what’s happening to your body: