menopause (MEH-nuh-pawz)

The time of life when a woman’s ovaries stop producing hormones and menstrual periods stop.
Natural menopause usually occurs around age 50. A woman is said to be in menopause when she
hasn’t had a period for 12 months in a row. Symptoms of menopause include hot flashes, mood
swings, night sweats, vaginal dryness, trouble concentrating, and infertility.

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