I wondered if I was starting the menopause , but decided that I was too young.
The hot flushes and the night sweats have been worse than when I was just through the natural menopause .
In women after the menopause , the lack of oestrogen can lead to a weakening of the muscles associated with the bladder and the urethral sphincter.
Loss of muscle increases six-fold at the time of the menopause so it may have a connection with estrogen.
Smokers and childless women are known to go through the menopause at a younger age than other women.
Smoking can cause infertility and an early menopause in women, and sperm problems in men.
Menstrual cycles can occur without ovulation taking place as the menopause approaches.
Every woman who has periods will go through the menopause at some time in her life, usually between the ages of 42 and 58.
After menopause , the ovaries produce lower levels of the hormones estrogen and progesterone.
Some view the menopause as a significant stage in ageing.