Why DO women go through the menopause? And how genetics and lifestyle choices can bring it on early
The menopause, which simply means stopping menstruation, marks the end of a woman's reproductive life.
In fact, it is a universal feature of all mammalian females. But why does it exist?
Some people believe that the menopause frees older women from hormonal upset and childrearing, so they can pitch in and look after the grandchildren.
Others argue that it is simply set by how long a species needs to raise infants to the age of independence, or to avoid the increased dangers of childbirth in middle age.
On a basic biological level, to understand exactly why it happens when it does, we need... read more
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