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Menopause (also known as the "Change of life" or climacteric) is a stage of the human female reproductive cycle that occurs as the ovaries stop producing estrogen, causing the reproductive system to gradually shut down.

As the body adapts to the changing levels of natural hormones, vasomotor symptoms such as hot flashes and palpitations appear.

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