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Everything seems to happen at mid-life: The empty nest, menopause, affairs, and growing unhappiness with the daily grind. That red convertible looks tantalizingly good. You tally your failures and disappointments, and cannot muster a smidgen of gratitude.
Menopause refers to the transitional period of time in a woman's life when her ovaries start producing less of the steroid sex hormones estrogen and progesterone. Natural menopause is a gradual process, beginning with perimenopause, or premenopause, that usually begins in a woman's 40s or even 30s.