Most women reach the menopause in their late forties or early fifties, but it can happen anytime from puberty onwards. When symptoms occur, the most common treatment offered by doctors is hormone replacement therapy. But should women readily accept the HRT solution? Full of fascinating personal stories, Caroline Hawkridge's highly readable, up-to-date guide gives you the tools you need to understand the HRT debate and the possible benefits and risks. It explains: the different types of menopause; why some women lack hormones or have an early menopause; what HRT is and the different kinds available; how HRT may protect you from certain diseases; the side-effects of HRT; alternative remedies, including natural progesterone; and, future therapies, such as 'designer' oestrogens (SERMs) and testosterone replacement.