So it’s the next stage, isn’t it? We have our babies and then we raise them – you’re over the pregnancies, the birth and all the feeding – breast or bottle; the sleepless nights are almost gone and the children are taking themselves to the toilet and in many cases to school..

And you think – great, survived that. And then boom – the big hormonal change… the menopause. Women don’t get it easy.

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IT looms in middle age like a great dark cloud but now a new book is encouraging women to embrace the menopause and treat it as a new beginning.

Author Carol E Wyer believes a positive attitude is the best way of getting through the change in life.

In her book, Grumpy Old Menopause, Carol, who is 53, hopes to convince women to stop fearing it and view it as an opportunity.

She said: “A lot of women say this is a good time and you become yourself if you treat it properly.

“If you learn to look after yourself, you will learn to like yourself better.

“You can feel far more confident at the end of it, you don’t have these bad headaches or the problems you might have had every month, so there’s a freedom of being at a different point in your life.

“We shouldn’t fear menopause. After all, we didn’t fear puberty.

“We need to get rid of the negativity associated with it and pick out the positives.”

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