Could men be to blame for the menopause?
Women who are suffering menopausal symptoms may now have someone to accuse, according to experts. New research suggests men ‘are to blame’ for everything from hot flushes to night sweats and mood swings. But why?
Men’s tendency to choose younger mates meant fertility became pointless for older women, say evolutionary geneticists from Canada’s McMaster University. And in PLOS Computational Biology, it’s thought this eventually led to the menopause.
Menopause was seen as the block to older women from continuing to reproduce, and researchers have long puzzled over why it appears that humans are the only specials where females cannot continue reproducing as their lives progress.
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