Age is the leading cause of #menopause. It's the end of a woman's childbearing years, brought on by the #ovaries gradually slowing down. Certain surgeries and medical treatment can induce menopause. Those include surgical removal of the ovaries, #chemotherapy, and pelvic radiation therapy. Having a #hysterectomy without removing the ovaries does not lead to menopause, although you will not have #periods anymore.