Speaking at the Telegraph Hay Festival, biologist Aarthi Prasad, said that the menopause is something that could be ‘overcome’ as we evolve.

She explained that scientists are investigating early menopause and looking for a specific gene that causes the condition.

This could eventually lead to gene therapy for all women.

She said: ‘The mood of scientists working on this and looking into the future is we will either technologically or scientifically evolve out of the menopause.