Sinead O'connor is excited about starting the menopause.

The eccentric Irish singer - who has four children from previous relationships - thinks she has reached the stage in her life her menstrual period will permanently stop and says she can't wait to start the ''hot flushes'' which go along with it.

She tweeted: ''I think I've started menopause!!! Am SO excited!! Can't WAIT for the first hot flush!! (sic)''

Sinead, 45, recently claimed she has grown more open-minded as she has gotten older and wants to bare all for Playboy before she dies.

She said: ''There's so much I wouldn't liked to do when I was younger and I was too miserable and Irish.

''A Playboy shoot is on my bucket list. And I like the idea of doing some interview in weird sex gear, talking about something really serious. The economy!

''You can talk about serious issues while you're b****ck naked. On all fours in your dog collar!''