Menopause is an important aspect of a woman’s life – as is menarche (when menstrual periods first begin). Just as the onset of the periods indicates the start of the reproductive period in a woman, the menopause indicates when it ends.
What is Menopause?
Menopause is that period of time in a woman’s life when the reproductive cycle starts to draw to a close.
It is not an event that occurs in just one moment or a day.
We can only really say a woman has reached the Menopause when she has completely stopped having menstrual bleeding for a 12 month period.
Menopause – Meaning
This would imply that the ovaries are no longer responding to the body’s hormonal influence to produce eggs and thus she can no longer get pregnant.
Naturally, this phenomenon is most common from the ages of 45 years upwards in women.
However, a woman can be described as peri-menopausal.
This term is used to describe the entire period during which a woman has irregular periods and some symptoms of the menopause.
But without a period within 12 months she is not yet Menopausal.
It is possible to get pregnant in the peri-menopause.
‘Post-Menopausal’ is the term for describing the period after a woman has clearly attained menopause.
Then, she is no longer having periods.
She will also not have normal vaginal bleeding that could be from her menstrual periods.
The graphic below describes some symptoms of Menopause:
Editing by AskAwayHealth Team
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