What is menopause?

Wellness Update - - Let's Talk Menopause -

Menopause is the point in time when a woman's men­strual pe­ri­ods stop. Some peo­ple call the years lead­ing up to a woman's last pe­riod "menopause," but that time ac­tu­ally is per­i­menopause (PER-ee-MEN-oh-pawz). Pe­ri­ods can stop for a while and then start again, so a woman is con­sid­ered to have been through menopause only af­ter a full year with­out pe­ri­ods. (There also can’t be some other rea­son for the pe­ri­ods stop­ping like be­ing sick or preg­nant.) Af­ter menopause, a woman no longer can get preg­nant. It is com­mon to ex­pe­ri­ence symp­toms such as hot flashes in the time around menopause. The aver­age age of menopause is 51, but for some women it hap­pens in their 40s or later in their 50s. Some­times called “the change of life,” menopause is a nor­mal part of life.

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