What is Menopause?

It is the law of nature. A tadpole turns in to a frog. A caterpillar turns in to a butterfly. Spring turns to autumn. Menopause is a metamorphosis, every woman has to undergo. A change, which manifests itself in the way she thinks, feels and functions. For some, menopause is a freedom from the concerns of pregnancy and PMS, while for others it is the end of attractiveness and good health.
In some cultures, menopause is a welcome phase. Women are glad to be free from the burdens of menstrual cycles. The cessation of childbearing years is a welcome relief. A woman can now enjoy being intimate without the fear of pregnancy and participate in festivities and rituals without being ostracized.

Menopause is the time when a woman stops having menstrual periods.

Menopause is defined as the state of an absence of menstrual periods for 12 months. The transition into menopausal phase starts with varying menstrual cycle length and ends with the final menstrual period. Perimenopause is a term sometimes used and means “the time around menopause.” It is often used to refer to the menopausal transitional period. It is not officially a medical term, but is sometimes used to explain certain aspects of the menopause transition in lay terms. “Postmenopausal” is a term used to as an adjective to refer to the time after menopause has occurred.