menopause, climacteric, change of life(noun)
the time in a woman's life in which the menstrual cycle ends
The ending of menstruation; the time in a woman's life when this happens.
Origin: From menopausis, from ἔμμηνος + παῦσις. Equivalent to .
the period of natural cessation of menstruation. See Change of life, under Change
Origin: [Gr. mh`n month + to cause to cease. See Menses.]
Menopause literally means the "end of monthly cycles", from the Greek word pausis and the root men-. Menopause is an event that typically occurs in women in midlife, during their late 40s or early 50s, and it signals the end of the fertile phase of a woman's life. However, rather than being defined by the state of the uterus and the absence of menstrual flow, menopause is more accurately defined as the permanent cessation of the primary functions of the ovaries: the ripening and release of ova and the release of hormones that cause both the creation of the uterine lining, and the subsequent shedding of the uterine lining. This transition from a potentially reproductive to a non-reproductive state is the result of a reduction in female hormonal production by the ovaries. This transition is normally not sudden or abrupt, tends to occur over a period of years, and is a consequence of biological aging. However, for some women, the accompanying signs and effects that can occur during the menopause transition years can significantly disrupt their daily activities and sense of well-being. In addition, women who have some sort of functional disorder affecting the reproductive system can go into menopause at a younger age than the normal timeframe. The functional disorders often significantly speed up the menopausal process and create more significant health problems, both physical and emotional, for the affected woman.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
The last menstrual period. Permanent cessation of menses (MENSTRUATION) is usually defined after 6 to 12 months of AMENORRHEA in a woman over 45 years of age. In the United States, menopause generally occurs in women between 48 and 55 years of age.
The numerical value of menopause in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of menopause in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
It can also be the result of the normal drop in estrogen levels after childbirth, during breastfeeding, or as you approach perimenopause and menopause.
Some women retain the ability to masturbate and climax across menopause because of higher androgen levels but maybe their sexual function with a partner is impaired due to many other reasons.
Women should be made aware that although vaginal symptoms and urinary incontinence tend to become worse in the years following menopause, treatments are available, if needed, as are treatments for depression.
The social context in which a woman lives is important to her understanding and experience of the menopausal transition, when looking at different countries, variations in symptom reporting can be attributed to language differences, culturally shaped expectations about menopause, culturally influenced gender roles and socioeconomic status.
None of us could have pre-supposed 10 years later what we would have felt like going through menopause. None of us could have really honestly understood what it meant physiologically, what it meant hormonally, how we would handle it, how we would handle younger children, how we would handle dying parents or aging parents. I mean, there are serious issues.
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- Menopause, WechseljahreGerman
- 閉経, 更年期Japanese
- overgangsalderNorwegian Nynorsk
- менопауза, климаксRussian
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