Circle of Life Women's Center has established this website for educational purposes only. It is
not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice of a health care provider. Proper
diagnosis & treatment for a patient may vary depending on individual circumstances. All
patients are encouraged to consult with their physician regarding any and all medical conditions.
Menopause is the time in a woman’s life when she stops menstruating. Natural menopause is
genetically pre-determined and typically occurs between the ages of 48 and 52. However, some women will go through menopause
at an earlier or later age. Menopause is a normal, biological event that all women experience. Once a woman reaches menopause,
she can no longer bear children.
Before menstruation stops completely at menopause, most women will go through pre-menopause and
peri-menopause. During pre-menopause, menstrual periods begin to become irregular. During peri-menopause, menstrual periods often
become highly irregular and women may experience symptoms of menopause, such as hot flashes, vaginal dryness, or sleep disturbances.
Peri-menopause occurs a few years before a woman reaches menopause. Once a woman reaches menopause, menstruation will stop forever
unless she takes hormone replacement therapy.
("Menopause". Imaginis. <http://www.imaginis.com>)