The menopause is officially defined as the cessation of menstruation. When a woman has not had a period for 12 months, she is said to be ‘menopausal’. The peri-menopausal period is defined as “the time shortly before the occurrence of the menopause”. This is not hugely helpful when medical sources add that the peri-menopause lasts an average of four years and the menopause itse...
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